August 18

What Is The Truly Healthiest Diet?

Filed under Raw Vegan Video Blog by Frederic Patenaude

There always has, and possibly always will be, debate within even the health community itself regarding diet.

Person A says that the program that they created and wrote about in their book is infinitely better than Person B’s similar-yet-different program they wrote about in their book. The theories and ideas proposed vary immensely.

Even niches within the health food world you will find disagreements and passionate debates. The interesting thing is that each party is completely convinced that they are correct.

Check out this video featuring a short debate between several plant-based doctors, including Caldwell Esselstyn, John McDougall, and Joel Fuhrman. You’ll discover:

• Why all successful populations of peoples since the beginning of civilization have lived on starch-based diets.
• When it may be appropriate to consciously limit the amount of starch you eat.
• How including more raw fruits and vegetables into your diet really makes you healthier.
• What you can learn by traveling and seeing what people eat around the world and how this can relate to your own health.
• How eating from and avoiding certain food categories can ultimately lead to a simpler, and healthier diet and lifestyle.

Despite all the disagreements and what we could even call “bickering” amongst people in the health field, most people can agree on at least a few things. Being active on a regular basis, emotional poise, fresh fruits and vegetables and foods in their natural form are all good for you.

Whether or not you eat 100% raw vegan or 100% organic and GMO-free really isn’t the biggest determining factor in your health. The whole totality of you as a whole human being is what determines your overall health. Try stepping back from all the disagreements and work on finding your own truth!

August 2

The Value of High Fat Foods

Filed under Raw Vegan Video Blog by Frederic Patenaude

Now when people hear the term, “high-fat” or “fatty”, they almost inherently associate that food with the word “fattening” as well. We hear all about good fats, bad fats, and even really bad fats, but most people are used to either fully embracing or completely eschewing fatty foods.

Low-fat foods and overall lower-fat diets do tend to allow people to live longer, healthier lives. But one thing that most people fail to recognize is that even though you may eat an overall low-fat diet, that doesn’t mean you can’t include fatty foods and get all the benefits from them.

Although I recommend avoiding oils and eating a low-fat diet in general, it doesn’t mean the total exclusion of high-fat foods such as avocados, nuts and seeds. I eat those foods on a regular basis and recommend including them in most people’s diet.

Check out this video by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, author of, “Eat to Live”, and you’ll discover:

• Why a one-size-fits-all diet approach doesn’t necessarily work for everybody
• How in some cases a diet too low in fat can actually cause health issues
• Why we should start considering our MICRO-nutrients (vitamins and minerals, enzymes, antioxidants) just as much as our MACRO-nutrients (carbs, fats, proteins)
• In what instances taking individual supplement pills may actually increase your risk of getting sick
• How different types of fat impact your health in radically different ways

My answer to the question of “how much fat?” is: it depends. For most people on a plant-based diet, especially if weight loss is a goal, lowering fat content to 15% is a good target. And just like Dr. Fuhrman mentioned, more fat may be appropriate for active people who need more calories. If you’re an endurance athlete, it will be difficult to get all the calories you need from a 10% fat diet.

In practical terms, for many people it will mean restricting total fat intake to about half an avocado a day plus one ounce of nuts. More active people can have several ounces of nuts, or an entire avocado.

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July 24

White potatoes are a food that seems to get picked on a lot in many health circles. Some will say they simply lack the color and phytonutrients of other starchy vegetables, while others insist they are nothing but a giant wad of starch who’s sole purpose is to make you fat and sick.

Of course, there are parts of the world like the mountains of Peru and parts of Europe where people eat a diet based on potatoes and other starchy vegetables, and have done so in good health for hundreds of years.

Some people have taken this idea to the extreme and adopted potato-only diets for extended periods of time. Check out this short presentation from Dr. John McDougall and you’ll discover:

• Why some people can actually lose weight and get healthier doing a “crazy” potato-only diet
• How the absence of unhealthy foods is the critical component behind getting healthier on these mono diets
• Understand why many plant foods are nutritionally complete by themselves
• Why all large populations of healthy people on the planet get most of their calories from plants and starch

Now I don’t recommend you go out and adopt an all-potato diet. You might do fine for a while, but to be truly healthy we need to eat a variety of plant foods.

And as long as you’re not frying or drowning your potatoes in butter and cheese it is perfectly fine to include potatoes in your diet, be it white, red, yellow, purple, or sweet. Also read my article on this topic.

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July 16

Caloric Density Explained

Filed under Raw Vegan Video Blog by Frederic Patenaude

Caloric density is something that I’ve discussed before, and one of the best tools you can use to either gain or lose weight at will. 

One of my favorite examples is to show the caloric density of certain gourmet raw food items and the caloric density of the foods they are trying to imitate. In most cases, the raw food has over twice the amount of calories and several times the amount of fat.

Of course there are other things to consider besides just fat and calories when it comes to food, but this does point out the significance of calorie density when it comes to our health and waistlines.

Check out this great clip of Jeff Novick explaining all about calorie density and you’ll learn:

• The difference between caloric density and caloric volume, and how this affects your health
• Why some foods are so easy to overeat on
• How the volume and total weight of the food you eat plays a role in feeling satisfied
• What causes a food to be more or less calorie dense
• How you can eat more and weight less

Learning about calorie density is an eye-opener for many people, especially when they understand why two plates of foods can look the same in volume but be dramatically different nutritionally.

That doesn’t mean you have to completely avoid calorie-dense foods. Nuts, seeds, avocados, and coconuts are all very concentrated foods, but they can still be included in smaller amounts in a healthy diet.

If you wish to lose weight:
Eat ONLY caloric dense foods.


Caloric Density Per Pound

Fresh raw or cooked veggies 100
Fresh raw fruit 250-300
Cooked Starchy Vegetables, Intact Whole Grains 450-500
Legumes and Beans 550-600
Meat Products 900-1000
Dried Fruit 1200
Processed grains and Flours (even if made from whole grains) 1200-1500
Cheese 1800
Nuts and Seeds 2800
Cheese 1800
Oil 4000


Keep in mind that this is an average across a category. For example, we know that bananas contain more calories per weight than apples, but overall fruits have a similar caloric density.

Looking at this table, you’d be tempted to only eat vegetables, as they contain only 100 calories per pound. It’s important to note that nobody can live on just vegetables, and that you’d get so hungry on a diet of just vegetables that you’d eventually break down and eat something else! However, you want your diet to contain plenty of raw vegetables by weight.

The concept of caloric density is to look at the overall caloric density of your meals.

If the caloric density of your food is below 400 calories per pound, you will lose weight no matter what you do!

If you wish to gain weight: increase the caloric density of your food by eating fewer water-rich foods and more concentrated, caloric-dense foods.


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Last February I attended the live event organized twice a year by Dr. John McDougall, where he invites scientists from all over the world to share the latest findings in nutrition.

I always come from those weekends invigorated with new information.

One of the highlights of the weekend was the presentation by Dr. Michael Greger.

Check out this video, that was shot during the weekend. You’ll discover interesting facts:

– How beef causes more diabetes and more insulin spike than carbs (including potatoes)
– What’s the REAL cause of insulin resistance and diabetes
– Why fat causes twice the blood sugar spike

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By the way, sorry about the use of the word “shit” but that’s actually a trend right now on YouTube. It basically means, crazy stuff certain groups for people say.

By the way, it’s supposed to be a joke! But of course, if you read between the lines, there’s truth behind this.

And to clarify for the 1000th time, I am NOT 100% raw.

Shit Raw Foodists Say

Shit Raw Foodists Say, Part 2

If you’re tired of the raw food confusion, read this:

This is a quick video I did last month in New Zealand, hiking on top of Avalanche Peak near Arthur’s Pass on the South Island. The scenery was amazing, and I realized that to get energy on a hike, you must eat these foods. Check it out:

Want to succeed on a raw food diet? You got to get some massive raw food action going! Check out this video:

I have an incredible interview to share with you today with John Fielder. John is 80 years old, and has been a raw-foodist for over 50 years. He’s an expert in fasting and natural healing. In this first video, John talks about the ideal diet and what’s the best way to stay healthy. Stay tuned for the other videos.

Also some breaking news… I will be on Kevin Gianni’s GREAT HEALTH DEBATE against Mark Sisson, the Primal Diet. I will be promoting vegetarianism and a fruit-based diet and promise to demolish my opponents! The Great Health Debate is THE raw food event of the year. And best of all, it’s free.

In case you don’t know, Kevin Gianni, the guy who put together the Rawkathon a few years ago, is back in action with a new giant online live event. It’s called “The Great Health Debate!” He’s invited some of the biggest health experts to “battle” against each other to present different points of view, either pro-vegetarian or pro-animal products.Other controversies will be addressed as well.

The experts include: T. Colin Cambell (China Study) David Wolfe, Dr Fuhrman (Eat to Live),  Dr. Robert Young, Daniel Vitalis (raw meat guy), Dr. Alan Goldhammer, and many others. A lot of people initially complained that Kevin didn’t have anybody to represent the “high-fruit” raw diet.After much thought and consideration, Kevin decided to choose yours truly to go up against Mark Sisson, author of the Primal Blueprint.

I will be presenting my side of the story essentially promoting a vegetarian diet with lots of fruit, while Mark promotes a low-carb diet with lots of animal foods and few fruits. This will be a very interesting event… and best of all Kevin is doing it for free. If you’re not signed up already, make sure you do so by clicking here.