RAW VEGAN? or not? WHAT IS RIGHT? (what is right for me? what is right for you? what others say is right. how to know what is ri
Posted Feb 15 2011 9:13pm
These days, we see former proponents of vegetarian, vegan, and raw food diets – even those we may have revered as raw food “gurus”, giving up the ghost and going back to cooked food, and even meat.
The most recent “raw food” recipe book I have read was written by a woman who admitted openly that she consumes dairy foods and meat.
Now, today, I have found that Dr. Mercola (who has published many articles which seem to promote a raw food diet, or, at the very least, a vegan diet, and whose views I have always found respectable, although I have never seen him publicly claim to be a raw vegan, vegan, or even vegetarian) seems to be siding with meat-eaters and dairy consumers.
This article could be scary, disheartening, or disillusioning to you, depending on where you are at: The China Study has been widely touted as the “only truth”. We raw vegans are at a place right now where many of our revered “gurus” are bailing, suddenly telling us that cooked food is the way to go, or even that meat and dairy are good.
I was raw before all of these “gurus” showed up (when I started out, Ann Wigmore was all there was. Viktoras Kulvinskas went to work with her, but now he has apparently gone omnivore) I’ve only just started to read the China Study, so none of my beliefs are dependent on whatever is in that book. (I resisted reading the book for several years, and only just recently decided to read it because of all the controversy at the heart of the raw food movement.)
If you became a vegan because of your animal politics, it may be easy for you to slide back into an omnivore diet. (you may well have had difficulty following your politically-chosen diet because of dietary cravings which you did not know how to counter, other than intellectually)
On the other hand, if you have embarked on a vegan or raw vegan diet because you believe it is healthier for you (as Ann Wigmore suggested), you need not lose the faith. Since Ann Wigmore died, some have carried on her lineage untarnished, while others have tinkered with the system, removing certain elements and adding others. Regardless, if you believe that a raw vegan diet is more healthful, that has not changed.
It does seem that, as I have always maintained, a low-fat raw food diet is destined to fail. We need fats in our diet in order to develop healthy body systems. If you are eating raw vegan foods, any fat in your diet will be good, healthy fat.
If you on a raw vegan diet, and you feel cravings, consider augmenting the fats into your diet, either by eating avocados, or adding extra virgin olive oil, flax oil, or raw nuts and seeds.
I am actually excited at this point in time because I am going to outlive all of the gurus who tried to tell me what to eat, who have now announced that they no longer eat 100% raw.
Does this leave me as the last raw guru? (hee hee – who ever said I was a guru anyway? Anyway, what makes a guru?) With all of the gurus bailing for burgers (or whatever), who is left who champions a raw vegan diet?…. (oh, guru! Please reveal yourself – or else, I will have to take up the banner!)
What all this means is, if you have started eating a raw vegan diet, and you feel that it is good for you, then ignore these false prophets who came for your money and then decided they’d had enough.
I learned raw from dead people (the writers of my first raw books), and from a woman I never met, whose videos were unavailable to me before the Internet (Ann Wigmore). I have lived just fine on the information I got from those people, who did not renounce their lifestyles at any point (at least, if they did so, they did not do so publicly)
Look at it this way: I am not going to quit my raw vegan lifestyle. It has worked for me for a long time. It worked for me before the Internet ever came into being. It worked for me before I ever discovered the self-styled “raw gurus” on the Internet (I have never read any more than their hyped up promotions – I have never bought anything from such people, and now I find that many have gone non-raw, so I do feel vindicated)
If you want to eat cooked food, go for it. If you want to eat meat, go for it. I am not here to convert you to any way that you do not want to go.
On the other hand, if you want to eat raw vegan, go for it. It is a healthy lifestyle which you can easily, healthily maintain from here unto eternity. Come back and visit me, and see what I am up to.