What Diet Do You Eat Now, Kevin? (Are You a Raw Foodist Anymore?) : Renegade Health Q & A

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austin skyline growing
The Austin skyline growing…

We’ve settled into Austin and last night went to an Improv Show downtown…

This is the third time we’ve been to a performance like this and we absolutely love them.

The best one we’ve seen was in Atlanta, but the other two (in San Francisco and Austin) were good too.

It was actually nice to get out and do something non-work related.

Anyway, today, I’m going to answer some questions from this past week about diet.

I realize that since there are a lot of you out there who are new as well as a lot who have seen some transition in our work are wondering about where we stand on diet.

The truth is nothing much has changed.

Let me explain by answering some questions from you…

The first question is from Natalya:

“Kevin, You are not raw foodist any more?”

Thanks for the question, Natalya!

We are, and always will be, high raw eaters. That’s the title of my book and I stand by it.

One thing that I’m certain about when it comes to diet is that consuming plants (many raw) in high percentages (calorie and volume wise) is a very smart and prudent approach to health.

Almost across the board, in all long lived cultures (with VERY few exceptions), you will see 70-95% of their calories coming from plants.

So no, we definitely have not jumped the raw food or the plant-based diet boat. 70-95% of calories coming from plants can still be defined as a plant based diet (many of them from raw foods is a high raw diet.)

What I have been doing lately is attempting to find out what is true, what is kind of true and what is patently false in the diet and healthy eating community.

This way we can come to better conclusions as well as, together, spread convincing and truthful knowledge about eating more plants and killing less animals as a global community.

In order for people to understand the value of a plant-based diet (meaning 70-100% plant foods), we need to get our information right. We can’t spread half-truths and nonsense.

I think we can all agree, no matter if you eat animal foods or not, upon that.

Back to raw foods, just because I feel there are some things that are misrepresented when it comes to raw foods, does not mean that I’ve abandoned the concept at all.

I embrace it and welcome everyone to try some version of it – whether it’s for 3 days or 3 years.

Also, as a service to you and everyone who reads this blog, my commitment is being honest about my diet.

Whether is benefits me or not.

As we’ve traveled around the country, we’ve learned that the vast majority of raw foodists eventually go back to eating some cooked food or animal products.

This could happen in 6 months or in 10 or 20 years, but more often than not, it does happen.

So it’s only fair to share with you what is happening with Annmarie and I, instead of letting you believe something that is not reality.

I also share, whether it benefits me or not, because I realize that many people and experts don’t share their dietary changes because it’s not good for business.

Maybe they’re right. Maybe it doesn’t make good business sense to talk about goat’s kefir with everyone (since many who read are vegan), but it’s the truth.

So that prevails.

As we move forward on the blog and content, I think you’ll find we’re open to many different approaches in diet as long as you’re getting tested, you feel great and you’re managing all the other aspects of your life that create great health – like proper sleep, exercise, stress relief, enjoying your job and relationships and connecting with others.

Next up from unknown… “Does this mean that you think all vegans should eat some animal products?”

No, I don’t think so.

It’s amazing how assumptions fly, isn’t it.

I attempt to be very specific with my words when I write (much more specific than in videos as many of you have seen recently!)

I have never said that all vegans should eat animal products.

As I dig deeper into diet, what I’m realizing is that people have varied requirements based on their previous conditions, their climate and their genetics.

If your blood tests and your results are showing you the vegan diet is working, please continue – but please continue to get your blood tested as well.

This health thing, isn’t a one and done deal.

It requires maintenance like a garden.

So the only thing I’m asking vegans (as well as all other eaters) is to be honest with themselves when it comes to their health, be willing to experiment if things go wrong and have as much compassion for our environment and animals as possible.

From Sayward:

“Did you try to heal yourself/raise your levels within the parameters of a vegan diet *before* you resorted to adding animals? Or did you go straight to the animal products?”

Great questions, Sayward!

At one point I was taking 6-10 vegan supplements a day to attempt to override my deficiencies – B complex, DHA, Vitamin D, B12, a mineral supplement, protein powder, chlorella, and more.

I also adjusted my diet to add more cooked foods to see if that would change the way I felt as well.

This was over a 2 year period.

When I was introduced to goat’s kefir, I resisted greatly.

First, because I hadn’t had any dairy in over 8 years.

Second, because I wanted very badly to stay vegan (I did eat honey.)

Third, I had too much vested in vegan as who I was – on the blog, our business, etc.

So there were a LOT of influences keeping me away from animal products.

What it always came back to, even when faced with all these considerations, was that I wasn’t feeling great and my blood tests reflected it.

So I had to make a change. After the introduction of goat’s kefir and yogurt, I immediately felt an increase of energy, slept better and many issues started to clear up – my acne started to disappear, my knees stopped aching after a run, I gained back weight lost, I was able to retain muscle mass better, I could get out of bed in the morning, etc.

During that time, I also experimented shortly with raw eggs in my smoothie, but I’ve since stopped. I have no idea if I’ll reincorporate this or not, though I’m not opposed to getting farm fresh eggs locally from sustainable and conscious people.

So to answer your question, no, I did not go straight to animal products. I wanted very much to continue to be vegan. It was a much easier solution for me and everyone else involved to stay where I was, but the health I was experiencing was not optimal and eventually that would have likely gotten worse.

Now, also I need to be clear, I’m unsure how long I’ll continue to eat kefir.

Foods have their place as medicine and for a depleted body, some things work very well while others don’t.

Down the line, I’ll revisit my diet and take inventory of what is happening and likely adjust again.

Stay tuned…

I want to know your thoughts: What do you want to hear about next week?


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Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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