January 17

The Raw Food Police

Filed under Announcements by Frederic Patenaude

It turns out that I’m writing a book again, and this time it’s probably the most difficult book I’ve ever tried to write.

It’s a book that I started to write in 2004, and tried to write multiple times, but the project never materialized itself until now.

The time is right.

The topic of the book is “Combining the best from raw with the healthiest cooked foods to create the ultimate diet.”

Why this book?

The raw food diet can be extremely powerful, but it’s not for everybody. Eating 100% raw or even 90% raw is just not feasible or even appropriate for most people as a long-term diet, in spite of what the gurus keep saying.

It’s about time that faces this issue head on with a book and program that shows how you can get all the benefits from a raw food diet without any of the problems.

How you can find a diet that gives you health, energy, but also freedom to enjoy your life.

Now… how will this be different from other books that already recommend diets high in raw foods, like Dr. Fuhrman’s “Eat to Live Program”?

It will be VERY different.


Because this new book is written by someone who has done both approaches — 100% raw and a high-raw diet, with everything in between.

It will also focus about specific issues that nobody really talks about, such as why people who go on raw diets eventually become so sensitive to other foods that a small little “cheat meal” makes them literally sick.

This is a common problem that I call the “Raw Curse” and this book will show you how to avoid it, and what really causes it.

I’m also going to talk about getting the benefits of raw without having to eat 100% raw, yet do it without the guilt that most people unnecessarily experience.

Many common problems will be addressed, such as social issues, living in cold weather climates, living with a husband, wife or partner who eats differently, and much more.

Of course, there will be clear menu plans and recipe ideas, as well as my unique take on many controversial issues, such as:

– How much fat to consume
– Animal foods
– What beverages to avoid, and which ones are okay

*The Title of the Book*

The title of the book will be revealed soon. The reason I haven’t yet found a title is because two of the titles I initially selected were already in use, and in fact protected by trademarks.

So I was back to square one with the title, and in fact if you’re one of my customers you may have received an email for a survey I’m running in order to find the best title for this book.

*The Raw Food Police*

So back to the title of this ezine… There are a few people that won’t like this book. I call them “The Raw Food Police.”

Luckily, this group is dwindling and there aren’t many of them left.

Let me absolutely be clear: if you eat a 100% raw food diet and are happy with it and the results you are getting, I have no problems with you and your approach.

This new book is not really meant for those people, but for everybody else who’s tired of hearing the same message: “if you’re not succeeding, it’s because you haven’t tried hard enough.”

People tend to do a lot of projection. We imagine that our experience of the world is the same as everyone else. So we project.

That’s why people who naturally need 4-5 hours of sleep a night think that everyone else who needs 8 or 9 is probably just lazy.

But yet, it’s a fact that sleep requirements vary extraordinarily between people. There is no rule that will fit everybody, and if someone can’t function unless they get 10 hours a night, it doesn’t automatically mean that there’s something otherwise wrong with them.

The same is true for diet. People who thrive on 100% raw, find it easy to follow, and are absolutely happy with their social life tend to think that everyone else who has a different experience is probably just not committed enough, or didn’t try hard enough, or is otherwise not doing it right.

Yet, again, not everybody is the same.

You’ve wanted to make 100% raw work.

But you can’t stick with it. Or you’re not getting the results.

Who’s saying that you’re a failure? Stop blaming yourself and instead focus on something positive, like following a health sustaining diet, that includes a lot of raw food yes, but that’s also easy to follow, fun, and works for you.

And who cares what the raw food police will say.

I can already hear their criticism about this book, but I don’t care. It’s time to get a positive message out! If a raw food diet means eating only raw foods, then everybody eating a lower percentage of it is doing it less than perfectly.

But what if the perfect diet for you is much less difficult to follow, and you could do it 100% and get all the results that you’re after?

Stay tuned as I’ll be posting more info on this new book as it progresses.

25 Responses to “The Raw Food Police”

  1. Damien says:

    That is EXACTLY what I was thinking, as I am going
    more in the raw foos direction..

    Even tho I never did the fully raw thing only to realize
    the smallest “cheat meal” would be hard on my stomach,
    it always made logical sense to me that these people
    probably cant handle other foods and end up even more weak
    than others – and was especially thinking long term like,
    what if 30 years down the road you become old, have to be
    in a place where they take care of you and you’re forced to
    eat “normal” food but your system can’t handle it.

    Ok this is a bit much of a long term projection,
    but yea, im right with you. SOOO glad you’re doing this,
    as you’re the one I trust the most and it was already
    my goal to eat raw during the day, but eat more “normal”(tho still healthy)
    at night.

    When will the book be available?

    thanks for doing this!

  2. Hi Frederic,

    I’m looking forward to your book. I was 100% 80-10-10 raw for several months back in 2008 but finally got to the point where I simply couldn’t satisfy my appetite.

    From what I can surmise, your book is going to have raw food as the basis for the diet while including “smart” cooked foods to help balance things out. That’s an approach I’m extremely interested in!

    And I promise not to call the Raw Food Police… 🙂

    Best regards,

    P.S. — Feel free to send me a review copy… 😀

  3. Tara says:

    I am so excited to read this new book! Thank you for your continued honesty and open mind! You are and have been a great resource to me in my path at finding the best raw life-style I can. Like you, I have found 100% isn’t practical or even what I want at this point so it is nice to hear someone with your expertise sharing your experience. THANKS!

  4. Marisa says:

    Hi Frederic,
    I admire you for admitting that a 100% raw food diet is not it for everybody! I used to be a fanatic about health food and dabbled with the raw diet more than 17 years ago. Even with all of my healthy life style I got cancer. I was so disappointed. It turns out that if you approach healthy eating with a mindset of ‘getting away from disease and death’ you can eat healthy all you want but you still will have mental ‘toxins’. In my opinion the effect of food on your health is over-rated, meaning that you have to look at the body, mind and spirit all at once. And if that means that sometimes you immensely enjoy food that is ‘bad’ and you give in to that enjoyment, you are better nourished than people who see toxins in every cooked piece of food. My opinion is that people who are fanatical about food are doing it out of fear. And they are trying to control their fears unknowingly with diet and other restrictions. Food is to be enjoyed, whether you like it mostly raw or whether you like it in other forms. No fanaticism is healthy in my opinion. That’s why I like your attitude: you admit that your way is not the high-way, and that takes courage to do! Thanks, Frederic. I really enjoy what you write.

  5. Lynne Davies says:

    Fred, you are so honest, I started on my raw food journey last April, for my health, I felt so much better and my symptoms disappeared. But come the winter I have been struggling, I now eat fruit during the day but cooked vegetables or homemade vegetable soups for my evening meal.
    I did feel I had failed but as I still feel good and my health is good, feel that I have done the right thing.
    I live in the uk and its -4 outside and snowing a salad does not cut it for me!!! (I suspect where you are it’s much colder!).
    I would certainly love to read a book that shows me what to eat, in order to stay healthy. But remain as raw as possible.
    Good writing..

  6. Amyah says:

    Bonjour Frédéric,

    Well! Raw Food Police… this title look more — to my eyes — for a book of dirty conspiracy stuff 🙂 🙂 but, by being an author myself, I agree that it is often not easy to find the good, unique, attractive title for our babies.

    I am vegetarian, almost vegan (haven’t found yet the good substitute for eggs for my gluten free bread that I make occasionally) and a big % raw (depending of my nano-budget). I had to stop raw food because I can’t afford it $$$ for all month, I am on an extremely tiny budget. I saw your ebook on eating for 100$ a month. Would like to have it but it seems that is comes only with 3 other books for 37$. Can I just order that book or are they all linked together?

    As for the people who are acting like extremist for raw food… well… everybody should understand now that every way of eating is good for some and bad for others. I know that I want to go back to full raw vegan food or at least 90%+ as it is the only thing I can digest and assimilate properly. If I look at Mimi Kirk, she is wonderful on full raw but, for others and after a certain time on raw, their bodies and metabolism need something else, some complement… it is not bad if done properly, it is just “them”, a unique personality.

    Thank you for your posts, Frédéric

    From one of your readers on Vancouver Island 🙂

    Bonne journée

  7. alison says:

    sounds a great idea for a book! I always love your stuff- look forward to it! xxx

  8. Linda Parks says:

    I think I remember you asking us to choose a title a while back and I chose Vegan Fusion. I have been waiting for a book like this. I try to eat raw 90% of the time but I love my cooked soups and steamed vegetables. I can’t wait for yours, it sounds perfect for me. I hope it will still be vegan…….

  9. Fred H says:

    Wow i can’t wait that this book comes out hopefully with a pdf version so we can reasd it right away after buying it thanks.

  10. Carolyn Morgan says:

    I believe that the reason people have different needs is: what you think is what you get.

  11. Frederic Patenaude says:

    Don’t worry “The Raw Food Police” is not the title of the book… just the title of the ezine 🙂

  12. Amyah says:

    Oh! Cool! Pfffffiouuuuuu! 😀 😀

    Looking forward to know your new title 🙂

  13. cynthia says:

    I’m curious about this as well. I tried for three years to adhere to 801010, but I just kept falling down and binging again and again, and it wasn’t for lack of calories. I’m doing a bit better now. I’m trying now to have two main meals: one big fruit meal / smoothie, which is approximately 60% of my calories, and then one big veggie meal in the evening, which includes some overt fats in the form of olive oil (if it’s not heated), coconut oil (if I need to heat) or avocado. I feel best if I cut out nuts, seeds and nut butters, except for occasional chia pudding and almond milk, and very occasional dark chocolate. I also cut out legumes (beans, soy, peanuts and derived products), and all grains and other cooked starches. My sense is that sweet potato and maybe also white potato are fine for some, as well as rice, but to me they are not good for regulating appetite (they make me want to binge). I also have started eating salt again with veggies, high quality salt, which the 801010 police would not approve of. And onions, and garlic. And I feel fine.

  14. Lisa says:

    I just wanted to say that I find your approach to healthy eating an inspiration. I have tried a 100% raw vegan diet and, although I did feel good on it to begin with, I started to lose energy. I went back to my old way of eating and soon felt unhealthy again. This combination of high raw and some cooked seems to be the perfect solution. I look forward to this new book and value your ongoing exploration and encouragement.

  15. lola says:

    call it “The Raw Foodist Cheating handbook” or “The Not Really Raw Foodist”
    “Raw foods for the rest of us” or “halfway raw foodist” “half ass raw foodist” or “You can’t handle the Raw” or “Raw Food Wannabe” or “The Accidental Raw Foodist” or “how to pretend you eat Raw”

  16. Lynne Hippeau says:

    The Raw Food Police sounds so negative! Like the Soup Nazi. I would prefer a more positive title, something like Balancing Your Life & Diet, subtitle When It All Can’t Be Raw.

    Whatever the title, I look forward to this book!
    Good Luck!

  17. Em says:

    BAHAHAHA Lola, I LOVE all those titles you came up with!! I hope you do this sort of thing as your day job – otherwise you’re wasting some pretty sweet talent there…

    I too, am looking forward to this book Fred – even though I’m basically 100% raw (high-fruit, low-fat), with the occasional weekly-fortnightly deviation when I eat out with friends.

    I so enjoy everything you’ve written and I know this book will only add to my knowledge.

  18. Stevie Bee says:

    First up, I’m not a big fan of labels, except to tell the difference between strawberry and raspberry jam jars. So, I’m mostly raw, certainly in summer. But I prep root veggies such as turnips, parsnips and kumera (sweet potato), some pumpkins etc in my solar oven, which locks in all the flavour and slowly infusing warmth into I’m-not-eating-these-goodies raw. I also occasionally treat tempeh this way with a little tamari, especially when having guests to dinner and I want them to feel as though they’re eating a meal that is not too dissimilar to what they’re used to eating. This is especially so in the colder months.

    I go with what feels right and don’t get hung up on being purist; not that I have anything against those that are strict — provided it feels right. I know my tastes have changed after I began to up my raw content about five years ago. I also get more out of less food and don’t feel hungry after a meal; I did in the past when I was mostly eating cooked macrobiotic-type foods. I still like macrobiotics as a way of eating (local, seasonal and eating to balance the type of day I’m having). I don’t have a percentage as to how raw I am, because it varies day-to-day; some days, even weeks, it’s 100%, especially in summer. But other days maybe 80%. I don’t think it matters as much as enjoying my food and bringing joy to friends and family alike.

    The other thing I’m big on is food combining: keeping it simple and leaving space between courses and eating as mindfully as I can, which often means I’m the last to finish a meal!

    Above all, I’m not afraid to keep learning and adjusting my diet to meet new tastes, interests, new appreciations and new awarenesses.

    I’ve put some of this on my website if you’re interested (http://www.steviebee.id.au/html/food.htm)

    Thanks, Frederic for being open, for not being afraid of new information and for not being fixed in your thinking!

    Best to all

  19. Eve says:

    I have always thought the same thing – that if the really high raw people ever got sick or couldn’t get their fruits and had to eat cooked things, that they would get even more sick or have major stomach aches.
    Really looking forward to your new book Frederic.

  20. Kay Cruse says:

    I whince.. Ive struggled so badly with 20 yrs of eating disorders steming from “orthorexia”, that I just seem unable to get the “food police” out of my being. It feels like an impossible task on my own, especially as my sytem and relationship to food is in utter chaos, with obbsessive compulsive disorder added to the deal 🙁
    If I consider eating an “off menu” food; be it a sweet potato, or any veg cooked or raw that is not classified as a fruit, I sense this overwhelming anxiety and fear of bingeing to “get it over with”; enourmous guilt and then back to purge/cleansing to “mend” the “rift”.
    I feel totally confused about what’s safe to eat and eventually have broken down many times after several months of raw foods, fasting (on water) juicing etc.. and resulted with binge eating, bulimia, complusive eating at cafes, restaurants, supermarkets..
    I could really use some big help on establising a healthy, safe relationship to food.. I’ve often become emaciated, its no wonder I end up going crazy. I dont know how I’m going to allow that relationship to happen; but alot of forgiveness, patience and holisitc pursuits as I cleanse and nourish my system is a good place to start 🙂
    I look forward to hearing more about the book.. some snippets and excerpts could be a plus xXx

  21. Marisa says:

    This is in response to Kay’s message. I can highly recommend using EFT for solving issues like obsessive compulsive behavior. It is out of fear/anxiety that you feel the need to control your eating and behavior. This is in a strange way trying to keep you safe! So thank your inner food police for it being there to trying to keep it safe, and work with an EFT practitioner to help you let go of unwanted thoughts and behavior. It works really fast! I have had similar kinds of thoughts and behavior as you and am now free of it! You can also learn to do EFT yourself, there are many good official websites out there.

  22. Fred D. says:

    I tried to survive for nine years on a meatless diet – no eggs and no animals. Just about 75% raw fruit/vegetables/nuts – and 25% cooked veggies. Although there were no real problems, I never felt right. And I had problems sleeping.

    Now that I am on 50% raw fruit/vegetables/nuts, with lot’s of organic eggs, and some chicken and organic beef, my spirit is back. I am stronger. And it is a little easier to slide into a long, deep sleep each evening.

    I have no scientific explanation. Just experience.

  23. matt says:

    Yo Fred,
    Got any idea on why eating mangoes gives a little discomfort to my stomach?

    I’d usually eat 2 or 3 for breakfast if I’ve bought some 😉

    Thanks & kind regards,
    Love your work.

  24. Frederic Patenaude says:

    Mangoes contain an oil compound (aromatic oil) that many people are sensitive to. Hence the discomfort. I suggest eating only one or two mixed with other fruits instead!

  25. Stacy says:

    Cant wait for the book.. When will it be out and where can it be purchased? 811 didn’t work for me… It helped some of my health issues but made others worse. My dysbiosis and yeast overgrowth is worse. As is my digestion…. My pancreas doesn’t function well and I acquired numerous deficiencies, despite following it to the letter. I also lost all my muscle and developed insomnia. I’m always hungry yet full. Glad to hear I’m not the only one who “failed”

    What’s hard is knowing what IS the right diet to eat. The book “perfect health diet” backs up their theory with sound research. But that book is very opposite of fuhrmans, whom I believe is spot on. The controversy over whether legumes and grains are healthy or harmful, the coconut oil claims. Etc.. Its enough to drive ya batty.

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