Review: Sojos Raw Dog Food and Dog Treats – Top Dog Tips (press release) (blog)

Most dog owners are beginning to realize that commercial kibble isn’t as healthy as they originally thought. These types of dog food are made with fillers to make your pet feel full while providing zero nutritional value. They also include artificial ingredients and some pretty scary chemicals and toxins. Sojos Natural Pet Foods are here to change things for good.

Sojos Raw Dog Food and Dog Treats ReviewThis understanding is what is pushing dog owners to find a healthier diet for their pet that still fits into their budget. The raw dog food diet is becoming increasingly popular with dog owners who wish to feed their dog a more natural diet. The diet is based on the theory that domesticated dogs need the same type of nutrition that their wild ancestors ate.

Sojos Raw Dog Food and Dog Treats ReviewIt’s a controversial diet, but many dog owners who’ve switched have mostly positive things to say about feeding their dog raw food. One of the most common drawbacks to the diet is the preparation work that goes into it. You must prepare the raw meat, cut vegetables and fruits and add any additional supplements your pet may need.

Sojos Raw Dog Food and Dog Treats ReviewIf you want your dog to reap the benefits of a raw diet without all the hassle, a raw dehydrated dog food might be a good option for your Fido. The food is dehydrated, which locks in all the nutrients. If you’re interested in this type of dog food, this company is a great choice.

Sojos is one of the most popular brands of raw, dehydrated dog food. They specialize in creating food and treats for dogs that are natural and made in the U.S.A. Their products are made with healthy, grain-free ingredients that come from human quality suppliers. Sojos also makes sure that all their products are easy to prepare, so you’ll be as happy with them as your dog will.

Sojos Raw Dog Food and Dog Treats Review

Sojos Raw Dog Food and Dog Treats Review
Photo: Sojos Natural Pet Food

Sojos was kind enough to send me samples of two of their raw dehydrated dog food formulas and two of their healthy dog treat options. Surprisingly, all three of our dogs enjoyed every product they sent!

I only say surprisingly, because we have three dogs with three very different pallets, so it’s impressive that they all enjoyed every product.

Sojos Complete Raw Dehydrated Dog Food

In the first part of my video, you’ll see that our girls all loved Sojos Complete Raw Dehydrated Dog Food. As far as raw goes, this is about as easy as it gets. The food is dehydrated, which means it looks similar to oatmeal with chunks of real fruits, vegetables and dehydrated meat.

All you need to do is follow the serving requirements for your dog’s weight and energy level, measure the appropriate amount of food and then mix with the corresponding amount of water. Because the food is dehydrated, it needs time to sit and soak in the water before your dog can eat it.

Sojos Raw Dog Food and Dog Treats Review
Photo: Samantha Randall

Sojos recommends that you allow the food to sit for at least 15 minutes before serving. I usually wait at least 30 minutes, and if the food seems dry I add a bit more water.

Sojos Complete dog food formulas come in either 2-pound or 8-pound bags. Once mixed with water, the 2-pound bag will make 10 pounds of dog food and the 8-pound bag will make 40 pounds of dog food. You can purchase a 2-pound bag of either the goat or turkey recipe for $26.50 or an 8-pound bag for $95.20.

RELATED: Pros and Cons of the BARF Diet for Dogs

Sojos uses a patent-pending gentle freeze-drying process that never exceeds 115°. This process keeps all the natural enzymes in the raw ingredients protected.

Sojos Raw Dog Food and Dog Treats Review
Photo: Samantha Randall

Are you aware that when you cook food some of the natural benefits of the food are lost? That’s not the case with Sojos. All the ingredients keep 100% of their natural goodness.

If you’re looking for a way to make raw feeding easy, Sojos is a safe and healthy option. They don’t use genetically-engineered ingredients, artificial colors, fillers or preservatives. Even the vitamins and minerals that they add to their raw, dehydrated dog food are all-natural.

Sojos Simply Wild Venison Dog Treats

If you’re not familiar with freeze-dried dog treats, they are absolutely the best quality treats available.

Sojos Raw Dog Food and Dog Treats Review
Photo: Samantha Randall

These single-sourced treats are simply small pieces of the protein source that have been freeze-dried. In this case, they are small bits of freeze-dried venison, and our dogs go CRAZY for these treats!

No preservatives, no artificial ingredients, nothing but venison. You’ll notice the smell as soon as you open the package. It’s not the most appealing smell to us, but your dog will certainly love it. You can get a 2.5-ounce bag of these dog treats for $12.20.

RELATED: Pros and Cons of the BARF Diet for Dogs

Sojos Good Dog Shepherd’s Pie Dog Treats

If your dog enjoys biscuit treats, you can try these Good Dog Shepherd’s Pie Dog Treats. They are very small. About 1-inch long and only as wide as a pencil. You could break them in half and use them for training treats or for very small breeds. As you’ll see in my video, my dogs enjoyed these treats too.

Sojos Raw Dog Food and Dog Treats Review
Photo: Samantha Randall

The ingredients include: oat flour, rolled oats, potato, beef, carrots, canola oil, eggs. That’s it! These are another healthy option for your pet made with all-natural, safe ingredients. They are both wheat- and corn-free.

I didn’t notice any odor to these treats, which was a nice bonus over the freeze-dried venison treats. One thing to mention about these treats is their unique box. As you’ll see in my video, it’s an adorable package that would make a great gift.

However, the plastic bag that holds the treats inside the box is not resealable. I used a resealable sandwich bags to store the treats after opening them. It’s not a deal breaker, just a bit inconvenient.

Sojos Raw Dog Food and Dog Treats Review

Summary of Sojos Raw Dog Food and Treats Review

PROS:

  • Sojos Natural Pet Food are made only from all-natural ingredients
  • No preservatives, artificial colors, fillers or GMOs
  • Very appetizing to dogs
  • Dehydrated raw food is much easier than preparing a raw dog food diet yourself
  • Good Dog treats come in an adorable package that would make a great gift

CONS:

  • More expensive than traditional kibble and most other commercial dog treats – however, they are also much better quality and much healthier for your dog
  • You need to mix the dehydrated dog food with water and let it sit for at least 15 minutes before serving – not as quick as kibble, but a much healthier alternative
  • Good dog treats do not come in a resealable bag, so you’ll have to use a resealable sandwich bag or airtight container to keep them fresh after opening

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'Vegan Bernie Madoff' Arrested After Allegedly Stealing $2 Million From Her Raw Food Restaurant – Jezebel

Sarma Melngailis, who has been on the lam for 10 months after allegedly stealing nearly $2 million from her raw vegan restaurant Pure Food and Wine, was arrested along with her husband in Sevierville, Tennessee after a delivery of extremely not-vegan Domino’s pizza revealed their location.

According to the New York Post—which gleefully juxtaposed her downfall from “an Ivy League degree, model looks and a hot vegan restaurant” to “a mug shot, a $350,000 bail and husband Anthony Strangis: an alleged gambling addict with a criminal past and an 11-year-old child he hasn’t seen in over a decade”—the couple allegedly spent over a million company dollars at Connecticut casinos, and owe nearly that much to employees and investors of Pure Food and Wine and One Lucky Duck, Melngailis’s mail order snack business. They also allegedly owe $400,000 in taxes.

84 former Pure and One Lucky Duck employees are collectively owed $40,000 in wages, according to the Post; a lawsuit is ongoing, although the defendant was only recently located. The restaurant—one of New York City’s first raw food spots—was closed last July, after staffers staged multiple walk-outs and protests.

The Post suggests that Anthony Strangis, Melngailis’s husband, played a significant role in her downward spiral; he’s previously been arrested for grand theft and impersonating a police officer, and his ex-wife told the Post he’s a “sociopath” who pretended he’d been a Navy SEAL. According to prosecutors, he was brought on under a fake name as a manager in 2013, at which point funds allegedly began disappearing. His lawyer told the Post that Melngailis was “running the operation,” while Melngailis said that “things were going well when I was single.” The two were reportedly staying in separate bedrooms at the Tennessee hotel where they were found.

“It’s the worst nightmare you can think of,” Melngailis told the Post in an interview at Rikers. “If I had terminal cancer, it would be better than this, because at least [then] I did not cause it.” She told the Post that she was “not in control” of her actions, and that her friends “will tell you this is not me.” She also claimed to “love” her workers—there are a handful of anecdotes from other people in this piece about Melngailis’s generosity towards friends and employees—and promised: “When I come out, I will find something to do and pay it back.”

The Post also cites some evidence of previous erratic behavior on her part:

Her ex-boyfriend Kenney told Page Six in 2005 that Melngailis physically attacked him on multiple occasions.

“She’s thrown stools, grapefruits and phones at me,” the chef said. “She would leave cryptic notes with big kitchen knives stuck into vegetables. She punched me in the head and cut me with her ring.” (Melngailis denied the claims at the time. Kenney declined to speak to The Post for this story.)

Melngailis claims that Strangis made the Dominos order, and that she is still a vegan; Rikers, of course, denied her request for a vegan diet.

The couple has been charged with 24 counts of theft, labor fraud, and tax crime charges, and face up to 15 years in prison.


Image via Sevierville Police Department

New York's Pure Food restaurateur Sarma Melngailis stole $2m off investors – Daily Mail

It sounds like the set up of a joke – a devout vegan with a raw food restaurant in New York City was on the run for 10 months until a Domino’s pizza order landed her in jail.

But Sarma Melngailis, who had an Ivy League education, two successful businesses, and accolades from names like Alec Baldwin and Bill Clinton, is living ‘the worst nightmare you can think of’.

She is accused of stealing about $2million from her trendy restaurant Pure Food and Wine, at least half of which she blew at casinos, leaving disgruntled investors and unpaid employees in the dust.

The 43-year-old and her husband Anthony Strangis were arrested last week at a Tennessee inn and face 24 counts of theft, labor fraud and tax crime charges, for which they could be jailed for 15 years.

Sarma Melngailis, who had an Ivy League education, two successful businesses, and accolades from names like Alec Baldwin and Bill Clinton, went on the run for 10 months with her husband. They face 24 charges
She is accused of stealing about $2million from her trendy restaurant Pure Food and Wines, half of which she blew at casinos, leaving disgruntled investors and unpaid employees in the dust

Sarma Melngailis, who had an Ivy League education, two successful businesses, and accolades from names like Alec Baldwin and Bill Clinton, went on the run for 10 months with her husband. They face 24 charges

The restaurateur, who is still trying to keep up her vegan diet at the prison complex Rikers Island, told the NY Post: ‘It’s the worst nightmare you can think of. 

‘If I had terminal cancer, it would be better than this, because at least [then] I did not cause it.’

From January 2014 to January 2015, Melngailis transferred over $1.6 million from the business accounts to her personal bank account, reported New York Daily News.

She met Anthony Strangis (pictured) around 2013

She met Anthony Strangis (pictured) around 2013

Melngailis and Strangis took money from investors, didn’t pay $400,000 in taxes and spent more than $2 million at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun Casinos.

They also dropped $80,00 on pricey watches and $70,000 on trips to Europe and $10,000 in Uber rides, according to an indictment.

Her bizarre fall from grace has left long-term friends, former employees and family members shocked.

Even Melngailis seemed confused when she told the Post on Saturday: ‘Things were going well when I was single.’ 

Melngailis graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and landed a series of finance jobs before she turned to food. 

She enrolled in the French Culinary Institute and starting the restaurant Commissary with her ex-boyfriend in 2001.

Three years later, she opened Pure, one of the city’s first raw vegan eateries which soon became a trendy hot spot among celebrities such as Woody Harrelson and Jason Lewis.

Melngailis  and Strangis took money from investors, it is alleged (pictured with ex boyfriend Matthew Kenney, left, and actor Kyle MacLachlan, right)

Melngailis and Strangis took money from investors, it is alleged (pictured with ex boyfriend Matthew Kenney, left, and actor Kyle MacLachlan, right)

They also failed to pay $400,000 in taxes and spent more than $2 million at Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun Casinos, luxury jewelry, trips to Europe and Uber rides (with celebrities Woody Harrelson, left, and Jason Lewis, right)

They also failed to pay $400,000 in taxes and spent more than $2 million at Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun Casinos, luxury jewelry, trips to Europe and Uber rides (with celebrities Woody Harrelson, left, and Jason Lewis, right)

Friends and employees said Melngailis (pictured here with Daryl Hannah) was kind, devoted and generous, but things took a turn when she met Strangis, a convict who was arrested for grand theft and impersonating a police officer

Friends and employees said Melngailis (pictured here with Daryl Hannah) was kind, devoted and generous, but things took a turn when she met Strangis, a convict who was arrested for grand theft and impersonating a police officer

Friends and employees said she was kind, devoted and generous, but things took a turn when she met Strangis, a convict who was arrested for grand theft and impersonating a police officer.

Strangis was married to Stacy Strangis for seven years, until she published a notice of action in several newspapers to dissolve her marriage in 2010 because he vanished when their son was eight months old.

She called him a ‘sociopath’ and told the Post: ‘When I met him, he said he was a retired Navy SEAL and [had been] shot in the line of action in the chest. 

‘I would always see what I thought were bandages [on] his chest. Come to find out, he was just taping his man boobs down.’

By 2013, Melngailis brought Strangis in as a manager, and one employee told the Post: ‘He had an air of an Italian-style gangster…walking with a big gait and speaking in a cryptic fashion about money.’ 

According to a former director of operations, Strangis would tell him not to deposit the restaurant’s earnings at the company bank, and demanded they meet at a Citibank instead, where Strangis had a personal account.

He added the restaurant’s account, which had a few hundred thousand dollars, was quickly depleted. 

By 2013, Melngailis brought Strangis in as a manager, and one employee told the Post: 'He had an air of an Italian-style gangster...walking with a big gait and speaking in a cryptic fashion about money.'
Now held in custody at Riker's Island, Melngailis told the Post: 'If I had terminal cancer, it would be better than this, because at least [then] I did not cause it.'

By 2013, Melngailis brought Strangis in as a manager, and one employee told the Post: ‘He had an air of an Italian-style gangster…walking with a big gait and speaking in a cryptic fashion about money.’

A group of ex-Pure workers showed up at Brooklyn Criminal Court to see their old boss in shackles. An indictment shows she owes more than 80 of her former employees $40,000 in back pay

A group of ex-Pure workers showed up at Brooklyn Criminal Court to see their old boss in shackles. An indictment shows she owes more than 80 of her former employees $40,000 in back pay

Melngailis struggled to pay her employees by 2014, and Pure closed for the first three months of 2015.

She made excuses and reopened in April after convincing wealthy patrons to pitch in more than $800,000. 

Benjamin Dictor, an attorney for a group of former workers who are owed a total of $40,000 in wages, called her ‘the vegan Bernie Madoff’.

Melngailis, who owes nearly $1million to employees and investors of Pure Food and her mail-order snack business One Lucky Duck. She also failed to pay $400,000 in taxes. 

In court on Thursday, Strangis’ defense attorney laid the blame on Melngailis, who he said ‘ran this business and drove it into the ground and withdrew all the money’. 

She in turn argued she was ‘not in control’. 

The disgraced restaurateur vowed to do right by her former employees and said she loved them and would find a way to pay back their wages.

It’s clear the rosy feelings aren’t mutual – a group of ex-Pure workers showed up at Brooklyn Criminal Court to see their old boss in shackles. 

The disgraced restaurateur vowed to do right by her former employees and said she loved them and would find a way to pay back their wages

The disgraced restaurateur vowed to do right by her former employees and said she loved them and would find a way to pay back their wages

  

The World's Oldest Living Woman Is All About Raw Eggs, Raw Meat And Brushing Off Dudes – UPROXX

Gotta love the internet’s fascination with what really, really old people do that enables them to live past the 100 year mark — especially when said old people divulge secrets that are strange and sometimes unhealthy. But 116-year-old Emma Morano’s tips for longevity are downright badass. She just became the Guinness Book of World Records’ oldest living woman in the world, and she did it by eating raw eggs, raw meat, and staying single.

Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford recently discussed Morano’s extraordinary life on the Today Show. She was born in 1899 and has lived through “two turn-of-the-centuries.” She left an abusive marriage in the 1930s, at a time when women didn’t do something like that, and then she brushed off subsequent suitors. She lives alone, but has a caretaker and two nieces who visit her every day.

But why the raw diet (which will now be copied by health freaks in New York and LA and everywhere else)? She eats two raw eggs and 100 grams of raw steak every day in order to combat anemia. According to a New York Times article from last year, Morano has been eating these raw eggs since she was a teenager. She also moved to her current home of Verbania when she was younger, because the “pretty lakeshore town” was better for her constitution. As for that unhappy marriage, Morano left shortly after the death of an infant son, and never remarried because, “I didn’t want to be dominated by anyone.”

Morano became the world’s oldest woman last Friday after the previous record-holder, Susannah Mushatt Jones, died. Jones’ secret? Eating bacon every day.

(via Today Show and New York Times)

These People Ate A Raw Diet For A Week And Freaked The Eff Out – SELF

TFW you eat 6 bananas a day because you don’t know what else to do.

Living the raw-only life ain’t easy, and four BuzzFeed staffers learned that the hard way after committing to a weeklong raw diet challenge. Though their nutritional stint only lasted seven days, hilarity still ensued—mostly because the four couldn’t figure out what the eff they were actually allowed to eat.

Raw diets have been popularized by a number of celebs, most notably Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady. The pair revealed that they eat an 80/20 raw diet while on vacation (I know), meaning they consume raw foods (like huge salads) 80 percent of the time and non-raw foods (like lean meats) the other 20 percent. The BuzzFeed participants decided to go all in, eating only raw for the entire week, and it turned out to be a much bigger challenge than they expected.

Each of the four participants had their own reasons for taking the challenge. Getting clearer skin, strengthening discipline, and feeling “less like crap” were all on the table as potential outcomes. And one woman was even considering a full-time switch to the raw-only life. But after the seven days, most of them were ready to tap out. They felt depleted of energy and funds (“I just paid $10 for this f***ng wrap”), and they were pretty much confused the entire time (“I’ve eaten six bananas because … I don’t know what else to eat”). Then when Jason Wrobel, celebrity vegan chef and author, stepped in to save the day—teaching the staffers how to creatively combine raw ingredients to make delicious meals—the competitors were mind-blown. But they were also kind of over the whole thing.

Only one of the four emerged ready to incorporate raw-only into her everyday life, but that’s something. And hey, the other three said they thought they might eat raw more frequently than they did before. They just maybe need to figure out how to make meals instead of resorting to bananas all day.

Watch the full video below.

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Vegans raw out for a new diet – Daily News Service (satire) (registration)

Raw veganism is growing in popularity and should be treated seriously as a dietry choice.


If veganism is seen as an extreme diet, then the idea of going raw vegan will give the uninitiated bacon-induced heart attacks.

But why?

People seem genuinely afraid of going beyond what is perceived as a “conventional” diet and actually thinking for themselves. As more and more additives find themselves into processed food and chemicals seep into the growing of fruit and veg (not to mention antibiotics in animal agriculture), then isn’t it natural to want to know exactly what we’re putting into our bodies?

Obviously, re-reading that last sentence will remind us that even on a raw diet a knowledge of exactly where your food is coming from is highly-desirable. However, it is actually rather easy to clean pesticide residue from vegetables – soak the veg or fruit in four parts water to one part white vinegar for 20 minutes and then rinse them well with water. White vinegar can also be used as a cleaning product around the home.

With your chemically-free fruit and veg, you can add nuts and seeds to the mix and from there on in you can be as creative or not as you wish. But why go raw?

Cooking does indeed make some foods (including meat) edible, so, to many raw vegans, foods that require cooking to make them edible (according to our natural senses anyway) means that consuming them is unnatural. I have some sympathy with this argument – but I personally like pasta too much to go down this road (just being honest).

I have tried raw vegan dishes at a couple of vegan fairs, but I’m afraid that I didn’t like them. I didn’t hate them, I just found them bland – although I’m always willing to be educated to be taught otherwise. But others do find them surprisingly delicious and visually attractive. So, for me, it is just a matter of personal taste – being vegan doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy food after all.

You can get all the nutrients essential to your well-being from a raw diet and, indeed, many nutrients are lost in cooking food – especially if people over-cook it. I, personally, never cook broccoli or cabbage for longer than two minute, and always fry sprouts for a similar length of time.

However, there does seem to be a wide variety of raw foods on offer – a few dishes that jumped out at me while researching this article include; raw mushroom lasagne, raw chocolate hazelnut cheesecake, raw mushroom burgers and raw mango cupcakes.

You will notice that mushrooms crop up a couple of times there – who doesn’t like raw mushrooms? They are the perfect addition to any salad and taste absolutely delicious uncooked. In fact, many of us enjoy salads or fruit salads in the summer anyway – this, my friends, is a raw vegan dish – or can be if you don’t throw in any processed fake meats or cheeses. Bell peppers are a great addition, they’re very colourful too, as are home sprouted seeds – very nutritious – and how about a few nuts too?

It has to be remembered, that tea and coffee are out of the window in a raw diet – as are your beloved herbal teas – but are tea and coffee not unnatural stimulants anyway?

There is nothing to stop anybody trying a raw diet a couple of days a month as either a change or way of seeing if this diet is for them. At the very least, it adds variety to your meal plans. There are several free downloads of raw vegan recipe books available in the Kindle store.

While not for me, I can see the appeal of this diet and I see no reason why raw vegans can’t be perfectly healthy. It does, if anything, teach those who follow such a diet to carefully monitor which nutrients they are eating and making sure they get a balanced diet. Dismissing such choices as “fads” is patronising and fails to take into account people’s real and serious concerns about where their food comes from and how it ends up on their plates. So don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.

Guinness confirms 116-year-old Italian woman as oldest person in the world – Today.com

Could raw food and the single life be fueling the longevity of the only known person who has lived through parts of three centuries?

Emma Morano of Italy certainly thinks so. The 116-year-old, who last week became the oldest living woman in the world, credits her long life to being single for most of it.

Following the death of an infant son and an unhappy marriage that ended in 1938, Morano decided against remarrying, despite plenty of suitors.

Oldest living woman, Emma MoranoAP

Emma Morano poses next to a picture of her younger self, in Verbania, Italy, on May 14.

“I didn’t want to be dominated by anyone,” she told The New York Times in 2015.

On Monday, The Guinness World Records officially confirmed Morano as the world’s oldest living person.

“Ms. Morano has experienced things first hand that will soon be consigned to memory, and the record books. She can teach us all a lesson of the value of a life well lived,” said Marco Frigatti, head of records for Guinness.

Emma Morano, oldest living person in the world.AFP – Getty Images

Emma Morano, at 116 years young, is the oldest living person in the world.

Despite Morano’s claims otherwise, genetics likely have played a large role in her longevity. One of her sisters lived to 102, while another died just shy of the century mark.

RELATED: Genes can protect centenarians despite bad habits

Born on Nov. 29, 1899, Morano supported herself working in a factory making jute bags, then in a hotel, working well past retirement age.

She credits her relatively good health to a long-standing diet that includes two raw eggs and 100 grams of raw steak each day. A doctor recommended the regimen decades ago to help counter anemia. Morano also enjoys homemade applesauce brought by her nieces.

RELATED: Secrets of the world’s healthiest children: 6 longevity lessons from Japan

Today, she lives by herself in a one-room apartment in Verbania, a lakeshore town in northern Italy near the Switzerland border, but receives daily visits from a caregiver and two nieces.

“I am doing fine —116!” she told well-wishers from her bed last Friday when journalists descended upon her home to document her achievement.

The supercentenarian claimed the title following the death of Susannah Mushatt Jones, a New Yorker who passed away last Thursday. She also was 116.

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5 Reasons I Stopped Eating a Raw Vegan… – Organic Authority

reasons why the raw vegan lifestyle may not be for you

For about a year, I delved deep into the raw vegan lifestyle as a culmination of my attempt to improve my health and reach an even higher level of “cleanliness.” I was coming off a few years of a “detox” lifestyle, in which I embraced all things laced with green juice, kale, and avocado, with the occasional goat cheese, grass-fed beef, and ancient grains to boot. Then, looking to challenge myself even more and hopefully feel even more amazing, I decided to take it to the next level – I went totally raw vegan. For a while. Then, I stopped.

A raw vegan diet comprises of fresh, whole, unrefined, living, plant-based foods: fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, nuts, and seeds, which are consumed in their natural state, without heating over 118 degrees Fahrenheit. The idea behind it is that uncooked plant-based foods retain their nutritional integrity and thus give your cells more bang for their buck.

After nearly a year of attempting the vegan raw lifestyle, I had to let it go. There were five main reasons why the raw vegan lifestyle (or any overly restrictive diet) wasn’t for me and why you may want to reconsider overdoing the health craze and sticking to what feels right for you, too.

1. Too Much Supplementation

Before starting a raw vegan regiment, I researched and discovered it was important to supplement with vitamin B12, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids. I also made sure I was eating foods rich in iodine, selenium, zinc, and iron, which are nutrients a vegan lifestyle can lack. However, after awhile, it felt inherently unnatural to have to take supplements to fill in for my diet in key areas. Supplements didn’t feel like a passive complement to my diet; instead, they felt like a vital source of nutrition. I am a huge proponent of probiotics and the occasional supplement for specific purposes, but as a daily ritual, it revealed a gaping hole in my diet.

2. Socially Isolating

This one goes without saying. Food is the centerpiece of most social interactions, and eating a specific diet can isolate you at the table. It also draws negative attention from others who are offended by your dietary choices or simply find them ill-conceived. I am used to being the girl with dietary specifications, but being raw vegan took my seclusion to the next level.

3. Interest Turned to Obsession

I always treated my health endeavors as enjoyable, fun, and creative experiences, but setting the bar to an uncomfortable high made me increasingly obsessed with my diet. The burden to be “perfect” was stressful and started to etch at my happiness and overall well-being, defeating the purpose of the so-called ideal diet, which was supposed to make me feel like my best self.

4. Not Convenient

The key to staying on track with a diet that requires special ingredients and has little room for flexibility is an environment that caters to your needs. While all may be carefree and easy in your natural element, once you travel or are taken out of your environment for a period of time, a raw vegan diet becomes supremely difficult. Planning can be exhaustive and finding on-the-go solutions is hard to come by.

5. Something Always Felt Missing

Despite eating a diverse raw vegan diet, I still felt like I was always missing some elemental nutrient, texture, or warmth in my system. My skin glowed, but from eating so many raw foods, I was often bloated, gassy, and unsatisfied. Comfort was hard to come by and even when my diet was as pure as could be, it felt plastic. I craved something cooked, and I started to realize that my body (and soul) actually needed it.

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World's oldest person says her long life is down to her daily diet of raw eggs and meat – Scottish Daily Record

THE world’s oldest person has said that her long life is down to her daily diet of raw eggs and meat.

Emma Morano is 116 years and 170 days old and is believed to be the last person alive who was born before 1900.

The Italian puts her longevity down to eating three eggs (two raw, one cooked), fresh pasta and a dish of raw meat, which she has enjoyed for the past 90-odd years.

Emma was born on November 29, 1899, in Civiasco in northern Italy.

Read More: World’s oldest person, Susannah Mushatt Jones, has died aged 116 in New York

She married in 1926, but left her husband 12 years later. Her only son passed away aged six months.

Emma has lived in the same two-bedroom apartment since she married but has been unable to leave it for 25 years.

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Emma Morano with a pillow marking remarkable age
Emma Morano with a pillow marking remarkable age

She lived alone until a few months ago, when a carer joined her.

Emma urged those wanting to live a long life to avoid drugs and ­cigarettes and drink a little grappa instead.

Read More: The world’s oldest mum? Punjab woman celebrates birth of first baby at 72 years old

The record was ­verified by Guinness World Records.

The previous oldest person, American Susannah Mushatt Jones, died in New York last Thursday at the age of 116 years and 311 days.

The oldest living man is 112-year-old Holocaust survivor Israel Kristal.

The all-time record is held by France’s Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at 122 years and
164 days.

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Naturopath charged after 'bringing baby to brink of death' with raw food diet – Telegraph.co.uk

A naturopath is facing criminal charges in Australia after telling a breastfeeding mother to eat only raw fruit, vegetables and seeds – advice which led to the emaciated baby being hospitalised

The 33-year-old mother has also been charged and pleaded guilty to an offence of failing to provide for her child.

The mother, who cannot be named, allegedly went on the raw food diet last year after Marilyn Bodnar, a naturopath, claimed it would cure the baby boy’s eczema. 

According to court documents, Ms Bodnar said: “Are you 100 per cent raw? You have to be 100 per cent raw if you want to see your son heal.”

Ms Bodnar, 59, also advised the mother not to apply steroid creams and to use only aloe vera plant juice.

Police said that the baby developed a fever, prompting Ms Bodnar to put the mother on  a “water-only diet”.

“You are not allowed to eat anything if you want to see him get better,” she allegedly said.

As the baby’s condition worsened, Ms Bodnar allegedly told the mother to let the six-month-old baby suck raw food from a net and to feed on goat’s milk. 

When the baby vomited the milk, Ms Bodnar allegedly said this was helpful because it was “eliminating the toxins that caused the eczema”. 

She allegedly claimed the mother’s weight loss – as well as the baby’s – was normal.

A week later, the mother took her baby to hospital. The baby weighed only fourteen pounds [6.39 kilograms] – a dangerously low level for his age. 

Police said the baby would have died within days if he had not been taken to hospital.

Ms Bodnar has pleaded not guilty to recklessly causing the boy grievous bodily ham and failing to provide for the child and causing danger of death. 

The case will resume on May 26.