By Frederic Patenaude
"If you feel that everyone must be 100% raw, 100% of the time, then don’t buy this book! Says Frederic at 37 years old, after 17 years of raw food experimentations.
Let me admit something now. I eat cooked foods. Even though I promote what some would call a "raw food lifestyle," I don’t eat a 100% raw. And it works great for me!
For years, I tried to eat a 100% raw food diet.
But it didn’t work. I just couldn’t stick to 100% raw. I would constantly go back and forth between two extremes (eating very high raw and eating a lot of cooked foods), and I couldn’t find balance.
I considered this diet to be ideal. I wanted to feel the benefits that all raw foodists talk about:
- Increased energy
- Perfect skin
- Perfect digestion
- Freedom from disease
- Ideal weight maintenance
But instead... I got:
- Horrible dental health
- Constant obsession with food
- Inability to have a normal social life
But for years, I tried every raw food approach. I did the 100% raw approach. I tried the 80-10-10 Diet and the low-fat vegan approach.
And although all of these diets had something positive... I wasn’t happy on any of them. Until I realized something obvious... What works for someone might not work for everybody!
What works in some circumstances of life will not work in all circumstances. And yet, the raw food diet gurus kept telling everybody that the only reason for failure on their diet is because you haven’t done it well enough.
For 15 years, I was trying to be a raw foodist. I held the 100% raw food diet as an ideal. And for many of those years, I actually ate a raw food diet.
It sounded great on paper. But in practice, it was impossible.
With my lifestyle as a world traveler, I found it difficult to be more than a few miles away from my blender! And living in Canada, eating a raw food diet year round in a cold climate was just not fun or realistic.
But I kept trying and trying... hoping that one day I would find the courage to finally go 100% raw and stick with it.
I beat myself up for it too. What if I’m just not strong enough? What if I just don’t have the commitment?
It puzzled me, because I was very disciplined in other aspects of my life. But when it came to eating 100% raw, I just couldn’t maintain it.
Until I asked myself... what if there was a way to get all the benefits of a raw food diet without any of the drawbacks? What if there was another way?
Eating cooked foods as part of a raw food diet didn’t work because every time I did it, I became sick. My body became so sensitive on a raw food diet that it was very difficult to eat "normal" foods again.
So I was stuck in a weird place: not really happy with my diet at all, but forced to follow out of fear that I would get sick if I ate something else.
That’s until I discovered some crucial information that enabled me to finally make a raw freedom diet possible: finding the perfect balance between raw and cooked foods to get all the benefits without any of the negative consequences.
That’s what I call the Raw Freedom approach...
If you’ve been eating a 100% raw food diet for many years and you are happy with it, without cravings or social problems, and you have no desire to change, then what I have to tell you is not for you.
But if you’d like to find great health and balance by incorporating raw and cooked food in a scientific way that works, then read on...
Listen, it’s really simple.
You like the idea of a raw food diet. It makes sense. But the truth is that you’ve tried it and it didn’t work.
You just can’t stick to it... and while the gurus would like you to blame yourself constantly for that failure and keep trying, you just won’t and it’s perfectly normal.
Instead of blaming yourself for this failure, why not take a more positive approach and try to succeed on the diet that you really want to eat?
Let’s be honest, although the raw food diet has great benefits, it’s not easy to follow! I’m talking about of course:
But what if you could have all of the benefits that raw food promises... without any of those drawbacks.
This is what I call the Raw Freedom approach.
In this new book, you will discover...
This book is about creating a healthy, practical diet with a strong emphasis on raw foods, but not one that is so restrictive that it requires a 100% commitment to eating only uncooked foods.
It’s a fusion/inclusion program that recognizes that eating a big percentage of raw foods provides clear benefits, but cooking certain foods does too.
It’s also a way out for many raw foodists and health enthusiasts who can’t seem to find a balance, and too often hover between two extremes with a lot of associated guilt, often induced by years of striving to eat a diet that is frankly too restrictive.
The program that I’m proposing in this book is flexible and easily customizable.
This book contains practical advice, not theories.
I wrote Raw Freedom for people who:
- Are considering the raw food diet lifestyle.
- Already following some kind of raw food program.
- Wanting to improve your health by adding more raw foods to your diet.
Within one of these categories, you also find:
- You’re not interested in eating 100% raw, or you’re fed up with it.
- You’re looking for an alternative to the strict raw food diet promoted everywhere as the "holy grail" of health.
- You’ve experienced some health problems or failed to solve your own health problems following a raw food diet or similar programs.
- You want to eat a super-healthy diet that fits with your personality and your life, and you want to eat both raw foods and cooked foods.
I don't feel so guilty eating cooked foods anymore!
Hello Frederic, I have bought several books on raw and came to the conclusion that raw isn't for me. I did enjoy your book; I don't feel so guilty eating cooked foods anymore! I really think some lightly cooked foods and organic meats are beneficial for my personal preference. I always thought lightly cooking some food was better that eating it raw, even when I was eating mostly raw! I only did try it for a little while but I do think cooked food is just cooked food, so long as it’s not over cooked, its fine! I appreciate the information in your book very much; it was a load off my chest.
Thanks and good luck
I have gone out to eat with family and friends and can feel like I am part of the group.
I have read the book and keep going back to sections that I want to read again. I have gone out to eat with family and friends and can feel like I am part of the group. I have been eating a lot more fat and seeing that you are eating more in your diet, not oils, has helped me feel more comfortable eating some nuts more often. When I eat out I will order a small salad with lemon wedges and steamed veggies with rice, either white or brown, and I love that I don't have to always order a salad only has I had when I was trying to eat all raw. Thank you for writing what you believe in and voicing what so many of us are feeling and have not known how to express our thoughts.
Thanks for this refreshing, honest look at the world of health and for giving me permission to let up and relax.
Hi Frederic, I am just getting to the last few pages of the book and so far, I love it. I really needed this at this particular time in my life. I was feeling EXTREMELY frustrated with the amount of confusion and disagreement among raw food gurus out there. I really hadn't put a finger on what my frustration was, but just like you, I want to LIVE my life, be extremely healthy and yet not spend it obsessed and alienated because of diet. I truly believe that one can have a great healthy life with balance. Thanks for this refreshing, honest look at the world of health and for giving me permission to let up and relax.
Thank you for being so honest and open.
Hi Fred, I finished your book in two days, simply couldn't put it down. Thank you for being so honest and open. You've hit so many sore spots for me head on, especially the one about struggling to give up on the ideal of raw food as the optimal diet for human beings. I still think it's the diet when facing serious illness, but it may not be sustainable for each and every person at every stage of their lives. I also have struggled to eat enough calories without addition of healthy cooked meals at night and now come to the conclusion that I need a better balance. Thank you for being the voice of sanity and reason.
Olga (Sydney, Australia)
After reading Raw Freedom I really feel empowered to make the right decision for me
I love your Raw Freedom book. I love how you explain areas where you may have changed your views from your previous books. I really appreciate the tools to choose how much raw food I want to include in my diet, and the best ways to go about it. You did a great job providing the pros and cons and various reasons for why each percentage of a raw verses cooked diet may be good/bad for different people. After reading Raw Freedom I really feel empowered to make the right decision for me, and even changing it based on the seasons here in North America, or on my phase of life, such as pregnancy and postpartum. You helped me understand why my body reacts various ways to the different diet combinations I have tried in my life. Now I feel like I can make diet choices with more clarity and awareness of what my body may go through and what it may need.
Thank you for helping me set myself free
This really a refreshing book. I am so glad that I am not alone in my struggle to let go of raw food 100%. Fred you have really touched me with this book. I have followed you for years and I trust your work. Thank you for helping me set myself free.
Good to know that I am not going to die an early and painful death just because I didn't make it all the way to 100% raw.
HI Fred, Raw Freedom was quite a page turner. Good to know that I am not going to die an early and painful death just because I didn't make it all the way to 100% raw. This book has a great amount of extremely useful information. I have never been fully raw over long periods of time and still would like to get there some time and ironically enough there are lots of tips in your book to get there, kind of the reverse way. It also contains a lot of common sense.
Have a great day.
Here’s an overview of the main chapters of the book Raw Freedom and their content.
In these two chapters, I look at the main advantage that eating raw foods provide, in order to make sure we can get all of those advantages also from a raw freedom program.
I also look at the common arguments that are used in favor of a 100% raw food diet and examine the science behind them. Some surprising answers will be found.
How to strengthen your digestion and avoid the most common problems of restricted diets: intolerance
This is probably the most important chapter in the book. Ever tried to eat a raw food diet (or any other restricted diet) and found that when you re-introduced that you previously digested perfectly, that you became sick?
In this ground-breaking chapter, you will discover:
These two chapters are meant for anyone who has tried for years to diet (raw or otherwise) and stick to an "ideal" without success. Some topics covered include:
Cooked foods are toxic, right? Well, it’s not that simple. These two chapters explain why. In them, you will discover:
These two chapters cover what are the common alternatives to a raw food diet, and how to start designing a raw freedom program that incorporates both raw and cooked foods in a healthy ways. You will discover:
I’ve included a few chapters that cover my thoughts on controversial topics, such as animal protein, fat, alcohol, and more. You will discover:
This chapter covers more important nutritional issues that will help you optimize your raw freedom program, without turning it into a complicated diet. You will discover:
Because social problems are so common in people following any diet, I have dedicated two chapters to this important topic. In them, you will discover:
Raw food and vegan diets have many advantages, but can also lead to some unusual health problems. This chapter covers common issues and solutions to prevent or overcome them:
These two chapters cover more the psychology of diets, and more raw-food specific issues, including:
These two chapters contain important advice on what to do when you’re trying to either lose weight or gain muscle. Including:
The book also contains a few appendixes as well as a recipe section. Such as:
Raw Freedom is not the first book that I've written, but it’s probably the most important. I have written and published many books, including:
Thank Goodness… Somebody has found the answers! I tried [tips shared in the book] after reading Raw Food Controversies.. Wow! It's working I'm not sick! I've increased my calories by eating more fruit. Before I went on the raw food diet I weighed a 186 pounds, I'm 5'3. Now I weigh 114 pounds. I was stuck at 150 pounds for a long time. It's amazing how much fat can be inside the body, even at a low weight. I have more energy than ever!
Everything that you said in your book was happening to me...I was so sick for 3 days I ended up seeing the doctor, couldn't eat, very weak, and your book arrived. Thank you I believe it saved me from the worst to come. I decided to apply the information through out your book like reading about Albert Mosseri in his basic principles of Natural Hygiene. It was breath taking when I read about your Personal Journey, I loved it! I also related to the Raw Foodists not realizing I too have been a Gourmet Pusher making beautiful dishes loaded with so much fat and salt which I now believe is unhealthy and dangerous.. I own 75 Raw Food Books, I'm starting over with low fat raw book recipes.
I felt so tired all the time. I couldn't understand it… I have been a 100% faithful on the Raw Food Diet...I thought I was eating healthy, but now I know I'm eating healthy, because I feel so fantastic inside, I'm back riding my unicycle and juggling and doing the things I thought I never would be able to do at 52 years old. It's so simple to eat simple! Raw Food Controversies book has changed my life and my teeth... I applied the information from the book to my own teeth with bleeding gums and other problems I was having. Wow! I have stopped the gum bleeding and my checkups are improving! There's just so much this book did for me that I could write forever! Thank you for getting the information out to all of us on your Personal Journey, it has stopped me in my tracks and has opened another door for growth. My husband Brian had brought this book for me and he to is starting to apply the book as well. Small simple steps of eating raw simple low fat meals that is... The beginning to improves health.
By the way, I thought the "Raw Food Nutrition Explained" DVD was very well thought out and organized and was really an excellent resource for the beginning to intermediate raw fooder. I really, really liked it! It's a really excellent introduction to raw food nutrition and the low fat raw vegan diet.
One of the things I like, and the reason I've bought a lot of Fred's products, is that he's concrete and is among the more scientifically/logically minded people. I felt that this DVD really showcased all those strengths and hence was very valuable and packed with good information.
How can someone who has written "raw food books" now come out with a new books about incorporating both raw and cooked foods to create a healthy lifestyle?
The problem comes with the word "raw foodist." Words like that imply an identity based around food.
My experience over the last 17 years being involved in the natural "raw food" movement is that far too many people pretend to be pure raw foodists when in fact they are not. I prefer to stand by the truth and share my experience with the world.
Not all the truth has been settled about health and nutrition, and it’s normal to continue experimenting and not be satisfied until you’ve found something that really works.
Raw Freedom is for people who want to incorporate the best of both worlds — raw and cooked — in a sensible plan, when the restrictions of a raw food diet simply didn’t work.
Many other diets on the market promote a balance of raw and cooked foods, such as Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat to Live Diet. However, these books don’t really address the issues faced by raw food enthusiasts when designing such a program. They also promote a rigid lifestyle that fails to take how each one of us is different and not one perfect diet will work for everybody.
Raw Freedom is about finding balance in a healthy way. It’s not about creating more restrictions for yourself or another "diet." It looks at issues that have never have been looked before by raw food promoters.
In addition to the book Raw Freedom, I have also included the following to create a complete package that and will answer all your questions and set you on the right track for success.
"Discover what these experts have to say
about eating a healthy diet that combines
both raw and cooked foods"
In addition to the book Raw Food Controversies, I have recorded hours of interviews with experts in the field of health and wellness, who also went from a 100% raw food diet to a more balanced approached. There’s over 4 hours of recording you can enjoy on your iPhone, computer, or other device.
What Kevin Gianni has to say about blood tests and why the raw food diet cannot work for everybody.
How a personal trainer in Hawaii improved her physical performance by including certain specific cooked foods as part of a high-raw diet.
A longevity expert reveals his relaxed approach to the raw food lifestyle, where cheating is not only possible but also advisable!
My own interview where I will reveal shocking stories from behind the scenes of the raw food movement, and the truth most raw food gurus don’t want you to know.
This bonus audio summit is a $49.95 value and is available as part of our main packages for the Raw Freedom
Even with all of the detailed information contained in Raw Freedom, it's possible that some of your questions may not have been answered, or that you’d like to see some topics covered in more depth.
This is why I'll be conducting a series of two live teleconferences for anyone who orders this book during the launch.
These two teleconferences will also be recorded and transcribed (as an eBook) and made available to you in case you miss the live call and for your future reference.
This series of teleconference is a $97 value and will be available for FREE to anyone who orders the main package for the Raw Freedom, but only during the launch!
The live teleconferences bonus will only be offered during the launch... you save $97 by ordering now and get to participate in the live teleconferences!
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Chapters That Were Not Included in Raw
When my book Raw Freedoms was first in the hands of my editors, I was advised to remove certain chapters that were a bit too advanced, or outside of the scope of the main book. Although I included in the book everything I deemed to be necessary, I had to come to the conclusion that some of my writing was either too controversial or too advanced for the book.
However, if you order your copy now, you will get a bonus book that includes all of these chapters for only $10 more.
Raw Freedom is the only book that can truly free yourself to enjoy the life that you want as well as get health benefits from raw foods. Every other book is an "all-or-nothing" proposition that only adds to confusion.
I have learned the hard way, and I want to help you avoid the same mistakes I made and the health problems I got as a result.
Try something new. This is not another diet! Raw Freedom is a unique approach that no one else has about incorporating raw foods as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Read the book at your own pace. Listen to all the bonus audio programs for a full 60 days from the date of purchase.
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