The Top Five Lies the Raw Gurus Don’t Want You to Know

By Steve Prussack
Host of Raw Vegan Radio

Today, I am going to list the top 5 lies the raw food leaders don’t want you to think about or know. Our upcoming articles will go more into detail, but for now, here they are:

1. You need to follow a raw food guru.

This misconception has been popular in the raw food community for years now. Many people have been following a raw food diet with significant results. Some of them have lost substantial amounts of weight. Others have cured themselves of a variety of ailments and disease. The problem is, some of these individuals have put themselves up on a pedestal, developed a website, and positioned themselves as a new leader to be followed. I have seen it over and over again. Now the question is, what makes somebody a leader? Does simply following a raw food diet for a couple of years automatically make somebody an expert?

Personally, I have been in the raw food community for over a decade. I have seen many experts change their opinion at the drop of a dime. If you are following one of these leaders, perhaps you are now confused. I don’t blame you. While there is excellent information available on following a raw food diet, the truth is you don’t need to follow any of these people. The truth lies within yourself. My goal is to provide you with all the tools you need to make your own decisions. I am not going to put myself up on a stage and expect you to purchase the latest raw or animal supplement powder of the day.

2. You need to be 100% raw.

While this theory has been running rampant for a few years, the majority of raw food teachers themselves are not following a 100% raw food diet. While the paradigm is now shifting, some people are still confused. Many “raw food” books continue to promote the idea that 100% raw is more advantageous than a simply high-raw diet. It was discovered many years ago by Dr. Brian Clement and a team of experts that consuming between 80 and 100% is just as beneficial as consuming a 100% completely raw diet.

Psychologically, it may be harder to continue consuming a high percentage of raw food once you incorporate cooked into the diet. The reason being, cooked foods can become addictive. If you are disciplined, and can consume a high percentage of raw food along with whole foods (and less processed foods), without a doubt you will be more healthy than most people on this planet.

3. You need to eat animal products.

Less than two years ago, the raw food community began to shift. For years, the prevailing mindset was a raw vegan diet is the best way to go. Some leaders began to shift their market, and thus began a focus on longevity. Other leaders jumped on the bandwagon and followed. After all, there is a lot of money promoting animal-based products. The truth is, there is absolutely no reason you need to consume animal products. The raw food community continues to be hyper-focused on individual health; there has been little education on animals or environmental concerns. If you read important life-changing books like “Diet for a New America” by John Robbins, The China Study by Dr. T Colin Campbell, or the World Peace Diet by my good friend Dr. Will Tuttle, you will learn exactly why animal products are unnecessary for too many reasons to discuss here. I highly recommend you look at the big picture and decide for yourself what your body needs to thrive.

4. Chocolate is healthy.

Let’s be honest, once raw cacao came on the scene, raw foodists rejoiced. Remember all the “raw” cacao parties springing up all over the country? The raw leaders began telling us of the many benefits in raw cacao, including high nutrients, vitamins, and other health benefits. Did they mention caffeine? Did they mention the addictive properties of chocolate? I was definitely once addicted to raw cacao. While I do not deprive myself from eating raw chocolate on occasion, I am well aware that this is not a health food. Some raw food leaders have gone so far as to say you should eat a large amount of cacao every day! Again, be your own guru. If it feels right for you and seems to be working, you can allow yourself the indulgence every now and then. But we need to be honest about what our body needs, craves, or can become addicted to.

5. Raw food is the answer to all life’s problems.

There is so much more need to look at when it comes to health. The holistic model includes the mind, body, and spirit. Stress is a big contributing factor to a variety of ailments. I have known many raw foodists who were so stressed out trying to follow their diet, that stress levels caused them to be sick! Relationships are another area often overlooked. Having healthy and harmonious relationships is essential for a overall health and well-being. Our society is becoming more and more isolated. Although we connect over computers, emails, and texting, face-to-face interactions are becoming less and less a part of our daily life. We need to continue connecting to each other on a human level. In addition the environment is being destroyed at unspeakable rates. The more we find out, the less we want to know. Our upcoming blog posts and radio shows will discuss the many issues we have to look at in order to live a healthy life. I am optimistic. I think together we can work to change our planet back to the healthy, sustainable, loving oasis it has the potential to be.

So What is the truth? The truth is within. I am excited to continue to present you with information that will empower you. I want to shed light on the news being hidden from us. I will bring this all to you on my radio show, blog posts, videos, and our fan page. Be sure to join us. Respond to our blog posts and stay active on our fan page. Together we will grow as an empowered community; learning from what’s been done before, and not following the advice of one particular person.

You are your own leader! I am excited to provide the tools you need to take responsibility for your own life, on every level. I look forward to sharing the journey with you and providing light with an honest look at what we need to evolve as a species.

 

By Steve Prussack, MS
Host of Raw Vegan Radio

 

 

2 People have left comments on this post



» Rawvegan said: { Apr 2, 2011 - 12:04:05 }

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» Nicole said: { Jul 26, 2011 - 05:07:57 }

I am shocked to hear that people who have been vegan for years and have advertised themselves as being so are now admitting to have even tried meat again. So it was some shallow front, a trend, an opportunity to make money, they did not feel it themselves after all, the martyrdom of the animals, the fact that all life is tied and that by what we eat we can make this planet a less cruel place or not.
Raw is a more personnal choice for health reasons.