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.

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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.

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.

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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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Jameth Sheridan on Vitamin Deficiencies, Dental Health and Solutions

In this article, Jameth Sheridan shares on challenges like vitamin deficiencies and dental health and offers solutions as well. Jameth Sheridan is the co-author of Uncooking with Jameth and Kim and the co-founder of the superfoods company HealthForce Nutritionals.

Kevin: You mentioned teeth issues. We really haven’t talked about teeth issues with anyone from this program. And some people on a raw diet do experience hot and cold sensitivity, and is that the sign of teeth starting to rot? What’s happening there?

Jameth: Yes it can be, and many a raw fooder has had dental problems, it’s actually the group that has the most dental problems in my experience, and especially in the years past, because there’s more awareness of that, has been raw fooders, which is ironic. The worst dental health I’ve seen is in raw fooders.

Kevin: Whoa.

Jameth: Now when I was mostly a fruitarian, I had a few cavities when I was a kid, I think four, and when I was mostly fruitarian, my teeth started rotting out of my mouth. I got many, many cavities, and that was during that similar time of athletics when I was eating so much sugar. Now, someone would say, “Well, I’m eating this raw food, vital, healthy, magnificent fruit,” and I’m not at all an anti-fruit person, but by no means do I recommend fruitarianism either.

Kevin: Right.

Jameth: I was eating more sugar then I was when I was a regular junk food kid at Halloween and so forth. A regular person, if they eat junk foods and sugars, they’ll have a candy bar here, there, maybe once a day, something like that, maybe twice a day. So, two times a day you have sugar passing by your teeth. When you’re a raw fooder and eating lots of fruit, you are having sugar pass by your teeth a dozen times a day. I’ll have a piece of fruit now. Have a piece of fruit later. And, fruit’s so low calorie, you actually have more contact time with sugar on your teeth. And, it’s ironic that a regular candy bar has a very limited ability to feed your cells because it’s white sugar, it’s preservatives, there’s very little nutrients in it, it’s just absolute crap , and you cannot sustain cellular life very well whatsoever. And, the bacteria that live under your gums, when they get a candy bar, they can grow from that. But, they can’t grow nearly as well as they can from fruit sugar because fruit sugar is live, it’s vital, it has enzymes, it has life force. The water in fruits and vegetables is a low surface tension structured water which feeds our cells phenomenally better than a candy bar. That’s one of the reasons raw foods and whole foods are so good for us. Bacteria under your teeth thrive on fruit sugar like nothing else because it’s more vital for them, too. And, they get stronger.

Kevin: Right. Vital for us and them.

Jameth: They grow like crazy because it’s a better source of food for them and they’re getting it constantly. So, you’re more likely, actually, to have dental problems if you’re eating lots of fruit versus if you’re eating a lesser quantity of refined processed foods.

Kevin: Right.

Jameth: Not that I’m recommending that.

Kevin: Right.

Jameth: Now dates, for example, for your gums, are the worst of all possible worlds because dates are vital, they’re live, but they’re also gooey so they stick on your teeth.

Kevin: Right.

Jameth: Dates and dried fruits would apply to that. And the answer to that is don’t eat that much fruit because there’s another component I want to talk about in a minute. And also, make sure your dental hygiene is supreme. Because dental health and just having things go wrong with your teeth is clearly associated with having things go wrong with other organs and systems in the body stemming from the teeth as a source. You don’t want to have rotten teeth in your mouth. You’ve got to get that addressed. And, because I’ve had some serious dental issues in the past coming from largely fruitarian diets, I floss twice a day, brush twice a day, I floss sometimes more than twice a day, never let anything get stuck in my teeth, and I have a healthy essential oil type mouthwash that I usually use in rinse after I have things with sugar or other things. And, that’s prevented any further dental decay.

Kevin: Really? And, what kind of mouthwash is it?

Jameth: Right now, I tend to use one from Eco-Dent. It’s just an organic essential oil-based mouthwash, something healthy without sodium, lauryl sulfate or any preservatives. There’s other ones out there, I’m sure.

Another thing that happens with people when they eat a lot of fruit is fruit is high in antioxidants, it’s high in vitamins, it’s high in a lot of magnificent things. And actually, I think that people that say that they eat no fruit, they’re throwing the baby out with the bath water. I don’t think that’s healthy. And, we can talk more about that later. But, fruit is extremely low in minerals. That’s just not what fruit contributes to your body, to your diet. That’s not what it’s there for. It just genetically can’t have a lot of minerals in it. Two and three percent, sometimes four percent, whereas the average vegetable might have ten percent. The average superfood vegetable like nettles has about twenty percent minerals. Dramatically different. Even spirulina has about ten percent minerals. Fruit is just really low. When you have that much sugar and that little minerals, it actually starts to de-mineralize your teeth and your bones. And sometimes people’s teeth can

become sensitive just from that alone, and they can start to become transparent, too.

Kevin: OK.

Jameth: And, that’s not a healthy situation to have. I’ve actually never met a long term fruitarian who is healthy or who didn’t cheat.

Kevin: OK.

Jameth: That’s my experience. After 22 years of being in raw, I’ve never seen that. And there’s some famous fruitarian emphasis types speaking today who aren’t telling people everything they do.

Kevin: Right.

Jameth: I see B-12 being rampant in people who are fruitarian. If someone is a fruitarian, I recommend they don’t be, but if they are, they’ve absolutely got to take a B-12 supplement. I’ve seen so many fruitarians be B-12 deficient. And then, I’ve talked to a few of them and said, “Listen, let’s get you on some superfoods with probiotics, and grasses, and spirulina,” combinations of which have been proven to raise people’s B-12 levels without taking a B-12 supplement.

Kevin: Right.

Jameth: What I’ve almost invariably heard from them is “Hey, that’s a little bit outside of my box. I don’t think that’s really natural.. I don’t think I can do that.” But, they go ahead and take a supplement or take injectable B-12, and I’m thinking, that isn’t outside your box? That’s not unnatural?

Kevin: Yeah.

Jameth: But it’s this philosophy. Now, there have been a few fruitarian types who have taken me up on my offer to help them with superfoods become B-12 sufficient and blood tests have shown they have become B-12 sufficient by taking various superfood complexes.

Kevin: Really? Plant based, or no?

Jameth: Completely plant based. Completely plant based. And, these are …

Kevin: But, with probiotics?

Jameth: With probiotics in them. Now, I don’t know is it the spiraling or the chlorella or some of the other things in the superfood that I’m talking about, or it is the probiotics in there because probiotics make B-12 on their own. Or, is it the combination of all of them because I haven’t dissected the 30 different ingredients and just given to someone in a clinical trial.

Kevin: Right.

Jameth: But I know the totality of it does it. B-12 is somewhat of an important issue because it can just ruin someone’s health. Everything else in their health can be great , and if their B-12 is deficient, they start to get weak, they can start to get numbness and tingling, they can start to have brain and mental disorders. And, approximately 40% of the average human population in America, 40% of the average Americans are B-12 deficient on a meat-eating diet, on a carnivorous diet. This is not a vegan or a raw issue. If you’re fruitarian, it definitely is magnified tremendously. So, if someone has to take a B-12 supplement, it doesn’t mean that their life or their lifestyle is failing, it just means that they’re taking care of their need, they’re doing what they need to be healthy.

And, the reason that I got into raw, and the reason that pretty much everybody gets into raw, is to be healthy. So, if something’s not healthy, then you shouldn’t do it. And, getting stuck in the philosophy or the various philosophies of raw can get people into trouble.

I don’t take a B-12 supplement and I’ve been a vegan for 22 years. I take my B-12 levels, and they’re optimum. But if they weren’t, I think it’s because I take superfoods and probiotics, if they weren’t, I would have not problem taking a B-12 supplement. And, it’s like when you’re a vegan, also you’re on trial with a lot of the rest of the world.

Kevin: Interesting.

ITP – 15 Steps to Help Low Blood Platelets With Food, Supplements and Lifestyle Changes

I and many other natural practitioners firmly believe that ITP and cancer are all related to a degree. The all stem from chronic inflammation and a breakdown of the immune system. The body is a complete organism and it takes an all out war on any possible offending culprit or culprits. Besides taking things to increase our health and increase platelets, we also have to remove those things out of our life that may be causing us harm, and then give the body a chance to heal itself. We are a pretty amazing self healing organism given half the chance.

Here is a simple list of 15 steps you can take to help heal your ITP

Get rid of as many chemical toxins as I possibly could from my body care products and my home. The toxic burden the human race is carrying is at epic proportions and we were not designed to tolerate all of these chemicals.

Increase your uptake of high quality supplements especially Coenzyme Q10, selenium, zinc, melatonin, vitamin a,d and e. Take a separate Vitamin B3 (Niacinimide) supplement. B3 has anticancer/anti inflammation properties.

I would take a mega daily dose of ascorbic acid – 12 grams if you can tolerate it. Ascorbic acid protects plasma lipids against oxidative damage, destroying free radicals. Ascorbic acid also decreases the toxicity of drugs used in chemo and reduces the effects of radiation.

Eliminate all dairy products from your diet

Eat at least three RAW cloves of garlic a day. (chop it up and put on everything)

Avoid sugar like the plague. That also means any thing with high fructose corn syrup in it. It is actually poison to your system. Use honey sparingly or use stevia.

Eliminate all refined grains from your diet. Eg: processed breads, cereals, white rice etc. Totally eliminate all wheat products either refined or unrefined.

Avoid all food additives

Take a good probiotic supplement

Eat at least 60% of your diet in raw foods. Preferably organic. (In other words eat as close to natural as you possibly can. If it’s processed steer clear! Eat simple food combinations. EG: a green salad, with a piece of grilled chicken or lean meat with some brown rice or a steamed vegetable. Keep it simple and easy on your digestion.

Drink a daily fresh juiced green drink of organic carrots, wheat grass and any other green vegetable that you may have. Celery is good but make sure that one is definitely organic as it retains any pesticides with in the membranes (in other words, the pesticides don’t wash off). Add some raw cacao to your drink.( It has 30 times the antioxidants of green tea.)

Drink half of your my body weight in ounces of pure water that has no fluoride or chlorine in it. A squeeze of fresh lemon juice in the water will help flush out the toxins and alkalize your system.

Take a very good quality cod liver oil or flax seed supplement in liquid form, not capsules (although there are some brands of fish oil capsules that are good – be sure to do your research though.)

Take a mushroom capsule supplement. Not any mushrooms though. Look for a supplement that contains the following:




Cloud (coriolus)


4 to 8 capsules a day with water. These mushrooms are extremely high in glyconutrients and are one of the true superfoods available. The help balance out the immune system, and have even been known to help heal cancer as well as other autoimmune disorders.

As a side note…the biggest problem about any of these auto immune diseases including itp and cancer is that if you don’t really find out what the root cause is, you’ll never be able to heal properly. All your good intentions may not be enough if you don’t know what it is that is causing the breakdown in your system. It is even possible that your body may just be intolerant to something that is perceived to be good for you. Nothing beats knowing That’s why I was so grateful that I found my naturopath who uses dna testing and heavy metal testing so I could get to the bottom of Viv’s ITP.

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.

Fugitive restaurateur who championed raw food caught, charged – CBS News

NEW YORK — The former owner of several high-end food companies has been arrested nearly a year after disappearing when financial troubles led to a series of lawsuits filed by investors and employees, and a 24-count indictment related to fraud and unpaid taxes and wages.


Sevier County Sheriff’s Department

Sarma Melngailis – the owner of Pure Food and Wine, a New York City restaurant frequented by celebrities, and two other companies that sold plant-based, raw food and other organic products – and her husband Anthony Strangis were arrested Tuesday in Sevierville, Tennessee, and are awaiting extradition, according to the office of Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson.

They are accused of stealing $844,000 from four investors, failing to pay $400,000 in taxes, and “shortchanging employees” $40,000 in wages, Thompson said Thursday in press release, which noted that Strangis had been introduced to restaurant staff as “Shane Fox.”

“The defendants instead spent about $2 million in casinos, on expensive watches and on luxury travel until their business finally closed in July 2015,” Thompson said.

An indictment of the suspects accuses them of transferring more than $1.6 million from business accounts to Melngailis’ personal bank account. Luxury purchases allegedly made with those funds include more than $80,000 at specialty watch retailers, more than $70,000 at hotels in Europe and New York, and more than $10,000 on Uber car rides.

The defendants face up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the top count with which they are charged.

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Raw Food Star Sarma Melngailis Finally Arrested After Disappearing During Wage Lawsuit [UPDATE] – Eater NY

Raw food restaurateur and fugitive Sarma Melngailis has finally been arrested — about a year after disappearing in the midst of unpaid wage lawsuits at her hot spot restaurant Pure Food and Wine. Police arrested Melngailis in a hotel in Sevierville, Tenn. with a man named Anthony Strangis, according to local paper Sevier News Messenger. She was wanted for a scheme to defraud, grand larceny, criminal tax fraud, and violation of labor law. Melnagailis — well-known for her role in the raw food movement — may no longer be a practicing vegan. Detectives found her and Strangis on Tuesday after they ordered a pizza from a local Domino’s, according to TV station WBIR.

Pure Food and Wine opened in 2004 in Gramercy and was one of the city’s first raw food restaurants. But at the beginning of 2015, staff said they weren’t getting paid, all while Melngailis could not be reached. The staff staged multiple walk-outs and protests, eventually unionizing and suing her for back wages. One of the restaurant’s investors also filed a lawsuit against Melngailis, claiming that she took $280,000 from the restaurant’s account. Employees initially planned to reopen the restaurant without her, but they ultimately moved on. The restaurant, once a favorite of celebrities like Alec Baldwin, closed last July. Melngailis and Strangis are being held in Sevier County Jail.

Update: Melngailis and her husband, Strangis, face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty of their crimes, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office. They’re charged with stealing nearly $800,000 from four different investors, not paying employees more than $40,000, and avoiding more than $400,000 in sales tax. The couple instead spent nearly $2 million of company money on luxury watches, hotel rooms, and at casinos.

Melngailis in particular transferred more than $1.6 million from the restaurant into her personal accounts and spent more than $1 million of it at casinos in Connecticut. She spent another $80,000 at places like Rolex and $10,000 on Uber rides, according to the Brooklyn Eagle. Meanwhile, she told employees and investors that she was expanding and then negotiating to sell the company to an investor.

The four investors she approached last February for cash to restart the business were former customers of Pure Food and Wine, according to the DA. She did spend some of the money bills and paying employees, but most of it went to her personal account and to casinos. A man who said he was an investor said on Facebook: “I visited her restaurant every year and was happy to help her business, which I loved. It was a sad and shocking betrayal. She hurt a LOT of people.”

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Not such a raw deal – The Hindu

We make a case for adopting nutrient-rich raw foods as part of a balanced diet

Imagine zucchini noodles in a pad Thai sauce with sprouts. Now think of pomegranate and strawberry-flavoured frozen mousse made of cashew butter and coconut. Brings a delicious picture to the mind’s eye, doesn’t it? These exotic recipes not only reflect global food trends, but also represent the ‘raw food’ diet that has taken off around the world.

These recipes are the work of Canada-based couple and former raw food chefs, Keren and Jeffrey Paquette, who helped initiate a raw food menu for Bangalore-based Cafe Vishala. “The theory is that food heated above 47 degrees Celsius begins to lose its enzymes, making it less nutritious and much harder for the body to digest. When you cook food, the reason it smells good is that the nutrients are released into the air,” explains Jeff, who has studied nutrition in Canada. Jeff was running a successful raw food business at Saint-Mathieu-du-Parc, Montreal, before deciding to quit and travel.

The guiding principles of the raw food diet are based on the premise that cooking damages nutrients, making them toxic for consumption. Raw food websites talk about how studies show that the immune system reacts to cooked food the same way it reacts to foreign pathogens. That’s why, they say, cooked food is a major contributor to the lifestyle diseases that plague our time. “Any dish you cook, you can find a way to make it raw. Raw food recipes for pizzas and sandwiches require a dehydrator, which cooks food on very low heat. The bread base in these dishes is made of raw nuts, seeds and sprouts,” explains Jeff, adding, “The slow cooking on low heat keeps the integrity of the nutrition. The dehydrator is also used for food preservation, so you can dry herbs, vegetables and fruits or make chips.”

A sustainable raw food diet, according to most websites, is a balanced mix of fruits for calories, vegetables for minerals and small portions of seeds and nuts for fats. “The most important thing when you change your diet, other than consulting your doctor if you have a health issue, is to educate yourself, because that will inspire and inform you,” chimes in Keren, who previously worked at Canada’s Rawlicious restaurant.

But there’s another side to adopting the raw food diet, and naturopathy consultant, Dr. Suriya Ramesh, points out, “The raw food diet can work out in the long run, but the problem is that your body gets used to it. And at that point, if you introduce anything other than raw food, you will face problems; your body needs to get used to all kinds of possibilities. Plus, accessing organic vegetables and fruits is not easy in India.” She suggests a combination of raw and cooked food, so that the body is primed to handle all types of food, including some processed food without preservatives.

Keren and Jeff suggest one raw food meal a day, with two other cooked meals. Khushpinder Kaur Sangha, fitness enthusiast and former IT professional, says, “I love raw food, but I take it along with regular cooked food or sometimes as breakfast. I eat a lot of salads because they give me energy and are easily digested. But I don’t think it’s practical to stick to an exclusive raw food diet. That, for me, would be insufficient, but it’s definitely important to include a portion of raw food in every meal.”

People take to raw food not only for its detoxifying effects; it also makes the body and mind feel lighter and clearer, paving the way for easy yoga and meditation. It also helps those who are vegan by choice or compelled by health.

What’s important when it comes to raw food, explains Keren, is to resist the temptation to eat heavy. “This may involve a few personal sacrifices, like giving up on sugar and sugar-based desserts. You just have to stock up on fruits and vegetables and eat more fresh food,” she says.

Why include raw food in the menu?

Kuldeep Sahu, chef at Cafe Vishala, that offers raw food options, explains, “We see that a growing number of people are becoming allergic to certain types of food. That’s one of the main reasons why we decided to offer raw food options on our menu. A lot of customers, especially international ones, are used to raw food or a menu with gluten-free breads and vegan options.”

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