November 16

Update from the trenches…

Filed under Announcements, Raw Food Controversies by Frederic Patenaude

In the past month, I’ve locked myself up in a hotel room in Chiang Mai, Thailand, to finish my new book.

I’m excited to give you an update about my writing process!!

This is my first “major” new book in over eight years. In this book, I tell the story of how I got extremely sick on the raw food diet (without leaving out any details you need to know), and expose some of the biggest raw food controversies.

By the way, the final title for this book is:

Raw Food Controversies

Avoiding Common Mistakes That Can Sabotage Your Health

A Personal Journey by Frederic Patenaude

If you’ve read my previous book “The Raw Secret,” subscribed to the Raw Vegan Mentor Club, watched my DVDs, listened to my Perfect Health Program or or simply have been following my blog for years, you might be wondering… what’s in this new book?

The story that I’m telling is a long and interesting one. It spans over 14 years of experiments, research and trial and error with the raw food diet.

It answers some crucial questions, such as:

– Why exactly did I get so sick eating the best raw food diet in the world? I reveal shocking details that I never discussed before.

– What did I do to get better?

– What happened when I went back to cooked foods, after many years of eating 100% raw?

– Why did experiment with animal products, and why did I decide since then to abandon them?

– How some people I met DIED from following the wrong kind of raw food advice

– How I ruined my teeth on the wrong kind of raw food diet, and how I was able to completely stop the decay

– Why my story was not a unique case, and how so many people I met experienced the exact same problems.

The big question that I try to answer during this book is:

What is the healthiest diet? What can we eat that works both in the short-term and the long-term for optimal health and longevity?

The book reads like a novel where you can follow my sometimes incredible stories of being a “raw food adventurer,” complete with likeable characters of the unique people I met along the way.

But this is not just a story. Throughout the book, you’ll find many sidebars with well-researched explanations covering many common questions that are important to answer. The last chapters of the book also provide more detailed explanations.

In the Raw Food Controversies, I discuss many important topic that are not addressed in my other books and that are also rarely honestly talked about in the raw food world. For example:

– Is the human being truly a “vegan” animal and are there nutrients we can only find in animal foods? What about vitamin B12?
– Where should we get vitamin D if we live in a Northern climate? Is sunshine the best source of vitamin D?
– Is it possible to be nutritionally deficient on a raw food diet?
– Is it necessary to eat 100% raw to be healthy, and what are the pros and cons of eating 80% raw versus 100% raw?
– What about children eating this way?
– What are the pros and cons of the superfoods commonly sold in the raw food world?

I think you’re going to be blown away by this new book. I also know that it might create a little controversy in the raw food world as some people will be uncomfortable with the information I have to present.

Let me be clear: This is NOT an “anti-raw” book!

However, it’s also not a blind, extremist, misleading and naive raw food manifesto.

My experience over the last 14 years proves that it’s possible to make little mistakes about diet that have MAJOR consequences for your health.

I believe the book will be a sigh of relief for many, who will finally realize there’s a way to take the best elements from the raw food lifestyle and make it work in the real world, while avoiding common mistakes that may sabotage your health.

I expect the book to be almost twice the size of my book “The Raw Secrets.”

I’m doing my best to finish it in time for Christmas… but I can’t promise. It’s a huge endevor to complete it for that deadline, and I also don’t want to release an unfinished product.

The book is 90% done but I still need to complete some important sections.

Expect some kind of announcement soon about it. I intend to do something very special for the launch that I’ve never done before.

14 Responses to “Update from the trenches…”

  1. Sharon says:

    Fred always has good information…researched on himself. Rather than another “this is the right answer” book – I encourage others to take the information with (sea) salt and know that what is right for Fred’s health may or may not be right for your health. Each person’s metabolism and circumstances differ. Two people with a high metabolisms living in North America might have completely different nutritional needs. One might be a pessimist, one an optimist. One might have a strong support system or spiritual beliefs, the other not. Both might be optimistic people who exercise a lot but still, one is prone to overgrowth of candida.

    Do what’s right for YOU. Read the info and notice what resonates.

  2. Fer says:

    Hi Frederic
    Any thoughts on Vegetables Washers??

    Thank you

  3. Lourdes says:

    Frederic, can’t WAIT for your new book to be done! Godspeed with your efforts and may you finish soon… want to buy it when I’m home in the States for Christmas. Best of luck!

  4. taylor says:

    would love your feedback on hair health, how to have healthy hair into your 50, 60s and beyond…how not to grey or lose hair etc..

  5. Warren says:

    Hi! Fred.
    The new book sounds like it will be a good one…is it just going to be in e-book form or will it be hard copy or both? and will it explain exactly what you are eating now? by that I mean…are you eating 100% raw all the time or do you have some cooked?

  6. Clara Mae says:

    Interesting, Fred. Glad to see you progressing. Nutrition isn’t a static item. Have you thought of offering a pre-publication reduced price?

  7. Jessie says:

    That’s a backhanded compliment Sharon… how else should one give health advice? General and often biased observations of others alone?

    I think Frederic’s story will have a lot to offer the average raw foodists, it’s hard to know what is real and what is just hype out there and I respect someone who’s willing to listen and try different things until they get the answer.

    Different metabolisms doesn’t mean people need to eat entirely different foods either. Sure everyone doesn’t need to eat exactly the same, but eating like everyone else made us sick on SAD so eating similarly on a simple raw diet would be the cure.

    People need to watch their fat intake if they have candida and get that sorted right away.

  8. Hi Frederic, I eagerly await the release of your book! I am hoping that you will write a current food log (2 weeks worth perhaps), revealing what you currently are eating. I would also highly recommend revealing your current blood work to provide validity to the “ideal” diet that you recommend. Also please include which supplements you use, if any, which brands, if possible, and why…and of course how much and how often. Thanks for blazing the trail, Frederic!
    Gratefully, Diana

  9. Heidi says:

    As a fellow traveller who is also passionate about natural health, I very much admire what you are doing. I look forward to your next book.
    Also wanted to mention that all those e-mails about “doing what you love” have done the trick — I’ve created my own website :)) Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. Tonya says:

    Excellent way to re-invent the raw movement!! Very excited to read your new book.

  11. Erika says:

    Frederic, I am intrigurd reading about your upcoming book, I am a 72 year olf female and became totally malnurished on the raw food, ending up in the hospital. During the 10 years I was on raw I studied as much as I could but never found the answer to my inablitity to eat large quantities of caloric dense raw food.
    I am now around 80% cooked and it currently serves me but I think in the long run, this also might back fire on me.

  12. eduardo says:

    Waiting for your book, will be one of the first buyers,


  13. Tauy Zimer says:

    Hi,F ed. As for me u r the best and the honest in the Raw Diet Movement. TUVM for shareing ur experience,for ur wisdom and generosity. Good luck in writing ur new book. Yours faithfully Tauy Zimer

  14. Elia says:

    Please cover in your book (or reply), is it possible to heal some dis-ease on less than 100% raw diet?

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