Why “Veg” Diets Don’t Always Work
Before and after writing the award winning book The Live Food Factor, I was a raw vegan for six years, and I mean 99% vegan, and 90 to 100% raw. My only cheat from veganism was an occasional raw egg yolk, a bit of raw goat cheese, or some raw ice cream once every month or two. But I was getting deficiencies. I began to exhibit health issues such as deficiencies in B12, memory problems, muscle tissue loss, bloatedness, irritability, cravings, weight gain, and more.
I consulted with Dr. Stanley Bass, who led me to conclude that it was a lack of vital nutrients found only in animal products that were causing the problems. He prompted me to read dozens of books, going down the rabbit hole of nutritional knowledge and leading me to the shocking conclusion that we evolved eating animal products—and a few of us have adapted to a vegetarian or vegan diet (not the other way around, as many in the “veg”movement suppose). This led to my next book, Beyond Broccoli, Creating a Biologically Balanced Diet When a Vegetarian Diet Doesn’t Work. Dr. Stanley Bass, ND, DC, PhC, PhD, DO, DSc, DD, who has over 50 years of clinical experience with raw vegan and nonvegan diet counseling, wrote a foreword to my book.
As far as I am concerned, “raw is law.” There is no healthier way to eat than a mostly raw food diet. But I often lightly steam my meat as I don’t like the raw taste of most meats. Light cooking avoids the toxic byproducts. I eat raw egg yolks, but boil the whites a couple of minutes. So I now eat about 80% raw—finding it especially difficult to be 95% raw now that I live in Ecuador, where I can’t get the raw goodies and even raw nuts that I consumed in California. But 80% is that critical cutoff point for avoiding disease. Most important—I do not eat a lot of meat. Three to four ounces a day is enough. And oily small fish are the most critical.
My new book discusses the urgency in avoiding factory farmed animals for health and moral reasons. It also discusses vegetarian myths, how weight loss is easier with a nonvegan diet, why the human brain has shrunk 11% in the past 11,000 years, man’s dietary history, how the vegan diet may affect the brain and emotions unless carefully planned, critical nutrients found only in animal products, how it is possible for some to adapt to a “veg” diet, dangers of soy, how to eat raw meat safely, flaws in the China Study, different metabolic types, and much more. You can find the book on Amazon or request it at stores.
The book Beyond Broccoli can be viewed on Amazon.com. It was released in August 2011.
Book excerpt: http://www.helium.com/items/2228891-is-a-vegetarian-diet-healthier