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Maybe we’d be better off learning about diet from goats.

I used to think only one diet was the right diet…

Actually, I’ve thought this a few times in my life — about a few different diets.

At one time, I thought the Mediterranean diet was best was to eat for everyone.

At another, I’ve thought the vegan diet was clearly the only diet man should eat and definitely the most ethical.

I’ve believed that eating 100% raw food would save the planet and every other person I saw eating deadly, enzyme-depleted cooked food.

These days, things are a little different.

I’ve moved away from my shifting diet dogmatism, to a place where I accept that — while quite unpopular in some circles — many diets seem to work.

I, of course, wish it were easier than this.

But I can’t ignore what I’ve seen.

On this journey, I’ve read books on raw food, vegan diets, the Paleo diet — I’ve interviewed experts who eat meat, who don’t eat meat, who eat macrobiotic and who don’t eat any vegetables at all.

It’s personally been quite stressful for me.

Imagine interviewing Sally Fallon and T. Colin Campbell a few days apart. Their opinions are as opposing as the “Push” and “Pull” signs on a door.

Both of these public health figures have stories to tell and both have scientific and anecdotal success to back them up.

I have to admit, that years of delving into these stories and research has left me tired.

I don’t want to debate diet any more. I already did that in 2010 and it was the only time I’ve been physically sick in more than 5 years. (I had a fever and sore throat for 2 days.)

(FACT: Stress weakens the immune system.)

I don’t want to have to justify someone’s decision for eating 3 bananas instead of one, or explain food combining, or argue whether juicing or blending is healthier.

Just writing that sentence above right now makes me cringe.

I used to want to have all the answers — but now I find myself gathering data that I don’t know how to process.

The two ways we determine health success are flawed.

Our science is inaccurate in many ways and if it’s not by design — improperly conducted or designed to narrowly — it’s paid for by people who want certain outcomes.

Our anecdotes are shaky as well. The human experience is way to complex to be able to consistently identify and single out specific variables that cause illness.

I’ve seen too many errors and mistakes and misinformation — even in the natural health world — to believe anyone outright.

I personally — and I share this with you because I want you to know — don’t think many people know what they’re talking about when it comes to health — I guess it’s because I’ve seen too much. So answers — in the form of books, audio, programs — to me are just packets of information that I have to gather, review and store in my already over-capacity database.

I continue to do all this digging and storing hoping that one day my mind will eventually sort out some answers for me — subconsciously — so that I don’t have to pull my hair out about getting my EFAs from fish, algae or sacha inchi oil any more or trying to figure out what percentage of fat, protein and carbohydrate is best for everyone.

Maybe you’ve thought this way before. Maybe not.

You’re probably wondering what set me off…

What set me off about this is a program I recently am reviewing.

It’s written by one of my favorite people in the health industry — Jonny Bowden.

Jonny and I have had moments of disagreement when it comes to diet (he recommends a Paleo type diet, while I have a high raw approach), but I’ve spent some time with him — enough to know that what he recommends really works.

As a pragmatist, you can’t ignore results.

So I got a copy of his new program to read it. (Again, I gather, store and hope.)

The program is actually pretty good (I’ll share some details from it later on), but as I was reading it, the only thing I could think of is that some people would completely discount everything he says due to one or two core principles he teaches — for one the inclusion of meat in the diet.

I used to do this too.

I used to discount an entire body of work when it mentioned meat.

I used to think someone was out of the mind when they thought dairy could help rebuild gut flora and be helpful not harmful to the body — I snapped out of this when it helped heal me.

Now, I read with an open and thoughtful mind — even though it is a little full, LOL!

I’ve come to terms with the fact that some people respond to different teachers.

Some people need a little animal protein.

Some raw fooders are completely nuts.

Others are the best people on the planet.

Sometimes the vegan diet is the best option.

Something most would consider crazy, like drinking just water for 40 days can either heal you or hurt you — just depends on who you are and what you need.

As I was reading the program, I was torn between whether or not I’d be a hero or a goat for talking about a program that is so divergent from what I’ve been in the past.

I don’t follow Jonny’s program, though I have expanded my diet choices, but I think it could help some people who haven’t had any success with mainstream approaches as well as those who’ve gone so far into the diet rabbit hole that the need to find a light at the other end.

So, I decided to write this.

So far, it’s been quite different than a usual review. But, it might take on a more recognizable form starting right here…

Some of the points of the program that I think are helpful to you are these:

1. Insulin regulation is the key to burning fat.

Lower levels of insulin in the body and lower blood sugar (not too low) are extremely effective in determining longevity. Lower levels of insulin are related to better cardiovascular health, better sleep, a stronger immune system, better sex drive, increased metabolism and lowered stress.

If you can regulate this by eating less sugar (read: processed) and more vegetables, you’re almost there. This will take about 80-90% of the load off of your pancreas. The other 10-20%, you’ll need to slowly tweak using blood testing and diet experimentation.

Bottomline: If you keep your insulin in check, you’ll stick around for longer.

2. The elimination diet can totally transform the way you feel.

I’ve been teaching an elimination diet for health, allergies and digestion for years now. The reason why is because it was suggested to me years back and it helped me clear up the stomach pains and pimples on my that I had for years.

About 10 years ago, I was invited to a Tony Robbins event with my friend Nick Ortner. He had already been, but it was my first time. On the last day, Tony comes on stage not to talk about self improvement, but to talk about health. Since I was so mesmerized (and probably hypnotized) by Tony, I was willing to do anything to change my life and my health. Tony told me to stop eating dairy for 2 weeks and see how I feel. So I did.

My neck acne and stomach pains went away. I just didn’t have a clue it would that easy. I had stressed over them both since high school. Now there was no more pain — physical and emotional.

After the two weeks, I was out with some friends and we decided to get a pizza. My two weeks were up, so I gladly joined them.

I ate 3 slices and within 40 minutes my stomach was in knots. In 8 hours, I was stuck on the toilet. In 24 hours, I had pimples popping out of my neck.

My 2 week elimination experiment was complete. I did the hard work, saw the benefits, and came full circle — in a much more acute and painful way. I stopped eating all dairy that next day. I did this for 7 years until fermented dairy was one of the foods that was able to heal me — which is irony in itself. (For those of you who are wondering, I don’t eat dairy these days.)

3. Processed carbohydrates are, in fact, the devil.

I actually believe the exclusion of processed carbohydrates are the reason almost all diets work.

There is not one diet that I know of that recommends you eat as much white bread as you can. No diet that says pretzels are on the “eat-whenever-you-like” list. None that say white sugar is your ticket to weight loss salvation.

Is it possible that just removing these faux-foods from our diet could be the only thing necessary to live long, medication free lives?

Of course, it’s more complicated than this, but again for about 80-90% of us, this may be all we need to do. (There are of course pre-existing conditions, genetic expression, emotional issues, and many more factors that determine good or poor health.)

Where to go from here?

There is of course much more in the program, and if you want to check it out you can here.

The truth is, like I’ve said above, I’m finding I can’t censor something because it doesn’t exactly fit into my belief system.

I can censor things that I think are harmful — like some supplements, protocols, herbs or breatharianism — but I can’t silence a voice or a school of thought that is showing results too. It’s not fair to you.

In the case of Jonny’s program, I think of my family members. I would get the program for them, because they don’t share my extremism when it comes to health (that could be a good thing!) Maybe you’re just like them. Maybe you need something like just this.

So, if you’re interested, you can check out Jonny’s program and tell me what you think. Am I right on? Am I off base?

You can find it here: Unleash Your Thin

(Please note: If you are vegan or raw, the recipes are not for you.)

Open Mind = Healthy Mind

Anyway, I understand this is a weird, hybrid rant-review. The bottomline is that I want you to explore all options, because some of the things that have saved my health have been things I was violently against. Maybe this won’t happen to you, but for some, it could be the exact thing they need to hear.

One thing I do know for sure is that an open mind is a healthy mind. I don’t think anyone has all the answers. I don’t think any one particular person is right when it comes to losing weight. That’s why I keep learning — as painful as it can be — because I know that all the levels of health knowledge can apply in any given situation.

It’d be a shame to stop learning and not have the answer for someone in need — all because of my decision to be so narrow. It’s a mistake I’ve made in the past, and hopefully I can dissuade you from doing it too.

Your Question of the Day: How do you deal with conflicting health information?

Live Awesome!
Kev

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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  1. michael westrick says:

    Very enlighting article……

  2. Pam says:

    I agree with your comment that a healthy mind is an open mind. We all seem to go deeply into our own beliefs to the point of excluding contradicting ideas, from time to time. It’s a good wake up call to realize the other person believes their theory as much as you believe yours. Thanks for the lesson today, Kev. Live and Let Live.

  3. Anna says:

    One of your best articles kev! I also think the quote ‘open mind = healthy mind’ Is the best thing I have heard in a long time – its so true! Way too many people follow such dogmatic beliefs and discredit so much information – well done for being brave to write this!

  4. Kristina says:

    Much agreed with all of that. I’ve actually been wanting to write in for a while to this topic. I, too, have been a very dogmatic dietary lady, and it didn’t turn out good. I, now, listen to what my body is telling me is the best, and everything is turning itself around, and I am finding health. I study chinese medicine, and some of the peoples tongues (of vegans), not to mention their skin, and general appearance shows very unhealthy progress in their life. I have also seen people who are healthy, not many, but can be done. In my opinion it takes a lot more time and work than most of us have. It really depends on each person, and where they live. There is no diet or program that will work with everyone. That is a very Western way of looking at things. We are here to treat the person, not the disease, as Hippocrates states.
    I also want to say that those that are so concerned with killing animals, I would ask them to contemplate the fact that a plant has to die to feed us also. I am a plant lover and they are consciousness also. AND, if you do eat meat that has been raised without antibiotics and hormones, and have been raised consciously, it is as if you are voting to have that become the norm.
    Anyhoo, there’s my rant to add!! Much love to ALL

  5. LuAnn says:

    As I’ve learned over these many years, Every BODY is DIFFERENT! Every person has their OWN strengths and/or weaknesses. EVERY Health Expert has THEIR own Theory and/or Story. We are ALL unique. We are ALL on our very OWN journey. Some of us just want to Enjoy and Extend the Ride!
    Blessings!

  6. Karen says:

    What a great, honest post, Kevin! Honesty like this makes a person more trustworthy, IMO.

    After shoving so much “information” into my brain for the last 4-1/2 months, I came to the same conclusion: that everything everyone “knows” is B.S.

    When it comes down to it, the only thing that’s left for us to do is to experiment on ourselves, and to tell each other honestly what worked for us so we can get ideas of other things to try if what we’re trying isn’t working.

    I found the treatises of Luigi Cornaro (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luigi_Cornaro) to be inspiring, and they advocate what we today would call calorie restriction, for health and longevity.

    Yet HIS calories came from things that for moral reasons I would never eat (dead animals), considered whole wheat bread to be “man’s best food” while I consider wheat to be not fit for human consumption, and, from his own description of his diet, ate almost no fresh or raw produce. To my logical mind his diet sounds like a disaster, but he spent the last half of his life in near-perfect health, lived to be approximately 98 (depending on whose dates you believe) in full possession of all his faculties, and was a very happy man.

    As to the answer to your hypothetical question about “what diet is best for weight loss”, the answer is: whatever health-giving diet you can figure out for yourself and eat the rest of your life. If it’s truly a healthful way of eating for you, your weight will normalize.

  7. Barb C says:

    I completely empathize with you, Kevin!! I was raw vegan for almost a year and it was not right for me. I have been reading so much about nutrition, and so much of it is conflicting. Respectable ‘authorities’ all have something different to say. So, I have decided that I can’t define myself by the way I eat, and do not want to attach a label to it. Flexitarian, maybe. You have said for a while now, you have to find what works for you, what makes you thrive. There is no one perfect diet for all.

  8. Shannon says:

    Great article Kevin!

  9. Jettie Mescher says:

    I so totally relate to everything you have written as I have been on the same path. It does drive one to distraction to keep it all straight. I have tried to be open to many opinions and feel I can learn something from everyone even if I don’t buy the whole story. I come from a Weston A. Price background, but I realized that Forks Over Knives had something to help me on my path for better health as well. As soon as I say I’m finished researching and I’ll just do what I think is best, like you, I find myself intrigued by something else that hits my viewfinder in one manner or another. Although it can be very tiring; mostly I enjoy the journey and the wonderful people I am meeting along the way. Thanks for all the food for thought you give me, it is much appreciated.

  10. nuitgoddess says:

    Don’t get bummed out. You provide such a blessed service!

    Everyone decides what is right for themselves.

    Health is a journey.

  11. Charlotte says:

    You summed it up perfectly!!!!! I couldn’t agree more!
    I too have used the elimination diet after becoming so sick. The doctors couldn’t find what was wrong. I stopped eating processed foods and started the elimination diet. Once I found my triggers I stopped eating them. I also cut out all processed carbs. I have never felt this good!

  12. sue says:

    Wow! Quite a mind-provoking article. Thanks, Kevin. I listened to some of the Bowdin talk–he’s quite interesting and has a kind of exciting approach & way of speaking. Have heard about him often before. We are all definitely one-of-a-kind and need to find our strongest patterns for survival even though at first we think some ‘formula’ will do the trick.
    And…speaking of sales speakers….I saw David Wolfe on an infomercial today :). What a surprise. He looked somehow different.
    We never know what you will come up with next and that is what I look forward to!

  13. Shivie Cook says:

    I have loved our conversations on this topic Kev. And I like you went to the extreme, I think part of my healing needed it but now part of my going forward is to accept that we are ALL different.

    When i stopped to look at the different diets I realized that there are healthy people in a ll diet spectrums and there are unhealthy ones to be found as well.

    I also recognized (like we talked about recently) that the purists (yes the raw foodies that we were both a part of) can sometimes be the worst about dogmatizing health…and many are NOT healthy because they lack balance within their chosen spectrum.

    I am happy you wrote about this, too many of those advocating sepcific diets (again a lot in the the raw food world) are not really living by what they preach and are “scared” others may find out they eat some cooked food (how crazy that we have to be scared of progression).

    We just ran into one of our fave raw fooders from back in the day and he was telling us he had been eating some steamed veggies and was “busted” recently in a thai restaurant when one of his viewers saw him with a plate of steamed vegggies-as if that is a crime.

    Far better to come clean, say that more information has come in and that you have shifted your diet to suit your current circumstances, thoughts and beliefs.

    When we work with clients we tell them we care only about 2/3 of their plate, the other 1/3 is theirs to fill with meat or whatever (and we are still vegan with lots of raw)…after all the important thing is to ADD nutrition in and not trade one neurosis for another.

    Love you so much and always happy to hear what you have to say, and yes sometimes it will piss people off, and they need to get over that, not you.

  14. Bob says:

    As a person who has healed epileptic seizures many years ago via the Master Cleanse followed by a mostly vegetarian diet and several different 12 Step programs, I know that “whatever meets the need” at that time works for me.

  15. Rocio says:

    I very much agree with the comments of Barb C.
    I have tried so many things and today I am grateful to be alive and getting better. We really care and pray for both (3) of you!
    Thank you for all you..May God bless you.

  16. Winter Fey says:

    I’m going to a naturopath this week who is going to look at food intolerances, blood type, etc. with me to work out what my individual body needs. There are four doctors that work in this office…some are vegan, some are not, Speaking to her on the phone, she told me that right now I need cooked food with the goal to transition to more raw food in the future (raw food is eating up my insides because I made the transition on my own and way too quickly.) I would love to be raw vegan….but I have given up on what I want. It’s time to give my body, my cells what they need. Maybe they’ll need a raw diet, which I think is the most beautiful way to live…maybe not. Either way, I plan to work with this doc to figure out what is best for me and in combination with my intuition to give myself the best nutrition, health, and love possible. We are all beautiful unique individuals and it makes sense to me that no diet, belief system, or perspective is right for everyone (except perhaps love.) I am, as always, so grateful, Kevin, that you fight for the truth and to share that with all of us…no matter how difficult or how much hate/criticism people have sent your way. From my light to your light…Namaste…you are a true teacher for us all! <3

  17. lk says:

    Unfortunately, it is this conflicting information that prevents many from taking good health seriously and throwing up their hands in frustration and running for the ice cream! There are some basic truths and the additional tough part is finding what works for you at a given time.
    It is mostly – for the majority of us without any major allergies- about getting rid of the bad stuff- sugar, processed food, dairy and trans fats.. and replacing the bad stuff with the good stuff…with unadulturated and organic vegetables and fruits.
    (and i still wonder..if this is correct.. why God did not make broccoli taste like chocolate!)
    And to make matters worse- it is much easier said than done… Believe me, I have been trying for years. Just when you think you know what makes sense, someone else makes a conflicting, but of course, scientifically-backed, point.
    sigh

  18. Yvonne says:

    Thanks for the great article Kevin. My approach is to keep an open mind, just because something works for me doesn’t mean its right for everyone. Personally, I don’t feel good about eating meat and don’t eat very much cooked food, but most of the people I know do, and that’s ok. What I think is important is to eliminate the junk/processed foods and eat organic, whole, fresh foods, get a good nights sleep, exercise and control the stress levels, and smile a lot!! :)

  19. Beverly says:

    Love learning all this we have to find our own way sometimes and what works for one may not for someone else even in same family that is why I take adult stem cell nutrition http://jdimlm.com/miracles it helps our body to work for us God Bless

  20. Rheta says:

    Thanks. Really, from the bottom of my heart, Kevin, thanks. I am so confused about what to eat and what not to eat that I am in constant anxiety. And I know THAT can’t be good. It helped me today to read your thoughts. Maybe, like Barb, I’ll be a “flexitarian”.

  21. roni says:

    “Our anecdotes are shaky as well. The human experience is way to complex to be able to consistently identify and single out specific variables that cause illness.”

    One of the best, most honest sentences I’ve seen from anyone regarding health in quite a while.

    Actually, the WHOLE article was one that should be emailed to every ‘health guru’ that maligns, disregards, disrespects, and in other ways bludgeons others who don’t agree with their philosophy of health.

    ‘No one is as blind as the one who claims he can see’ (don’t recall whose quote that is, lol)

  22. roni says:

    Barb C, I like that: flexitarian! Has a nice ring to it!

    What worked for me food-wise in my 20′s, doesn’t work for me now. And what works now may not work in my 60′s.

    As Kevin said “It’d be a shame to stop learning and not have the answer for someone (that ‘someone’ may well be ourself!) in need — all because of my decision to be so narrow.”

  23. Aureole says:

    Awesome! It’s my birthday today and your rant was so in line with my thinking as well. I’ve been dealing with RA for 10 years now and have gotten so tired of obsessing about food. I still need to pay attention to it, or it really pays attention to me, but there are so many other great things in life. I haven’t pursued a degree in nutrition or naturopathy, though I could, because I’m not sure I actually love it, I just can’t live without it. I go down that rabbit hole with every flare up and sometimes make progress. But 10 years is a long time to obsess and I would really rather sing and dance! I hope you love what you do!

  24. Fantastic, Kevin, Fantastic! I imagine that I could go many directions in my comment, here, and I just may (but I will attempt to keep it of a reasonable length).

    The aspect that most impressed me was your “Open Mind = Healthy Mind” perspective throughout the article. I so resonate with that, concerning weight loss (and so many other subjects, too!).

    Because I am no stranger to the subject of weight loss, I would like to concur that there are many paths to that goal, and that individual differences (in physiological and psychological make-up, say) play a huge role in that differentiation.

    I would also like to propose that just because a given method of weight loss is successful, that is a different matter than that which is a truly “healthy” diet.

    DUH!!! My goodness! There I go, trying to sound all intellectual and all! That is so different from most of my YouTube videos! While I have some videos on the subject of weight loss, they don’t sound so bleeping serious. For example:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvoxV2f5OG8

    Keep up the great work, Kevin! YOU ROCK!!!

    Warren Freedlund

  25. Camala says:

    I agree wholeheartedly. I am contemplating visiting Pam Mac Donald (the Perfect Gene Diet) after hearing Wayne Dyer’s recommendation. anyone familiar with Apo E gene testing? Kevin I think she is in your area. danville,ca I would love to hear you interview her.

  26. Rebecca says:

    Thank you! I appreciate your honesty in opening up. It’s not always easy these days to be vulnerable. I have practiced different ways of eating on my own body and have realized it is not for everyone. I’m not judging!

  27. Sometimes I feel the more I learn the less I know. It’s difficult to define ONE way for everyone. Everyone is designed a little different, what works for one, doesn’t necessarily work for another. But what I believe I know for sure is our body must be 80% alkaline to prevent dis ease , so what ever we cosume we should all add fruit and vegetables to our diets, especially green leafies . And keep moving and deep breathing and avoid all processed food, and above all do what feels right for you,

  28. Chris Armstrong says:

    Keven, you are getting wiser, sometimes this is an age related thing, the longer we are here the more ideas and concepts we come to understand the more opportunity for our believe structure to expand. a closed mind prevents this growth. every human is a unique creature and requires a unique arrangement of variables,to acquire enough information to accomplish that knowledge takes a lot of years and understanding a lot of different ideas concepts, and theories, probably more than this life time. the joy is in the journey, for it is never ending. thank you for what you do, it is a valuable work, and you are appreciated.

  29. Ben Kenobi says:

    You have learned much young Jedi and you ask the right questions.

    You and your followers are very educated. To cut to the chase there is no definitive answer. There is no one diet. It is indeed all about education.

    Global warming or global cooling? Eggs are good or eggs are bad?

    Look at how we are made. We are omnivores. That is a good starting point. We all are made differently beyond that. I have sinus issues. That is a lot to do with my father. I smoke. That compounds the problem. I have back problems. Smoking further compounds that problem. I scrape most of the mold off the supermarket cheese because I am frugal. I don’t get sick unless it is because of sinuses. I am 48 and my sinuses are getting worse. I started a home businesses and I am about 10 lbs over my ideal weight. (165) I found that since I don’t have to answer to anyone I am able to drink a lot more beer than I ever imagined (another shlugg here)

    We learned growing up “everything in moderation” Do we need to drink half of our body weight in ounces of the purest water from that one Tibetan (s.p.?) spring?

    Well I’m thinking if you don’t drink water at all, one glass a day would be a good start. As long as it isn’t chlorinated city water to ensure prostate cancer and who knows what else if it does that.

    I have a lot of respect for what you do here Kevin and I really don’t expect this to be published but the main point I want to make is that it is all about common sense, using what you know, and always striving to learn more.

    I can indeed dance better after 5 or 6 as well.

  30. Dana Naylor says:

    I feel the same as Yvonne #9!

    What has worked wonders for me is Insulin regulation. Now that I only have grains about twice a week, only 1 fruit per day and eat 3 meals with no snacking, my blood sugar levels and weight have stabilized, and I have reduced my body fat. Although I choose to do this with a plant based, whole foods approach, it could also be effective for someone choosing a small amount of high quality meat.

  31. Susan says:

    Hang in there Kevin. I know how you feel. I often feel the same. However, we just have to keep on keeping on . . .

  32. Harlow says:

    Kevin
    A fantastic blog. I couldn’t agree with you more. I totally relate to so much of what you describe here; part of the reason for me why I’ve decided to study Nutritional Medicine. Hearing so many points of views just gets confusing and overwhelming. I’ve read Sally Fallon’s work and Campbell’s and honestly trying to decipher the info was a total head spin, and they’re just two examples of so many.
    You are certainly no goat, you are quite unique actually, not many people in the health and wellbeing industry are so open and balanced.
    Thank you for being so.

  33. Jenni McNabb says:

    Agree with everyone. Have felt this way lately as well! Thank you for the enlightening article and reminding us to keep an open mind…so true.

  34. Sarah says:

    Great article, Kevin. It is so easy to get confused by so much conflicting info on this quest for great health. But what it comes down to is what you’ve stated above – that everybody is different, and just because many thrive on raw vegan doesn’t mean that everybody will! We really do have to find out what works for us as individuals, and what really is universal (like processed foods are definitely not good for anyone!). I have to thank Dr. Mercola and some of the other experts you’ve interviewed for helping me to understand this. Thanks for your honesty and openness!

  35. Anne says:

    Well, a bit like you I’ve tried everything for my health and found that 25 years of being a Vegan nearly destroyed my health so it’s with enthusiasm and gutso now that I enjoy (really enjoy) free range grass fed rare steak a few times per week and eat organic chicken. I’ve pretty much eliminated grains from my diet (although might occasionally eat Quinoa or Buckwheat) and concentrate on good quality protein from both animal and plant source, plenty of steamed veggies (green mostly with some few carrots and beets in my salads) and some raw veggies (a huge salad every night with some sardines or fish in it. My symptoms of IBS have disappeared, I digest so much better and for the time being this diet suits me perfectly so yes one must be open to try and not be judgemental.
    Thanks Kev

  36. Kat says:

    I’ve been reading your blogs for some time now. Today I have gain even more respect for you. I too have tried many different diets in the search for the perfect diet for great health and longevity. I was convinced that going vegan was the best thing for everybody. ( yes, I developed a superiority complex). After 2 1/2 years, I noticed problems with my gums/teeth, and nails. The energy level that I originally felt had slid backwards. Started eating meat again, and everything returned to normal. After listening to all the conflicting info in your health summit (which was great by the way), I came away with – we are all different, and I don’t believe the same thing works for everyone. I am now seeing a homeopathic doctor who is guiding me by extensive blood test results. Some of the things he wanted me to do were very contrary to what I had thought. But I wanted to follow his advice for a while and see if it works for me. So far, the results have been great. My advice to everyone is FIGURE OUT WHAT WORKS FOR YOU, and be open minded. Don’t be judgmental of others. We are all on the journey of good health, but may need different roads to get there. I can’t help but reflect back on my grandmother’s life…..she lived to be 105 1/2 years old…in good health until the day she died. She lived on a dairy farm. Ate their own raised beef and chickens, grew and canned their own vegetables and made her own homemade bread. Made pie crusts with LARD!!!! So, basically ate organically grown vegetables and “clean” meat. Processed food rarely touched her tongue. They didn’t worry about what to eat or not eat back then, but were pretty self sufficient based on their lifestyle. I want to be like her ;)
    Thanks Kevin for your open mindedness and for sharing your journey!

  37. Pete says:

    Kev, thank you for being so honest and upfront, I have be involved in alternative health since it cured my wife after her 4th bout of cancer and was dying. She is still alive after 11 yrs and are helping others. Thank you again, Pete Munzell

  38. Maritza says:

    Kevin, this is your BEST article to date. Period. Honest and insightful, you hit several nails right on the head. I’ve been in Natural Healthcare for 20 years and have taken the time to study and read about (nevermind experiment with) several schools of thought on nutrition. This left my head spinning every time I stood firmly on a soapbox, only to be knocked off by the contradictions of the next expert. Now, I am no longer feeling deflated. Like you, I’ve begun to connect the dots and find some common ground in all sound nutritional advice: Find REAL food, make sure it’s CLEAN, limit carbohydrates, get good fats, drink plenty of clean water, move and breathe. Outside of these basics, we all have to find the “tweeks” that work best for our bodies.
    I love the way Michael Pollan sums it up: Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly Plants.
    Bravo, Kevin! You are a breath of fresh air.

  39. Diane says:

    Y
    I wonder if this is somewhat like the principle of uniqueness Donna Gates talks about in her Baby Boomer Diet. When I was 39 I became a vegan who ate fish. Yes, I know contradictory. I was, as my husband ofte describes my eating explorations- somewhat fanatical. That lasted about six years. Then I went through a “what the he’ll” stage, which just made me feel crappier and crappier. Today at 51 I have a food/health philosophy that steals shamelessly from others whom I’ve read

    Eat food
    Not too much
    Mostly plants
    Include fermented
    Set with presence

    I so agree with kevins statement about getting rid of the processed food as the biggest difference maker. I suppose others would still see me as fanatical because I don’t eat flour products, sugar, no stimulants including chocolate, con alcohol, no dairy (well some goat, kefir or sure) little meat,

    Today I understand how unique we all are and even that our own bodies CFO through changes and need different things. I love reading, learning and trying, and my thou shalt nots have changed into I choose what supports my health, and I’m a work in progress!

  40. Velda says:

    Thank you Kevin for such an incredible blog. You are such a unique person and such a benefit to this industry!! I too like Jonny Bowden. In fact, I get his news letters. I think he has a lot of good information.

    I, first, like to do what is healthy. To me, that means no processed foods, and if I eat meat, I make sure it is grass fed with no hormones, antibiotics, and not fed GMO corn. Limit my grains. Most of my life I have struggled with my weight (I am 64 years old). About 6 years ago, I started on Isagenix and went from someone who was over weight, had some major health issue, to someone who lot weight easily and restored my health ….. mostly.

    For some reason, about a year ago I began to put weight back on and I can’t quite figure out why. I still eat healthy. A couple of things I discovered is that I don’t do myself any favors when I fast for long periods of time. One time I had a blood test on day 5 of a water fast. The results came back that some of my readings were too high, and that I was starving to death. I still fast, just not for more than a couple of days.

    I also have lipomas so that tells me my liver is not working well. I do a lot of whole-body cleansing (on a celular level) and apparently my liver is not able to handle the toxins that pass through, so I develop lipomas. I am trying to do coffee enemas and other things that will help my liver – such as taking milk thistle. Also, I have your book “Cultured” and want to start fermenting my own foods. While many of my health issues have been resolved through eating healthy foods, the liver still needs work :). Also, most of my life I have been under a tremendous amount of stress. I am getting that under control also. However, from the things I have learned, I believe that my weight issue is due in part to the stress for way to many years.

    I believe that people need to gather information, sort through it, and see what gives them the best health. It would be nice, if losing weight were as easy as some of the “experts” tell you – but for me, it just isn’t. But, my number one goal is health, and hopefully the weight will once again begin to come off.

    Thanks again, Kevin, for sharing such great insight. You are going to make a wonderful Dad!!!!

  41. Annette says:

    Yes, we are truly all different. I guess what gets me sometimes is that people will say, ” I can’t have that.” etc. Really, it comes down to choice because it just might not be good for that person’s system.
    Even the Bible says to stop drinking only water and use a little wine for the stomach. It would take me some time to look it up lol but what I think is funny is that someone might say that wine isn’t good for you.
    Don’t you think discernment is what we all need?
    I like the above comments by Kat who’s grandmother ate all those things that many wouldn’t even think of eating now.
    I find that avoiding the processed foods really helps (and I’m a sweet tooth) so I still choose those things that aren’t so beneficial for me. I don’t get wrinkles over it though because I’m much better at choosing the balance of things.
    Judgement: that’s difficult. Encouragement is better and that’s what I appreciate about you,Kevin.
    Thanks everyone too, for your comments. I learn from you all.:)

  42. Kevin, You are amazing! I came to pretty much the same basic conclusions after tons of research and years of experimentation myself. I am so impressed with all of the valuable information you provide for your readers and am grateful to you. Keep up the good work!

  43. Linda says:

    One word for you Kevin “RESPECT!!!”

  44. Linda says:

    I feel your pain Kevin! Everyone is indeed different, and what works for one doesn’t work for all, that much I do know.

    I try to avoid sugar, grains, especially gluten-containing, and most vegetable oils except organic, extra-virgin olive, and coconut oils. I lean towards paleo with more emphasis on veggies, and any meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy I eat are local and pasture-raised. I choose veggies over fruit most of the time, grow a lot of our veggies, and avoid processed foods like the plague, including organic. Just about everything I eat is made from scratch from whole, clean, nutrient-dense ingredients, some cooked, some raw.

    With so many dietary choices, it can be pretty confusing and frustrating at times. But when you think about it, that’s kind of a blessing considering how many people on the planet are malnourished or starving. It’s really quite a luxury to have such a dizzying array of choices. Whatever our personal choices, fanaticism, judgmentalism, and attacks on other people’s choices are sure to lead to stress, which isn’t good for anyone’s health.

  45. Tracy says:

    Thanks, Kevin! I had a huge sigh of relief reading this article. For so long, I have chopped and changed what I believed was the “healthiest” way to eat…having information overload many times…I’d have my husband try all sorts with me as well! Poor guy!! Lol! I would take the all or nothing approach instead of a rounded balanced view. Thanks for posting this and for reminding me to be open minded to what is right for the individual.

  46. hubert says:

    Hi Kevin,

    Wonderful blog. Inspires me to write something again.
    You say you have been gathering data hoping that one day your mind will eventually sort out some answers “so that I don’t have to pull my hair out about getting my EFAs from fish, algae or sacha inchi oil any more or trying to figure out what percentage of fat, protein and carbohydrate is best for everyone.”
    There is no animal on the planet that does that. They follow their food instinct. We also have that but it’s pretty messed up and weakened by getting addicted to foods that are to good to be true. And that’s the reason we have to use our brain: to get back to health so we don’t have to think about food anymore. With our brain we have to start seeing that processed food is addictive and eventually has to disappear from our choices.

    You also say: “I find myself gathering data that I don’t know how to process.” That is because more or less everybody is still thinking in an old paradigm. The paradigm that man can figure the basic things of life out with his brain. We cannot. We have billion year old instincts that are perfect for that and that we have to give back control over the essentials of our life: birth, upbringing, relationships, movement, sleep, food. In this case: digestion and health are way too complicated to be able to be controlled by the brain.

    You are doing an incredible good job in helping others how to figure out to get back on track again, including me. And the way back is different for everybody, not because we are so different but because we al have been damaged differently. Eventually, once we get back to health, which is way beyond of what we are used to now, the basics of what humans are supposed to eat will be very similar and will be determined by our food instinct which will then function way beyond what it can do for us with today’s choices.

    I wrote a book about this paradigm but unfortunately it’s in Dutch. Hope to get it translated into English one day :-)

  47. Danny says:

    I really like your attitude towards health and diet. From what I have heard,read and experienced, it seems that there are a few basic rules, as you said, that are quite clear – we need to stay away from all the processed stuff as much as possible – white sugar, white flour and so on – basically everything that comes wrapped in something:) – and a few more things…
    Aside from that – it becomes much more of a personal issue, and everyone must find their own path, which fits their physical constitution (and maybe ethical one as well).
    Personally, I am currently almost completely vegan, and probably 80% raw, but I feel that everyone needs to find what is best for them.

  48. Kristin says:

    THANK YOU! For being so true and honest! This article just proves that you guys are the real thing and not obsessed with one truth, but evolving as you gain experience and knowledge. You daily inspire people around the world to live a better life. Keep up the good work!

  49. Leena Nortamo says:

    I believe in gathering information, trying what seems interesting and trusting your own body. I am now 63 years old and tried many diets. They did not work. I have always been interested in health and have read a lot. Things that have made sense I have tried. Sometimes with a good result, sometimes not.
    I know today what is good for me and when I have eaten right I feel good, light an enegetic after a meal. My hair, nails, body are strong and healthy.
    I put a lot of interest in the quality of the food, do my own cooking. Organic vegetables and fruit.
    We are individuals. One diet cannot suit everyone.

    I agree with the three things you wrote but there is one thing I want to add to your list. The mental part. Stress causes a lot of trouble in your body. In my case the weight I put on did not leave till the stressfull situation was solved. It did not matter what I did. I work with my mind every day since about 4 yars and this has been the missing part all along.
    If you are interested in this you could have a look at mindfullness. Meditation is also good. Trust that things that come across your path can be of interest to you. I believe in things happening FOR me.
    Also beeing true to myself. When I fail myself it has effect on me.

  50. Annette says:

    Thanks once again for your honesty in sharing your struggles :)

    The older I get, the more I realise that health is a journey and on that journey, there will be times that certain things will be necessary for health at that particular time. Other times, other things will be necessary – hence we see the success of the vegan diet for some at certain times in their journey, the paleo diet for some at certain times etc etc.

    The stress that dogma creates is one of the most unhealthy states we can place our bodies in…possible even more so than poor food choices!

    But I think that you hit the nail on the head in a previous post Kevin…..that perhaps it’s more what we exclude from our diet that creates health, rather than whether we include things like animal products, or whether we eat cooked food.

    Life is a journey and so is our health. One thing I do know for sure though, is that if you eat like the masses do, you will be frequenting the doctor’s office and lining the pockets of the pharmaceutical companies!

    Keep writing Kevin!

  51. Ditto to all those who commented that this is a great article!!! Seems to me that accepting diversity is a key to many areas in life, not just diet. (We don’t have to be “the only” right!) I am curious as to whether anyone out there is following the “Eat Right for Your Type” way of eating. The book by Peter D’Adamo details 4 different diets for the 4 different blood types, listing foods for each type in 3 different categories: highly beneficial, neutral,and avoid. It explains why one person can totally benefit from something that seems harmful to another. I have been following it for several months and feel very well. I think it’s worth looking into. Thanks, Kevin, for being open-minded, down to earth and just plain personable. I would love to meet you and Annmarie, but with 110,000 friends that could be tough. :)) Besides, I’m moving to Yap (Federated States of Micronesia) and I don’t foresee any health seminars being offered there any time soon. But if you want to dive with the manta ray, come on down!!!

  52. Chantale says:

    Great article and great response from everyone. I just love that we are all on this amazing journey to find love within ourselves and flow with life :)
    I am still learning to trust my instincts and this is not only with food ;) I just love this article and it’s feedback, as we ALL are magnificent beings and we ALL learn from each other. Thank you ALL.
    Btw Hubert, what’s your book, as I am dutch and am interested in reading it :)

  53. Jonathan says:

    Interesting post. I like your attitude about not making premature conclusions about what is best for everyone.

    However, you must also consider that the Okinawans who are considered to have the best health as defined by disease-free longevity actually do eat processed foods such as white rice and sugar. There are some “Paleo” doctors that promote “safe starches” like white rice as the only “carbohydrates” that can be included in a healthy diet. Considering them the plague of modern diets might be overstated. So even this statement that “processed carbohydrates are the devil” seems a little exaggerated.

  54. Carachi says:

    How do you deal with conflicting health information?
    I try to use my gut feeling.

    Though I wish I would have had the opportunity you had with the “health debate” (that was not a debate):
    Then I would actually let them clash and see what came out of it.

    Then you might also not have gotten sick from the experience.

    I can understand it was upsetting to “keeping ones tung” (cowardly) letting them have their usual sell talk without challenging them at all. But this just deepens my reaction to the event when it was: the set up was all but a debate.
    A debate that would have been SO clarifying in many parts.

  55. hubert says:

    At Chantalle (#28),

    My book has a website which is also the title of the book. You can find all the information there.
    http://www.HetNatuurlijkeEnHetOnnatuurlijke.nl

    Groetjes,
    Huub.

  56. Rocio says:

    love the post, and loving every bodies’ responses! Thank you.
    Maybe is the “daddy to be” wisdom ;)..”..love me enough to love YOU just the way you are today!..that is my line for today.

  57. Marian says:

    Kevin,

    I was contemplating this very thing this morning. NOT what diet (or ideology, way of thinking, etc.) was RIGHT, but how the heck can I STOP thinking whatever (new and ever-changing) opinions I have are SUPERIOR to others’ beliefs. If I can finally switch my pea brain to being really accepting of others, I may finally find the last piece of the puzzle to glowing health and happiness. It’s not so much my search for the perfect way to live my own life that I need right now, but the ability to let others go down completely different paths.

    Your expression of this very search may be why I continue to get your newsletters and read them with such interest. Your heart is in a good place and I love your desire for an open mind.

  58. Marge says:

    I agree that people are different in different ways, but what I have learned about nutrition over the last 35 years is this:

    Nutrition is species specific.

    Every species has a natural diet that is specific for that species.

  59. Michele says:

    This synopsis is just what I needed to read. I also have read voraciously about health & nutrition; have mostly been vegetarian plus dairy & fish; have been confused about what my children need; and recently was reminded (also at a Tony Robbins four-day event) to eliminate dairy & return to a basic diet of greens, fruit & non-animal protein sources. Tired of fighting my husband and trying to convince most people around me of a better way to eat, Kevin’s views have helped me to put down my weapons and accept other eating styles.
    Thank you Kevin, when my family wakes today there will be a new me!

  60. Samuel says:

    Greetings Kevin
    It is the coming of wisdom
    with the loss of our tunnel vision.
    But, clearly we need to be knowledgeable and selective in what we place in our mouth.
    Our bodies are magical and miraculous in their divine construction and certainly require. conscientious eating.

    Enjoyed your article.
    Thank You
    Samuel Thomas

  61. L1Z says:

    Hi Kevin! Brilliant article. I am glad you wrote it, since there is no way I could follow you into eating an exclusively raw diet.
    My slimming experiences of the last year were really strange. I am hypothyroid, so I put on weight much too easily, and was getting much too heavy for comfort. I started by trying a cactus remedy, carraluma fimbriata, imported from California. This brought me out in red blotches, even while I lost weight, so I switched to the French Dukan diet, and ate a lot of protein with some pickled vegetables, and very little carbohydrate. It’s a graduated diet, so I followed this through the various stages and continued losing weight. However by now the red blotches on my legs and hands were fast developing into weeping sores, and very itchy. My family doctor couldn’t offer a diagnosis. In despair I stopped this diet too, and went to a private nutritionist. She put me on a Candida diet – no dairy, no gluten, no sugar, no vinegar or pickles, no alcohol, no mushrooms, no yeast.
    I kept losing weight. I lost about 30 pounds, and then stopped. Very slowly the itching has reduced and the sores have become merely shadows. After a year, I still cannot go back on a ‘normal’ diet without threat of bringing back the itching rash. And I make sure to eat simple de-toxifying foods.
    I thought maybe the herbal cactus remedy was contaminated with poison oak, that the condition was worsened by eating lots of vinegar with my proteins, and that the whole episode upset the balance in the gut and caused candidiasis.
    As regards healing, or achieving a health goal, I have been taught that what actually works is also affected in a major way by the attitude and beliefs of the patient/client being treated as well as their own metabolism.

  62. Ralph DeWolf says:

    Great article Kevin!
    I have experimented for about 25 years and there are a few basics that work for everyone:
    1) Avoid sugar
    2) Avoid processed foods
    3) Avoid pesticides, herbicides
    4) Avoid artificial flavoring and other chemical additives
    5) Reduce all meats, not necessarily eliminate and any meat you use should be from grass fed cows, organic and free range chickens.
    6) Eat large amounts of vegetables mostly in its raw state, but not all.
    7) Don’t eliminate all saturated fats, because your brain needs it. Read “Stop Alzheimer’s now”

    Beyond that, you need to experiment. 20 Years ago I was on a non gluten diet for about a year due to absorption issues with vitamin B and intestinal candida. Now I am doing fine with a limited amount whole grain breads.

    So, follow the basics and experiment all in moderation.

  63. I’m a big advocate for eating mostly raw food. I agree that everyone is different, and what works for someone might not work for someone else, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think some “diets” are better than others. To me, raw foodism isn’t even a diet. It’s more a lifestyle. It changed my life in many different aspects and I know others can experience the same benefits. I have my own raw food review blog at http://rawfoodland.com. Check it out if you are interested in going raw. I hope this helps.

  64. Cheryl says:

    Take the information given to you and keep an open mind. If you are familiar with the subject at hand. you can make an educated decision.

  65. Lester says:

    All these diet questions could have been solved if my dad was asked for advice. Before World War II my dad lived on a “poor” farm in Eastern Europe and no one in his town had a weight problem. All were thin and ate just enough non-processed food to keep them alive and able to work their small fields. Sweets were a treat only during major religious holidays. Limited consumption of dairy products, bread, pork fat, a meager amount of meat plus fermented cabbage and fruit preserves were the major staples. Although the residents didn’t have a lifespan equivalent to today’s, they didn’t die from heart disease and diabetes wasn’t known. I’ve been trying to replicate his “old” lifestyle for years and it seems to work well for me. Unfortunately, I don’t do enough physical work and am not as vigorous at age 60 as my dad was at age 80.

  66. Rebecca says:

    Bonjour! LOVE you site but…you always talk about LOSING weight, what about a post for someone looking to GAIN weight, but in a healthy way? Any advice from you or you doctor friends? Merci beaucoup!

  67. Kurt says:

    How to deal with conflicting health info?

    About 10 years ago I started looking for a diet that I could live with for the next several decades (I was 57). Toward that goal I went indirectly from the then “popular” South Beach to Paleo where explanations were more common and better grounded. Eventually, I read Dr Loren Cordain’s work (no salt, no sugar, no grains, no legumes, no dairy) where his explanations involved anthropology, archaeology, and biochemistry. That convinced me to do it, and how to make it work.

    The first week I lost four pounds (most people lose weight with it) and then with deliberate balancing and seasoning regained (I have always been underweight). In two weeks I noticed that all of my allergies were gone, and I felt great. Later, I determined that my worst allergy is to wheat.

    Since then I gradually resumed consuming a little sea salt, quinoa, oatmeal, yogurt (Greek, full fat), molasses, honey, cheese, dried beans and bean sprouts. I still get no processed foods, and buy organics when available. It’s still basically Paleo, but not so strict, and more raw. In addition I have added a few supplements as a result of seeking prevention or remedy of a condition.

    The bottom line of this long answer is that each of my dietary changes has been because I looked for explanations grounded in history, science, and logic. And each change was a controlled experiment to see how my body reacted.

  68. nina says:

    “Flexitarian”! I love that!
    I think that describes me to a “T”.
    Thanks, Barb.

    Kevin – you are very young and have a long, long way to go (hopefully). Just think how bored you will be if you don’t keep exploring, filtering info, moving forward, etc.

    Just keep up the good work, but by all means, don’t let it stress you so!

  69. I really like this post Kevin. I think it’s one of your best yet. Really deep, honest and open. And I think many of us can relate to you on this subject. It’s great to see this vulnerable side of you. :)

    I think we all struggle with making the “right” choices and worry over what is really right. The main message I got from your post is, we should try not stressing over it, because at the end of the day, that will do no good.

  70. Wanda says:

    Kevin!
    This is AWESOME. And so time appropriate! My daughter and I have been having this same conversation recently….we have both always been “all or nothing” people….and she recently told me that she is starting to understand that you can mix and match information to fit YOUR needs. WOW! New concept for me…and here you are talking about the very same thing. Recently I have read James D’Adamo’s Just an Ounce of Prevention (blood typing), and now I am reading William Davis’ Wheat Belly. And both of these reads make so much sense to me!

    Thank you for your open mindedness….because many (including myself) respect your opinion so much.

    Great job Kevin!!

  71. Cassandra says:

    Well, for me, it matters absolutely not what diet one eats if one has not dealt with the underlying core beliefs and issues that cause any sort of disease or obesity in a person. Anything else is torture for most, regardless of the diet. Eating things like processed food and sugar is simply a symptom in my book. Something is keeping that person from wanting -subconsciously- good health despite what their conscious really really wants. This why some diets work for some and not for others and some can’t get any diet to work. We are all unique and have unique configurations even when it comes to food. Pedantry only adds fuel to the fire of discord in the world. If we acknowledge, accept and love all those around us, it helps find out what is right for us as well as helps those around us find what is right for them. Getting heart cramps over what someone else is eating is totally non-productive and damaging to all involved. Instead let us recognize the diversity in all of us and have fun loving and accepting each other! Kevin, keep up the good work and keep on having brain shifts! :D
    Love and asparagus from Germany!

  72. Katherine says:

    Great article, ‘flexitarian’ sounds a great way to go. As I have type 1 diabetes I have struggled to find the right path, I’m still an experiment in progress! Your articles are informative of this process and always give food for thought, thank you.

  73. Denise says:

    Yes! As I read your article, everything in my Being said YES! We’re such a diverse bunch – humanity…How can one approach possibly address the needs of each unique one of us. Thanks, Kevin, for being a light helping me and so many others to find a way of health.

  74. Tara Burner says:

    great post (as always)
    as for me…I do what I feel is right for ME

  75. Jean says:

    Kevin, this is one of the reasons I love you and Annmarie — you are forthcoming, honest and committed to making people’s lives the best they can be. Thank you for your open hearts and good heads.

  76. I am going to answer the header question; Which was to lose weight is right?

    The one that works for the INDIVIDUAL person, as long as its thru healthy eating (whatever constitutes that) and exercise.

    And it IS as easy as that.

    Kevin mention elimination, so I want to mention the ‘concept’ of Including – Start ‘becoming’ healthy by not removing all the shit you like so much (but thats bad for you), but adding greens and other things. Eventually you will naturally transition into healthy habits.

    But, we’ve talked about this numerous times before :D

    Disclaimer: I went vegan straight up so I never felt the trials and tribulations of transitioning, but all I can say is that the ‘health journey’ is as rewarding as any goal/target.

  77. sunshine says:

    I too was once vegan/raw foodist until I became sluggish and starting having issues. It was so hard to change the diet I was being stubborn. But I have since learned to listen to my body and watch for cues. I have added grass fed meat back into my diet and healthy cooked foods and feel so much better. We are all different and what works for one doesn’t work for another. We are constantly learning and changing – it’s a journey!

  78. Stanzi says:

    Hallelujah Kevin!

    You are supported 100% (at least by me).

    What a ride, right? Health is a journey, not a destination.

    Our bio-individual needs change throughout our lives, so of course our diets need to change with that.

    After over 5 years on a raw foods diet, 2 pregnancies and 6 years of breastfeeding, I was depleted in every way possible. Raw foods did not save me this time as it did from my cystic acne, asthma and candida. I needed something else.

    It took over a year, but my diet expanded to include animal products and the change in my body and mind are huge. I’m strong again. Vibrant.

    Raw Foods are a wonderful way to cleanse the body of accumulated waste and toxins and free it of dis-ease. But as a long-term sustainable diet? I’m not convinced. For some yes, but most no.

    Kudos to you. By speaking openly about this, you are helping so many others do so as well. We simply need to do what’s best for ourselves as individuals. And that’s different for each of us.
    xoxo
    Stanzi

  79. Betina Axil says:

    Such a relief to read this post – glad you didn´t delete it :) I have just downloaded a lecture with Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez (from your cancer summit). He knows so much about metabolic typing and the fact that people need different diets according to their nervous system. I would love if you could interview him and other experts on this matter. Thank you so much for yur great work!

  80. Joany Lawrence says:

    Everyone looks different. Everyone speaks differently. Everyone thinks differently, etc. etc. The trick for me is to stay in touch and in tune with my body and the possible changes it goes through at different times thus requiring a tweaking of my diet. I am a meat eater and a raw milk drinker. I dink raw milk with coconut milk, yogurt, cinnamon and whey at least once every day. I love it. I feel great. I never get sick. I eat organic beef and organic veggies which are the mainstay of my diet. Also I do eat a little organic fruit but not too much due to sugar, even fructose,seems to bother me.

  81. samantha says:

    Bravo! Amen! Hallelujah! Just the mere thought of Campbell vs. Fallon puts me into a bonafide panic attack!! It becomes so overwhelming that I often become disoriented, say !*#@ it, and head to “Krispy Kreme” (sad, but true). Thank you, Kevin, & above & beyond kudos to you!!!

  82. kat says:

    Another great article! I gave up my food dogma a 5 or 6 years ago during a 92 day juice fast. It was amazing, I actually cooked meat for others to enjoy. All of whom were shocked, but in that state of complete happiness I understood from a profound state my path is my path and that’s all it is. And so as I juiced my way back to better health my heart opened and I could let go of my dogma. I doubt I’ll ever go back to eating meat. But will remember forever the huge mounds of meatloaf surrounded by roasted vegetables that I prepared and infused with love for the men and women who were staying at our shelter. I was literally dancing around the kitchen, preparing a hearty salad to go with it. And they ate it up. They ate it even though some of them had formerly refused to eat fresh veggies because they considered them dirty [they grow in the ground]. But something shifted that day and it was a beautiful thing. Truth, the best way to lose weight or any other thing is the way that works best for you. Some times we just need to get out of our own way to find it.

  83. Lise says:

    I am a fitness consultant and work in a city run facility. I teach fitness classes, do body composition analysis and fitness programs as well as nutrition counseling. My approach for many years now has been one of “you have to find what works for you”. I also like to read and have quite an extensive library of nutrition, health and exercise books and videos. I try to give my clients one specific thing to work on and then encourage them to explore and experiment. I offer suggestions and ideas but nothing firm and concrete. I personally eat vegan at times, raw quite often, I juice and dehydrate, eat for my blood type and watch food pairing most of the time and it works for me. I love to try new recipes and I have some never tried before items in the dehydrator that I prepared this morning. Keep up the good work Kevin. I enjoy reading all of your posts.

  84. Ugo says:

    In my opinon, people become entrenched in belief “systems” whereby they adopt a mindset about something and even though there may be “holes” in that belief system, they defend it defiantly. It clearly revolves around egocentricity.

    Diet belefs are similar. Once people begin hearing of a new, latest, greatest diet, there are a plethora of followers, needy and leaderless willing to “convert” to the new diet religion.

    Then they’ll begin to espouse their new-found wisdom to whomever happens to sit beside them. If/when the listener opposes that belief the self-appointed diet guru takes it personally and nothing of value is exchanged.

    Billions of dollars are made in some new fad diet, each with a cornucopia of “studies” and anecdotal experiences to share with the gullible masses.

    But what if we approached diet (and other topics) with humility, as in “I don’t know but I am willing to learn” kinda mindset? It’s why I liked your post because it speaks of allowing oneself to be open-minded, especially about the fact that maybe… just maybe… not everything we read/hear is true nor will it work for you or me….. or, thatwe might be wrong.

    I have heard of poeple who can’t touch dairy, who drank whole unpasteurized milk with no ill effect. So there are many contradictions and many out there with exploitative agendas.

    Research things for yourself, play devil’s advocate to your own beliefs and make intelligent decisions/take risks in accordance with an educated opinion.

    I commend your work.
    cheers :)

  85. Kristine says:

    Thank you Kevin for your honesty. Each of us has to make our own way and we should respect that. I, too, follow what J.B. writes, not to lose weight, but to learn what the latest thinking in the nutritional science community. And like you, Kev, I follow mostly a high raw diet which seems to work for me. I juice every day because I tend to run a bit acidic. I am very physically active so I make sure I get protein from clean sources, no cow products (goat yogurt and kefir is allowable in my house), gluten- free, etc. But I am gentle with myself and others. To paraphrase Michael Pollan, if your grandmother wouldn’t have recognized it as food, you probably shouldn’t either…

  86. Suzanne says:

    Hi Kevin–Me, too! This is why I love (and trust) you! You are a true scientist (not dogmatist), are curious, open-minded, and are brave enough to change your mind. I, too, can see that there are traditional people all over the world who thrive with widely varying diets (and almost all include at least small amounts of animal products). Finding the universals (e.g., no processed foods, pesticides, etc.) can be a useful way to go. Thanks for your thoughtfulness!

  87. Margie Holman says:

    I enjoyed your comments. We are all different. My daughter reacts to several foods I do not and vica versa. One med or diet or regime does not fit all, for sure. But I have a hard time getting doctors to respect the fact that I am allergic to practically all meds! They prescribe them anyway. ARRGGHH. I am almost 89 years old and never had a single med, even OTC, for over 52 years! I am now walking painfully due to an arthritic hip, but will not take pain meds. Just grimace and bear it, you might say. At least all my organs are healthy! Good luck in all you do. Margie ^o^

  88. Mateus says:

    Great article! As I always tell my patients: Moderation is always good, and radicalism always bad! That’s in every aspect of life!

    Take care.

  89. Irene says:

    Loved the article! We are constantly learning and in the field of nutrition as well as any other, a new discovery can show us we have to relearn yet again. One size doesn’t fit all in diets, I think that theory is fairly safe. I have found that the natural things I have always craved are actually/probably what my body needs; lots of raw veggies, fruits and berries, nuts and (thank goodness) raw, organic chocolate! I think it’s great you offered your take on this. I like that the nutritionists I read and study are willing to say frankly what they agree with and don’t agree with. It helps in the discerning process. We are helping each other learn, aren’t we? Because what is advertised and what is taught…..I believe more people are awakening from the lies. Good health to all!

  90. Marilyn says:

    Thanks for your courage to write this post Kevin. Many times people in the Natural Health industry can be quite strident in their views. I think using common sense and a balanced approach is what’s best.
    I agree that cutting out sugar and cutting back on white flour products and processed food is a common theme across many diets.
    I don’t eat meat or dairy and don’t have a problem with others who do.
    I like to use herbs in my food as it enhances the taste and is good for our health on many levels. A balance of raw and cooked food utilizing herbs with very little processed foods and white flour products is the best approach from my perspective.

  91. Hannah says:

    Thank you for sharing this honest and open post. I too have been trying to find ‘the’ answer to the diet question for years and have only recently found MY answer. We all use the resources of this Earth to exist. Judgement and dogmatic opinions show fear and insecurity. As long as we live our lives as best we can- with love and an open mind- we can’t go wrong.

  92. june says:

    Thanks for your honesty Kevin! And, thanks to Barb — Flexitarian. I feel better already.

  93. Atsuko Bold says:

    Hi, Kevin. You are the most reliable sourse of my healthy living information. I really like your approach to the quest of healty life. I have been vegetarian for more than 15years and the last several years trying to be vigan. But I am not doing strictly, because occationally I eat fish. All I have learned in my life so far about dieting is all kind of diet is good for some part and the other is not, or good for some people and not for the other people. One of my measure of judgement to a new diet is to see the person who promote that diet. If he lives long and healthy, the diet must be good. My mother, meat eater but prefer to fish, don’t have milk or chees and like typical Japanese home cooking(not like the ones restaurants serve)using seasonal food, is 90 years old and still healthy and managing her business perfectly. Since I was a little she always says to me to eat vegetables, especially dark colour ones, eat sew weed, miso, natto(fermented soy beans)all taditional Japanses food and you have to laugh every day. There is no scientific data at all. But I think it worth to listen to her.
    Regarding body of type, once I was told that depending on blood type there were beneficial food and non-beneficial ones. For example, for blood type A, meat is not beneficial, vegetable is good, therfore vegetarian diet is good for them. Contrarily, for blood type O, foundametaly meat is beneficiall food but not many fruits. Therfore vegetarian diet is not good for them. I don’t know about blood type AB or B. But very interesting theory and some sort of extent I can believe this. Is there anybody know this theory more?
    Finaly, Thank you, Kevin and all his staff. You are doing great job for people wanting healthy living. I followed many diet in my life and when I bacame 50 years old I realised that nobody knows the RIGHT or BEST diet at all. An important thing is you have to listen to your own body, your body never lie to you.

  94. Maureen says:

    Great article! I’m 68 years old and over the years I’ve tried a number of different eating styles and have had varying success with all of the ones I’ve incorporated into my life. I started out with Adele Davis in my twenties and took tons of supplements, ate meat, lots of whole wheat bread and nothing processed. It worked like charm for a time. I started getting brown spots on my chest so I stopped. Cleanses weren’t well known back then and, had I done one, maybe I could have continued and done well. Then I tried macrobiotics and another “Wow!” Lost tons of weight but was tied to my stove. After five years I decided to have a life outside my kitchen. Tried vegetarian, vegan and now a blend of the others with raw. They all have their pluses. Bottom line for me, listen to your body. It will tell you what you need. Even your cravings are telling you something if you get really good at listening. I’m in pretty good shape for an old broad. Not on any meds and exercise about 3 times a week. Everyone’s body needs are different. I found that when I eat what has life force and I am better off.

  95. Kathy says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Kevin (& AnneMarie), welcome to the “real” world.

    I recently decided the necessary part of any answer is — “It Depends”!

  96. Joanna says:

    As someone who is a health professional, while I agree that there is much information that is contradictory out there in the world of nutrition, I have to say that I am extremely shocked and disappointed to hear you say that you think it’s good for some people to eat meat and dairy. There are clearly many more compelling reasons to not eat animal products beyond the good it does for our health (and I believe in any case, that with the right balance and right supplements, a vegan diet is best for EVERYone – we are just not that different biologically – but one vegan may have a totally different diet and health issues from another, and that is why you can’t draw generalizations.) What people DON’T need is more excuses to keep eating meat and dairy – it’s unquestionably destroying our planet faster than any other factor – and what could possibly be more important than that? People DON’T buy their meat from the farmer next door – they buy it from all the planet-raping factory farms which are of course also EXTREMELY cruel to animals.
    I’m sorry, Kevin, but I won’t be listening to YOU anymore.

  97. Dude, right on the money. I quit blogging a couple of years ago for a number of reasons but mostly because I simply didn’t know what to say anymore. Everything works, yet nothing works.

    it comes down to “what works for you” and each of us in such a unique position… geographically (food availability, climate), genetically (Norwegian, Russian, samoan), our emotions, our body type and even our age (hormones).

    I’ve come to find that what worked when I was 22 is not working at 42.

    I quit blogging and coaching people on this because at my very core, i really didn’t know what was correct anymore.

    I literally switched gears and took on a different income stream while still researching and trying to understand how this body works.

    it IS NOT as cut and dried as everyone seems to think.

  98. luc says:

    I think it’s Michael Pollan that says “we are the only species that needs to be told what we should eat”. He also says eat food.

    I read the Blood Glucose Solution at your recommend, but for fun not because of diabetes. I like Dr Hyman’s rules:
    no sugar
    no flour
    no gluten
    no processed
    no alcohol
    no caffeine
    eat clean
    detoxify
    get proper nutritional supplements
    sweat
    relax
    live this way for 6 to 8 weeks and then see how you feel and adjust.

  99. um, Joanna… I DO by my meat from the farmer next door. I’ve been to his farm, seen how he raises his animals and understand his farming practices. I know for a fact that many people search out ethically raised animals. I’m also very aware of many long term vegans who return to eating meat as their health deteriorates on a vegan diet. Full disclosure… I was vegetarian for 12 years, vegan for 2.

    I truly enjoy varying opinions.. everyone has one. I love having my beliefs busted so that I may learn something new… I find that if my beliefs are challenged, I begin researching.

    No one diet, or way of eating is the end all be all for everyone.

  100. Kathy says:

    For those who commented on Blood type diet. I have used and worked with it since before the book came out.
    As a starting basic, I find that type O and B are very much on the mark. A and AB not so much.
    And like I said before “it depends” ultimately on each individual.
    How can one program work for everybody when there are so many factors
    Genetics
    Blood Type
    Metabolism
    Age & general health
    and so on…………
    And you need to be prepared to change your program over time as your situation changes.

  101. Lynda says:

    I really appreciated the message you sent with this posting. As a person who has struggled with my weight I have a knee jerk distrust reaction to any way of eating that presents itself as the holy grail because I have tried many, many things and “failed” at most of them. The biggest reason for the failure is conflicting information and strict regimens that I can’t maintain for a life time. I came to the conclusion months ago that I neeed to explore health and diet differently, looking at what is best for me but I don’t find much support for that on many sites. I am drawn to raw eating because it feels right for me but I also feel it is right for me to remain an ominvore without guilt or condemnation.

  102. Lynda says:

    In response to Joanna above…I think this shows exactly the problem I have had within the medical profession. Ultimately it is MY body and I have to make the choices that work best for me. I’m not going to be scared into not eating meat and dairy. I certainly have changed my eating habits regarding meat and dairy as I don’t like animals to suffer but I don’t have a compelling thought process that makes me think eating animals is wrong and I won’t be bullied into that thought process.

    Joanna did not say what her role is in the health profession but I can bet it intereferes with her working with people who don’t see things exactly as she does. Perhaps I’m more diplomatic about these things because I’m a mental health therapist and know that just because I think something is so does not make it so for the next person.

    We can always learn more. I’m more than willing to listen to all points of view and learn from other’s experiences as it will only make me better.

  103. Pamela says:

    Hi Kev, thank you for the great article. Thank you for sharing your frustrations, which I share. I have been “dieting” since the age of 10, that’s for 41 years, and all I have lost is 41 years. I have read all the data you have, and put it all into practice. If the diets have succeeded temporarily, they were too unbearable to stay on for too long a period, so they would ultimately fail. If they were palatable, such as Weight Watchers, then I become too obssessed with weighing food or counting points and my entire focus would be on food, and we all know that what we focus on grows, so there was no way to eat less when all I was doing was thinking of food. I tried fasts, juicing, cleanses,veganisam, vegetarianism, meat, not meat, detoxing, grapes only, master lemon cleanse, high protein, food combining, blood type, you name it I did it. I have read just about everything everyone has to say and I think I am now on the right track, so I would like to share what I am concluding. The way to lose weight is to firstly exercise for fifteen to thirty minutes a day of high intensity aerobic exercise, whether it be walking up a hill or doing a spin class. Listen to marching music during your workouts, it will increase your pace. The best way to diet: stick to eating fish but don’t bother with salmon unless it is not farmed salmon. Fresh sardines are sublime when grilled and after drizzled with some lemon juice. Eat plenty of green, purple, red and orange vegetables, one or two fruits a day. Eat free range non grain fed eggs, at least one a day – and the best way to eat them is have the yolk raw and cook the white of the egg (yolk in banana smoothies is fantastic), bananas are one of the lower sugar fruits, so I recommend a banana a day, very healthy. Only use extra virgin olive oil for salad dressings or to drizzle over grilled vegies,never cook with it. Tthe only oil you should cook with should be coconut oil. Lots of coconut oil in the diet helps weight loss and has many other health benefits, as I’m sure you already know. Stay away from dairy, unless you can get it raw and organic, and even then in moderation. Stay away from grains. Stay away from meat, unless you can get organic grass fed. Stay away from chicken unless you can get it free range, organic and grass fed. Cut out sugar and refined starch. Cut out gluten. If you are going to eat more than a banana a day for your fruit, stick to berries. Enjoy french fries, but instead of deep frying them, coat them with coconut oil and bake them. Best fries I’ve ever tasted. I like to cut them shoe string style. No salt. Use beneficial spices such as tumeric, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, ginger. Eat raw garlic and onions. Drink ice cold water on awakening, and plenty throughout the day. Shower in ice cold water, if possible, of just cold water, if not. Cut out hot showers. Get ample sleep. Take fish oil (krill) and a multi vitamin B supplement. If you follow these simple guidelines you will lose weight and your hormones will be more balanced and your skin will glow as never before and your mood will be more upbeat than you can remember. You will never feel hungry or deprived or crave anything. A tip for a sweet tooth, occasionally bake dates – they taste like tofees and if you put them in the freezer they become crunchy like candy! So your ideal day would be: half a liter of ice cold water, banana and egg yolk smoothie and if you want you can sweeten with a few dates or raisins or raw organic honey Lunch can be a green salad with a salad dressing of extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and the the egg white from your breakfast egg, cooked in a little coconut oil – add any spices you want, you can even curry them. Dinner should be a piece of fish, either baked or baked with coconut oil, and some lemon juice drizzled over it once it has been cooked, so you don’t lose the nutritional value of the lemons by heating, with a side of baked pumpkin or potatoes, or spinach, beetroot, or carrots. During the day if you feel the urge to snack, chew, hear that crunch, grab for a carrot. Hope that helps. Happy trails everyone – see you on the other side of misery! THIN!

  104. Cathy says:

    I love that you were vunerable and actually published this, in light of your chosen path for so long. I think you are spot on and it was truly refreshing to get a sense of your open mind concerning diets and health.
    I agree…not one thing works for every person. I have also taken the time recently to research all the different schools of thought and decide what is best for MY body.
    Kudos Kevin, really enjoyed this one!

  105. Erika says:

    WOW! THANK YOU, Kevin your are MAGNIFICENT for the world.
    SOOOOOO true ,keep open your heart to everyone. Love and appreciate your letter very much. Love, Erika

  106. John H. says:

    Kevin,

    I feel your post speaks to prudence and wisdom. We tend to want “CERTAINTY” (does Tony Robbins still teach about that?)so that we can hang our hat on something and “know it” for sure. But the deeper you go, the less there is to hang onto…except the UNCERTAINTY!:-)Kudos for realizing that there may NOT be any ONE fixed answer to diet, health, and almost any other subject we care to evaluate!:-)
    I like the idea of keeping an open mind…but don’t let your brain fall out!:-)
    Can you still help people with their health and wellness? Sure! Why not? But there is no need to “ATTACH” to the “belief” of one diet only…
    Finally, a philosopher once said: “Belief means not wanting to know what is true.”
    Perhaps the best “belief” to have is no belief at all… then everything is possible.
    Regards,
    John H
    medical doctor for 30 years

  107. Cam says:

    One of your best articles, with thoughts that I came to many years ago (68 years old at this current time); also think all the comments made are those of really ‘thinking’ folks. Cam

  108. Jim says:

    Swami Rama, one of the first Yoga Masters to teach in the west, and founder of the Himalayan Institute said it doesn’t matter what food you eat. It is more important what you are thinking while you eat. He would often visit the dinning room kitchen at the institute to make sure the cooks were preparing the meals with love and joy.

  109. christine says:

    Hi,

    I just want to chip in and say that not only did I enjoy your article but I have also enjoyed reading the comments from your readers. It is interesting to see where people are at in their thinking and to know I am not alone in my journey or in messing up at times and not eating a “perfect” diet – whatever that is.

    I am vegan at home for ethical reasons but if someone prepares a meal for me with love and its got dairy in the ingredients then I become vegetarian when eating out. I think it would be insulting to refuse to eat that meal over a dash of milk or a piece of cheese when it was prepared with the best of intentions. I have 2 dogs that are part of my family who eat meat so there are meat products in my house. Some may say I am a bit fickle in not being a strict vegan but any health benefits gained would be lost through stress if I take it all too seriously. This flexibility works for me. My health goal at present is to remove processed foods as much as possible from my diet – you know, the food that isnt food with ingredients hard to pronounce and lists of numbers.

  110. Pamela Weems says:

    Kevin,
    This sounds a LOT like Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo’s B4 BGone Program—which I am going through right now. Glucagon on, insulin off (or low), dopamine UP, identify your triggers and avoid them, and support through calls, teleseminars, and menu plans/ideas. It’s a wonderful program (and I imagine this one is too).

    Now…we just gotta get the insurance companies to stop insuring obese/diabetic/bloodpressure-thru-the-roof people unless they stick to programs like these…

  111. Anne Charlotte says:

    Wow wow wow! I was blown away by your article and alsoby reading all the comments! I have been reading and researching diet and healthmow for years to the point of obsession so I read volumes of material and and aseveryone else here can get so confused as to whom tobelieve! One thing not many have talked about…Which after all this reading is what Patrick Vickers ( he studied Gerson therapy and even got to see first hand the original Gerson writings in her garage) … He said this stunning statement to us:
    ” it does not matter at all if u r eating great foid, juicing and think u r doing everything right IF YOU DONT GET COLONICS AND DO COFFEE ENEMAS and enemas AND CLEANSE ALL THE BAD JUNK OUT”. Everyone sighed at the sAme time! He is right. After healing myself of asthma, psorriases, sinus, stomach problems and allergies etc i realize that the colonics and the Arise and Shine and Dr Natura cleanses and colonics SLOW FILL METHOD ONLY are the most important things to do for my health. After having regular consultations with Donna Gates of Body Ecology and Baby Boomer books, Miranda Castro, homeopathist author, i think Kevin is right that we all must HAVE AN OPEN MIND AND find out what works best for the individual as we all can learn from each other! I find that I want to be around people like all of you as my family thinks I am nuts! I spend hours and hours reading all of this and listening to Charlotte Gerson on utube and am going to buy kevins tapes with her because i want her to live forever and most of us do not realuze what a great treasure this woman is for us. We are so lucky to be able to learn from her. I feel so fortunate to have people like Kevin writing these amazing articles and angela and matt monarch and donna Gates and jonnny and Patricia Bragg and Norman Walker and the list goes on. We all must pass on this info and enlighten even one person per day to start taking charge of their own health. Thank you all for the responses.. Enjoyed reading about the grandma that lived to 105 on the farm. I remember drinking the raw milk on our horse and cattle farm and my mom canning all those fresh vegetables too. Thank you Kevin sooooo much!!! Anne Charlotte Palm Beach florida

  112. Francine says:

    I seldom add comments but I loved this column as well. I am a Flexitarian, as Barb C. would say, and have learned to be one by trial and error. I find that I need a new diet again now and your posts are helping me find the way toward what my body requires. Thanks, Kevin (and Annemarie), for all your hard work.

  113. Tammie says:

    Thanks, Kevin. We are all unique beings, comprised of common elements, and our own blend, as well, so how can ‘one shoe fit all?’
    I think it is important to eat foods of the highest vibration to uplift our total vibration, and at the same time it is important to listen and honor YOUR system….what do you need to operate at YOUR highest level? Your chemistry and physical make up will determine what that looks like. Judging other people isn’t ok, ever. Everyone is on their own journey and the only thing constant in life is change.

  114. Annie! says:

    Kevin,
    great article…I have been a vegetarian/vegan for many years and know that it works for me. And as a trainer, I know that what works for one will not work for another. People need to find out what works for them and most clients probably know more about diet than their trainer (sometimes!). It is a matter of discipline when it comes to food and eating right. I hated all the focus on me and my diet when I changed from a meat eater 27 years ago… everything that I ate was disected and talked about and to be quite honest made me not eat in front of people for a long time due to the stupid “attention ” and curiosity about my “freaky eating”.

  115. Derek says:

    A common trend I’m noticing lately is the more open-minded approach taken by various experts compared to even just a few years ago where there was much more opinionated debating.

    Perhaps a sign of the times with advancing information as it’s hard to be too dogmatic about this stuff when you realize there will always be credible information that conflicts with any viewpoint.

    At the end of the day to manage all of this conflict: it’s great when we can find and agree on the basics, take everything with a grain of salt, and realize stressing out over this stuff will do more harm than the actual things being debated will do.

  116. claire says:

    Dear Kevin,

    Out of 93 responses (including mine, and I read every word) you have 90 positive appreciative readers, 1 open negative and 2 more neutral. Most businesses would be ecstatic with those percentages. Bottom line,
    obviously you touched a lot of people, the dialog is a healthy one, I have learned from you and others and appreciate it all!

  117. claire says:

    LOL – by the time I read the entire blog you are now another +3 positive

  118. This is it Kevin, my exact outlook recently. I’ve in the last 7 years experimented with different diets, even dabbling in the raw food/vegan diet even though it was mostly forced.

    I’ve come to the conclusion that I cannot be a vegan nor a vegetarian – simply because where I’m originally from, trying to eat this way would have me starve to death or take a mortgage in order to keep nourished.

    Then I came to the conclusion I can eliminate all processed foods, prepare all my foods traditionally, only eat organic, grass fed animal products and I should be fine. And then last year I came across the WAPF way of eating and it made perfect sense to me – exactly what I was trying to do.

    I still love my raw foods. I love my green juices and smoothies. Love my cultured veggies. Love the occasional piece fruit or 3. And I also thoroughly feel good about my grass fed, organic, hormone and antibiotic free raw, cultured milk products, meat etc. I listen to my inner self. If my spirit says yes, I go for it. If it says no, I steer clear.

    Fabulous article, thanks for sharing!

  119. Niraja Golightly says:

    The cartoon I posted on my FB wall says it all:
    (Picture two people walking and chatting)

    “My desire to be well-informed is currently at odds with my desire to remain sane.”

    I have done so much researching and experimenting the last two years that I really feel that I can appreciate your position/non-position. Love you and all that you do!

  120. Judy says:

    I appreciate your honesty and openness so much; those traits make you far more trustworthy than many folks. Thanks for all the effort you put into research on our behalf.

  121. Russ says:

    “Metabolic Individuality” coined by Dr. Roger Williams. It was that single statement and my following intense study into the subject that brought me to the reality they we are all truly very different when it comes to how we metabolize the food we eat. I hadn’t been reading a lot of your articles lately or others based on Raw/Vegan foods because it just turns me off when one comes across so dogmatic, although I admit you are much lesser that type than many others. I’ve always liked you because you think a lot like I do and you really do know how to keep an open mind.
    Very good article Kev! I enjoyed reading your point of view on this. Keep it up!

  122. Rhonda says:

    I know it is easy to get confused when we hear about the “newest and greatest new diet” that comes along, but it is important for each of us to do homework and see what works for us and what doesn’t. Some people are really toxic due to years of eating the standard American Diet, some people have been extreme in one area or another, yo you dieting, doing some crazy stuff. I think it comes down to we must not loose site of whole foods are the basics, how much cooking, eating processed foods, over eating, etc is where we can create nutrient deficiencies or excesses. There are basics to our human diet, how we are designed.

    The issues with the meats and dairy that are manufactured today is not natural, so if you are going to eat those foods, be aware that your dollar votes for continuing the 99% feed lot treatment of animals. And the aftermath passes along to people who consume it.

    I personally believe that plant-based foods is the healthiest foods on the planet.

    That is my two cents from my years of research on the subject. I know you have spent your time learning about the benefits of what you eat as well, so bless you Kevin for trying to help others find their path.

    Kind regards,

    Rhonda

  123. Kurt says:

    Hi kev ,’I agree with the person above: no sugar, no flour, no gluten, no wheat or rice flours. Also,avoid food with aspartame n msg! Eat mostly fish n chicken and a nice steak once in a while won’t hurt you. Eat as much veggies as you want and i try to eat 2-3 fruits a day(usually an apple and a banana). I also am allowed to eat any foods made entirely of corn. To sweeten any of our dishes we use trivia or honey. I’ve lost 30 lbs really fast(‘without exercise) which was amazing! I have crps/rsd so exercising is a real task so i find any form of it is hard but extremely important and beneficial! I found that as long as long as I keep moving i don’t think about the pain I’m in 24/7 and to my doctors disbelief I continue to work and haven’t retired from my job( I’m a corrections officer). Eating this way has helped the lbs come off n i look n feel better in my clothes. I also take a vitamin B supplement everyday. I truly feel that this is a fantastic diet and would recommend it to everyone. I appreciate all the info that I get from you and your staff and if there is anything that you or any of your followers know about crps/’rsd( foods to avoid,’supplements to take) i would greatly appreciate any information as would a lot of other people who suffer daily with this. Again you are amazing and we all are grateful for all you do for us!!! Thank you!!

  124. Laura says:

    I have been reading everything that I can in regards to vegetarian eating. I am in the processs of figuring out what works for me. Some things I read and there is a light that goes off inside of me that says I think that is what I need to give a try and other things that the same person could say I say I don’t think that is for me. For me dairy makes my nose run and I don’t miss not eating meat. I have found that the more raw in my diet, the less hungry I am. When I eat a lot of process food in a day, the next day I am so hungry I could eat everything is sight. I don’t think that I could be 100% raw every day, but I am working on what works for my body. After watching food matters new video on Food for Change, I wrote down all of the contributors on the video, went on-line for my local library and see whose books we had and reserved them and right now am reading 2 on them and watched a video from one. I don’t think that just one person has the whole picture for me, everyone adds a piece to the puzzle for me. Once in a while I come across someone who I think is just a nut case and don’t continue to get their emails or read them. I don’t have to agree with everything they say, but I don’t have to remove them off my email list because they advocate meat. There are those I have read and get emails from like Dr. Mercola that promotes meat, but a lot of his articles are very good. We just have to be able to think for ourselves and our society don’t want us to think for ourselves. It bothers people that you are thinking for yourself and don’t buy that stupid thought that you need meat for protein. I think that eating vegetarain that the diet will always be changing in ways since our lives are always changing.

  125. Gloria says:

    Kevin, I became a vegetarian, even though my doctor had told me I would not get over a health matter without animal protein. I also have the blood type that the “zone” author says cannot live without meat. Yet, I never felt better than when I stopped eating animals and became a vegetarian. I do dairy, but go off it from time to time, and I do not eat refined sugars or grains. I became a vegetarian because I couldn’t bear what animals go through to put a body on the table. I had been eating less and less animal flesh, and one day I was at a restaurant for lunch with a friend and ordered a Chinese chicken salad, and when it came, I took a bite and my throat closed up and wouldn’t swallow. In that moment, I realized, I am a vegetarian. That was decades ago.

    It took me a long time to get there and a lot of diets, all for health reasons, and I have to say that every diet every doctor ever put me on did not accomplish what they promised if only I would eat this way or that. Getting off meat, and I define meat as all animals, was the best thing I ever did.

    I don’t do trips on my friends who still eat meat. But I am sure glad I quit contributing to the misery of animals.

  126. brian pulver says:

    Kevin, I have a bit different perception on two points. An open mind is a healthy mind. By definition open means to be vulnerable. Should the dairy industry, the fast food industry or the “pink slime” industry be able to influence my diet choices? I resist because I can’t trust them. I would prefer to say “right mind = healthy mind” Right is normal and closely related to natural. The other point is your comment about “faux food”. All diets have a common componet-that being avoidence of processed food. This is a huge issue for this generation. If we can learn to avoid processed food, we wouldn’t need to “diet”. We could just live naturally. Weight loss is 20% exercise and 80% natural diet. We need both but we have to get the balance right. Good topic!!

  127. Antonietta says:

    Hi Kev & Team

    Interesting article. Yes there are certainly ‘many roads that lead to Rome’. Which is confusing for many and complicated by our societal hypnosis into believing there is only ‘one way’. I am about to embark on the homeopathic hcg program in an attempt to re-set my endocrine system and clear it of environmental toxins. Fat does store toxins so this will be an interesting experiment; though quite radical. If I can re-set my system it should function more ‘normally’. From there, I will then have to find the system that suits me/my body. Like you I am making no assumptions. I wanted desperately to be raw – tried it did not work for me. Reach traditional Chinese medicine texts – no raw food advocated there… interesting huh? Such an ancient and effective system of healing does not recognise/espouse raw food. Of course there are many other contract examples. My point is – like you- do your research and TRY things to see what works for you. I know slow cooked broths are important for me at this stage. Once I re-set my system all bets are off.

    Like you, I have observed many roads do indeed lead to Rome, and that is confusing for people, so let me tell you our approach/response. As a practitioner I have developed an approach we call health mentoring. Basically we have developed a process that takes people across all areas of their lives and helps them identify what’s going on, who they are within that and what they would like to achieve. From there we match them up with practitioners and systems that meet their needs. Many folks have a very hard time with the idea that many systems can get them outcomes. They want the magic bullet – what they come to understand is there is a personal magic bullet.

    I understand this article is about diets as such and I think it would be good to augment it with some info on the ‘talk and enegy based’ approaches to weight loss. EFT, NLP and hypnosis being the most obvious examples. As we know, for many folks our body mass is NOT the simple equation of food in versus calories burned (like we’ve been hypnotised into believing); there is often *way* more going on…Talk/energy based systems are recognized as effective tools for many on the path to body change. Enough from me. Go well. Antonietta

  128. faith says:

    “Everybody knows food’s bad for you but I don’t know what else to eat!” Glasbergen Cartoon
    To add humor to the so serious, heavy feeling around the topic of what’s the right or wrong way to eat..check out Randy Glasbergen’s cartoons.
    http://www.glasbergen.con and SMILE!!

    Thanks Kevin. It sounds to me like you need a vacay from nutrition and health. All of your recent getaways have been surrounded by fitness and nutrition. Maybe you should look to do something for a couple of weeks that doesn’t pertain to health at all. Now that would be a WOW!
    I am only advising this because I have totally been where you are..information overload. Doing something different helped me find the truth within myself.

  129. Mango says:

    A timely article and wake up call. Thanks so much Kevin for the time and thought you put into this.

  130. Chucki Caroselli says:

    Kevin all you said yesterday is what I would aspect and need to hear from someone gathering the information from which I can most benefit. I am one who sits quietly by. I surly enjoyed reading all the wise and heart felt responses.Exceptionally Well done.

  131. Viviane says:

    Great you did not trash that article. There is no ”Best of all diets”. We are made up of trillions of elements that interact in millions of ways! How can there be only one solution for everyone!

    Jean Gabin, a French actor had a song in his late years saying ”I know, I know, I know that we never know”. George Burns lived to be some 98 years old, drank alcohol, smoked cigars but seemed to always be happy…stress and mental attitude can affect the outcome of any diet. The placebo effect can squew 30% of the results of any diet. Whatever work best for you…and that may be different in 3 years or in 10 years.

    Be informed, feel good, enjoy!

  132. Terri says:

    I have a saying . . . “There is no great secret to being truly healthy. Balance your life, give your body what it needs, and purposefully reject anything that will harm who you are – inside and out. That’s all.”

    When you hosted the ‘World Health Summit’, about mid-week I had to quit listening. There were so many ‘experts’ that had so many varying opionions on what they thought was the right way to be healthy, I was on over-load and just couldn’t take it anymore. I decided that they all had bits and pieces of some really good information, but they all fell short for me because none of them, in my opinion, had all the key elements of complete good health and nutrition.

    I am a religious person who believes that our Father in Heaven is smarter than all of us and has been providing for all our health needs since the beginning of time. It wasn’t until man messed things up when industrialization came along and ‘pheud’ was invented.

    If you check the scriptures, God has provided fruits, vegetables, grains, meats / dairy, sweet things, all for our use. If we can remember to eat these things in their most natural state (and without all the toxins man wants to heap upon it) as is given to us, then we will be on the road to health and longevity. I do believe that we are not all the same and have different needs, but it’s all there for us to pick and choose from. There are many fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, and so on that can do the same job as something else. There is not just one thing that can cure something, but an array to pick from. I don’t like fish, so to be able to get my omega-3s, I can supplement with krill or a sea-based plant or several other choices.

    If we eat like we should, then our bodies will fall into place where they need to be. A diet is whatever you decide to put in your mouth, good or bad. The results will manifest themselve with either health or sickness.

    I’m glad you have come around Kevin. I think you are now ‘finally’ where you need to be in your thinking. Great job! You inspire so many.
    T

  133. Karen says:

    Wow! I only read half of the posts Kev, but to have so many you are certainly doing something right.

    I too am sooo confused trying to process all of the diet and nutrition information out there. I am driving myself crazy with far too much information to process.

    I am in poor health and quite frankly, and I have tweaked my family’s diet so many times now, I don’t know what I am doing anymore!

    I think we all need to get back to keeping it simple. If it is natural, eat it.

    Thanks for the rant! We all need to get these things off our chest from time to time. I just love that you are human, just like me!

    xx

  134. Terri says:

    Add another positive to the list :) The longer I read this blog, the more admiration I have for you, Kev.

    As others have said, health is indeed an individual journey, an ever-evolving one. Diet is one part of that journey as are other physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual choices.

    The only expert I have ever needed was inside me. When I follow my inner guidance system, I thrive. The key has been to keep on listening, because it changes .. evolves .. just as everything does. And the cool thing is, everyone has their own inner guidance system – their own ‘expert’ – that knows exactly what is needed for them to thrive during every part of this journey of life.

  135. Beautiful post Kevin. As a yoga teacher I am often asked about diet. Now I have reached middle age, and being of the Kapha body type that puts on weight by looking at food, I have tried EVERY diet know to man or woman! I KNOW that one diet does not fit all. Really….and it is exhausting finding your way to that truth. Honestly you talk so much common sense about this.
    Currently I am in favour of a high raw diet with some additional wild fish and eggs I grow in my garden with some organic dairy, no wheat – it works for me…mostly. There are so many conflicting and confusing messages out there that the only thing I can say for sure is that one diet does not fit ALL.
    Thanks Kevin you are a gem.

  136. Kushla says:

    Hi Kevin,

    I loved this post. I created my own weightloss program for women last year and am making some changes before version 2 comes out later this year … so obviously this post caught my eye. I really loved what you had to say. It was honest and I’m sure that many people were able to relate to your personal insight.

  137. Dina says:

    Hi Kevin,

    So crazy that you wrote this just when I started thinking that I need to add more variety into my raw vegan diet. Dealing with cravings, over eating and just simply being bored I decided to purchase some organic animal foods to see how I would feel. I roasted it, and while my boyfriend devoured it, my portion just sat on the plate. I just couldn’t bring myself to chew it. It was the weirdest emotion because I wasn’t sure why I couldn’t just eat it. No one was looking…

    Part of me felt that I would let “others” down if I gave in. Ya know that whole thing… We preached it for so long and now its like well maybe once in awhile won’t be so bad. Another part was “would I like it”. I use to like it but I haven’t chewed it in so long, I was afraid. How crazy!!! And I LOVE animals but that didn’t even really come into play. I was more worried about swallowing meat (chicken)!

    So I didn’t eat it and I was actually very proud. Proud that I didn’t give in or let anyone down. I know that is dumb. I am an adult and can eat whatever the heck I want. But that’s how I felt cleaning up the dishes. I will say that I do consume an egg once in awhile and that I feel a ton of energy afterwards. I don’t brag about it but I do tell others that are looking for answers “listen to your body”. No one but you knows what you need. If you do eat meat, choose an organic source free of BS”. And that’s what you said. When people ask if I am this or that I usually say that “I eat healthy”. I don’t want a damn label on me! :)
    Thanks for being honest! Keep it up!

  138. Really all you have to do it not eat processed food and where you go from there is up to you..

    Me personally I eat meat, eggs, raw cream, raw cheeses, lots of fruit, veggies and some tubers. I also use everything, if I eat a chicken, I make bone broth soup, and when I’m done with that I eat the crumbly bones and marrow. I don’t waste a dang thing. If I eat an orange I eat some of the peel and dry the rest. I give scraps to my dog. If I can’t eat it I compost it…

    I shun waste more than anything.

  139. Brooke says:

    Wow, Kevin, this was an awesome post! I have been feeling for the past couple months that the optimal health movement (whether that be with raw foods, paleo diet, whole foods diet, locally grown diet, etc.) has evolved to a different level. This evolution happened quickly, I think, because of the Internet. People didn’t really start getting into natural health and healing until the Internet started giving us the information about what was really going on in the food supply and the information we were missing out on from our doctors. Because this information had to come from independent, outside-the-mainstream people and there was so much being suppressed, we ended up getting bombarded with information without anyone to really sort it out for us. You did that, out of the kindness of your own heart, for everyone on this planet! I know I appreciate it because there really is so much data to go through and so many people to talk to. You and Annmarie saw the natural health movement at a grassroots level all over the US in your RV. That experience gives you a lot of credibility in my eyes. It really does come down to the individual. We need to know about all the different health paradigms. I love raw food and I think a 100% raw food diet is perfect for all kinds of people at different stages in their lives. I don’t think it’s sustainable for long periods of time though but I do think a high raw diet is the best. Raw foods is such an awesome healing tool and the public needs to know about it and have access to it. I appreciate all the information distillation you do for us and I know I’m eternally grateful. This is how I have seen the health movement evolve – we no longer are soaking up information. We are applying that information to the individual. Pharmaceutical companies would lie, cheat, and steal to have a drug that is so unique. I wanted to go into bioinformatics for that reason. I wanted to help find a way to heal people without side effects. To me, that is what is so magical about food and homeopathy and herbs and reflexology and yoga and all the different naturopathic modalities. All of these healing modes work with who we are as an individual. Thanks again for all you do and this post was great :-)

  140. Lorien says:

    Good stuff Kevin, I have gone back and forth myself on what humans should eat for many years. My personal approach is to keep learning and put into practice those things that resonate with me and then pay attention to how I feel after a change.

    I would like to make a comment on the moral issue of eating. When it comes to animals, for life to go on it requires the death of something else. I did not create the system but that is how it works. Nothing continues to live unless it eats and eating costs something else it’s life. Plants are living beings. Because we can’t hear them scream does not mean that they don’t. Because they don’t have cute faces does not mean that they don’t enjoy their lives or have feelings. The truth is we don’t know anything about how plants think or feel because we don’t know how to communicate with them. I don’t know why we humans came to believe that animals are more sacred then plants or that the life of a human is more sacred then the life of another animal. All life is sacred and every death that takes place be it plant or animal so that another life can go on should be done gently and with gratitude. Perhaps the biggest problem is that these days, folks can eat the whole of their lives without every having to take part in the killing of the things they choose to eat. It all comes from the store……..

  141. Catherine says:

    This is a great article. I’ve never been into weight loss. I’m one of those slender people who eat like a horse. But that doesn’t mean I’m happy with myself. There is always something wanting or something to obsess about. For instance, aging (or trying not to), or wanting to have glowing skin etc.

    The questions I ask are: Where’s the satisfaction? Where’s the unconditional love? Where’s the gratitude for this miracle called life?

    I’ve learned that life is about balance. Not only am I physical, but I am also spiritual, social and emotional. Lately with all the threats to health and well being (GMOs, BPA, BPS and on and on), I’ve become obsessed with health. And that’s not balanced, that’s not healthy (ironically).

    I believe we come to this earth to experience health & sickness, life & death, youth & aging and the fullness of it all. Limiting my experiences too much gets to be constrictive and unhealthy emotionally. It’s like my spirit is telling me, you’ve got to expand, you’ve got to let go, you’ve got to grow and experience more of life.

    If we were all the perfect weight, and lived in a fountain of youth do you think we’d be happy? I doubt it. I think the key to life is finding happiness in our present circumstances (whether we’re overweight, old, sick, etc).

    That’s not to say we should start eating GMOs and sugar, but we need to balance a social life (it’s pretty hard eating out at other people’s homes, or restaurants these days hey?) But beside surviving and breathing and keeping our hearts beating there actually is more to life.

    I eat pretty religiously a non-GMO diet, and don’t eat canned food (BPA) and so on. But there are other things in life that are important too (family, love, fun, memories).

    My dad passed away in Dec and he was quite healthy. I watched his ankles swell and his body and health melt away in one month. I watched him let go of his health. I think we are eternal beings and that he is still with me in spirit. I think we need to have these experiences (death, sickness, letting go). It’s all part of this ride we call life.

    It’s also a part of humanity. We came here and inherited our present circumstances. When I go to someones house and they serve me food and who knows whether it’s canola oil or whether it contains BPA, I have learned to be grateful for it and for them. And to be one with them. They are eating this food and suffering this corruption and degeneracy that is happening in our world because of the actions of some people. Sometimes it feels good to suffer with everyone else and love them and be together with them. And you know what I wake up the next day, still breathing and living and experiencing.

    I think you’ve got to do what feels good to you from a balanced perspective. What makes you feel connected, loved, happy, grateful? Because we’re not meant to live forever like this. We’re meant to die, and experience all these things. Might as well fill the time in between with the things that are most important (that is not to say health is not important, it is, only that it needs to be balanced with everything else). It’s just one piece of me.

    This is what I know, but I still struggle to do these things in my own life. I hate GMOs, yes hate. And can’t stand eating them, but I know I need more out of life than avoiding GMOs. Do you know what I mean?

  142. Dodie says:

    Kevin, I find your comments refreshing! I love following you, and I have been for years. I am not raw or vegan, but periodically do it…in summer! I live in upstate NY and it gets cold here. Not interested in eating raw when it is cold! Regardless, I also believe that the plants are being killed for us…but hey, we have to eat something! I have raised my awareness and make improved choices due to things I hear from you. Thank you.
    BTW I LOVE TO EAT FISH. When I die, the worms will eat me! Circle of life.

  143. maria says:

    Hi Kev, loved ur article, Funny enough I have come full circle with all this mumbo jumbo on what to eat and not to eat. I came up with the conclusion that the paleo way of eating is the obviouse way to eat. It is brave of you to view ur opinions. Keep up the good work. By the way Im from Australia.

  144. sharon says:

    Seems as if you are experiencing the exact same “confusion” as I am right now. I’m vegan for ethical reasons, but as an animal activist, I jumped on the bandwagon for preaching veganism for health. I now have closed my mouth in trying to tell people to go vegan for health reasons.

    I personally will never eat meat and dairy because I know how much suffering is involved, but I have no idea if it is the best diet for my health. I have to admit that a vegan diet takes some work. But then, I think whatever diet one follows, it probably takes some thinking and planning.

    I guess the only thing I can say for sure about food is that it should be organic….I’m VERY strict with that. And processed food has no place for anyone seeking good health. Oh heck, I guess I can’t even say that. My aunt lived to 103 and she ate fried chicken and Fritos all her life.

    So, there you go. It’s a conundrum. I’m sorry for you being in the position of health guru and having to guide people. Guess your only option is to present it all, and be devil’s advocate.

  145. Mist says:

    Excellent post with excellent points, Kevin! One man’s elixir is another man’s poison. This applies to food, supplement, exercise, therapy, life style, etc. As mentioned, each of us has a unique constitution, so learn, experiment and search for the optimal balance.

    Traditional Chinese medicine contains much wisdom to help one determine one’s constitution and the corresponding compatible food and medicine. For example, if one is of a more “yin” or cold constitution, a raw vegan diet could “freeze” one into ill health. Conversely, if one is of a more “yang” or hot constitution, taking ginseng or too much hot spices like ginger could “burn” one’s system up like a fire. One could warm up a cold food like cucumber with a hot spice like ginger. This is done in Chinese cuisine, such as adding ginger in cooking winter melon (which is cold like cucumber) soup. Bottom line: learn, experiment and see what works best for one’s constitution.

  146. Samantha says:

    Hi Kev,

    I was really pleased reading your article. I went back to school two years ago to study holistic nutrition that says much of what you are saying. The bottom line I believe is we are being called to slow down and get to know ourselves again to remember how to listen to our body messages, because they are there. No one diet is right for anyone person. Know thyself. This is with the exception of the obvious killers, processed AWUGA WUGA I term all the processed sugars, fours etc.

    Live and love well
    samantha

  147. Isa says:

    “It’d be a shame to stop learning and not have the answer for someone in need”
    Indeed it would…and this is the essential part of it all…

  148. nick says:

    I love meat and animal products taste GREAT but is it-

    1: Ethical
    - To enslave and kill animals.
    - To feed farmed animals enough food to feed 8.7 billion people.
    - To use/waste huge amounts of water on farmed animals.

    2: Environmentally Sustainable
    - The clearing of land.
    - The extinction of native species flora and fauna
    - The biggest cause of pollution on the planet both to the ozone and through animal excrement.
    - The use of fossil fuels.

    3: Healthy
    - Pesticides, Herbicides, Antibiotics -(90% of the world’s supply) fed to farmed animals.
    - Heart disease, Obesity, Cancer Autoimmune disorders, Stroke, Diabetes, Allergies, Mad cows disease, Ecoli, Salmonella, Parasites, ECT.

    If you take any one of these 3 stand points you could possibly argue that it is but when you put the three together the overwhelming answer is NO.

    So I urge everyone to do as I have done research and make your decision based on all 3 of these points not just on health.

    I continue to enjoy Kevin’s articles but can’t help but wonder if it is an attempt to cross over into the main stream market that is driving his ongoing endorsements of these types of diets rather than standing up for what he believes in and the future health of the planet.

    Thanks Nick

  149. Esmeralda says:

    The debate about the “right types” of food to eat can only be had in a society that has access to a great abundance of food. Maybe the problem is having more than we know what to do with, having too many choices, and having so little gratitude for our good fortune. In the past, people were mostly grateful just to have something to eat. Many of these societies proved to have good health and longevity (consider native Americans who followed the buffalo in order to eat and survive). The road to good health may be paved more with a solid sense of loving community and belonging, than anything we can find to blend, cook or chew. (I suggest you read “The Bond”, by Lynn McTaggert if this is an idea that you would like to explore).

  150. Thanks for the article, Kevin! I agree…I’ve been on this health journey for fifteen years…went from SAD to Vegetarian to Vegan (for 10 years), then added back eggs, fish, and now raw goat milk. I’m tired of labels, but if I have to choose one…I think I’ll simply be a Nutritarian and keep an open mind about what will best nourish my body for optimum health.

  151. Gail says:

    Your “rant” expresses life like it is!! I studied a Genetic Key program last year and the bottom line is insulin regulation, and yes, different foods are health or poison to different people. Yes, processed carbs are the “devil”, and I’ve often referred to our common western diet as a curse. It is worse for others, like Pacific islanders, Inuit, Australian indigenous people, and Chinese. Chinese are fine with rice, but having introduced so much western food, they have now, I have heard, become the most obese nation. Wow, the planet will go off it’s orbit!
    So, your comments are good and realistic. Thanks so much!

  152. Ryan says:

    I’m pretty much in agreement with Joanna. I think the everyone can survive on the same diet if it’s done right. The eating of dairy and meat I think is a cop out to make people feel happy with their poor diet choice, just look at how many people are all “Thanks Kevin! Everyone is different!” What I believe is that people’s body’s are in various states of disrepair and this causes many of the issues with the changing of their diets. A cleanse I believe would be ideal first and foremost.

    At the end of the day if you’re eating healthier than most (lots of fruit and veges)
    avoid sugars and gluten/processed grains and high temperature cooked meat then you’re doing better than 99% of the population, congratulations, you should live healthy and longer than most and for many this is good enough.

    The fact of the matter is you may feel fine all sorts of foods but if you encounter any disease and you visibly age just like everyone else, your diet really isn’t that good plain and simple.

    You’re appearance is 100% linked to the quality of you’re diet. If you’re not looking younger than everyone else your age then you’re not eating as healthy as you could be, let your skin/eyes/tongue/face be your guide.

  153. Ryan says:

    Blood type diets are a farce, just avoid everything I listed earlier, plain and simple.

    “Medical experts universally agree that the theory is nonsense, and say there is absolutely no link between our blood group and the diet we eat. Consequently you won’t find qualified nutritionists or dietitians recommending this diet.”

    http://www.weightlossresources.co.uk/diet/blood_group_diet.htm

  154. Pamelakat says:

    Hi Kevin -

    I have been reading you for a long time, but never felt the need to write in before now. This is such an great article. But I also want to comment on the sparkling intelligence of your readers, as evidenced by their comments here. I think your readership says a lot about you, so congratulations Kevin.

  155. John Michael says:

    I appreciate your integrity Kevin and the exercise of Your Free Will to stay open minded and hearted. I have been studying/practicing nutrition for 42 years now since I was ordering Shaklee products back in 1970 when I was early in Hippie training. Each of us in unique and why would we ever imagine that one “diet” would fit all. One size shoe does not fit all! The most important for me is to bless my food and ask inwardly if this is my highest heart of heart choices to ingest. After that, relax and have fun and let your intuition make choices and remember the bible expression “Prove All Things and Hold Fast that which is True for you!!

  156. Susan says:

    Kev,

    I really appreciate the articles that you provide. I’ve learned so much from them. But, if an article or web site is also going to pitch their product, I think you should warn us and tell us if you are being paid for giving us the link to Jonny’s web site. Then, when I put the article web address in, an ad came up from Defense Nutrition for choco whey. As much as I love your information, I don’t want to be bombarded with unexpected ads. If you give me advance notice, I can’t make a knowing choice if I want to listen to Jonny’s pitch. Thank you for the honorable work that you do.

  157. Susan says:

    That should have been “can make a knowing choice”

  158. RB says:

    Thanks for your honesty & sharing your journey. I used to be 100% vegan but now I do have a small portion of organic or wild meat product about once a week. I find this works for me. I do try to stick to a whole food diet with lots of veggies – I feel that is the healthiest & it makes me feel good. As you touch on you have to experiment on what’s right for you. However, I believe strongly that health has more to do with what we place in our mouth. Everyone should know where their food is coming from and what is the environmental, ethical and humane impact. If the making of your food (ie factory farming) creates a large amount of pollution and uses limited resources that has a huge impact on your health! The air we breath, the water we use and the cutting down of trees all effect our health.

  159. Leela says:

    I’m surprised that you seem to have never adequately explored macrobiotics, or studied with one of the better-known macrobiotic counselors/teachers, including but not limited to Denny Waxman, William Spear, Melanie Waxman-Brown, Bill Tara, Warren Kramer, Michelle Nemer, and others.

    I think you might find that the understanding of diet and lifestyle and how these interact would be helpful to you, and also just fun and interesting… Based on the study of ancient cultures’ diet and lifestyle, contemporary macrobiotics takes many factors into consideration when looking at the role and effect of food in our health.

    How to balance the diet, between various food groups, cooking methods, the underlying energetic qualities of food and food preparation, are at the core of understanding how to make appropriate choices on a daily basis, taking into account factors such as climate, geographic area, activity level and type, individual constitution and condition, etc…..

    Beyond which, food that is prepared by an experienced macrobiotic cook is truly the most satisfying and delicious food there is – and I’ve eaten food from various places over the world, in people’s homes, no less, and found that macrobiotic meals are unsurpassable in taste and quality. These people really know how to live!

  160. Patricia J Allen says:

    I just keep reading, learning and consider the source. Eventually, things fall into place…yes, no, or still questionable. Thanks much for all your dedication and contribution to the process. Keep working those miracles. Patricia Allen

  161. Werner says:

    Dear Kevin,

    Thank you for your unflinching honesty with regard to navigating the ‘best way to eat’ terrain. After spending many months researching different diets, I would love to hear your thoughts on Kathy Abascal’s book THE ABASCAL WAY -To Quiet Inflammation.

    This book is more about ratio of 2/3 vegetables to 1/3 protein and grains, and not so much about portion control, but reducing inflammation through an elimination diet and testing phase. Kathy seems to be very knowledgable on the subject of what causes ill health and many would find a wealth of info they might agree with. Would love to hear your thoughts on her book when you can stand reading yet another book on healthy eating.

    Gratitude and Blessings for your service in contributing to the health of all of us,

    Werner

  162. greengirl says:

    **JOANNA,
    Boy…
    Cranky about food!
    Wonder what’s eating you?
    (pun intended..LOL ;-)

    Your apparently ‘closed mind’ completely missed the point!!

  163. Jonathan says:

    Hey Kevin,
    I do appreciate where you are coming from. I have been there also.
    A couple points.
    1. diet is an individual thing. a major aspect of Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine involves a diet that is appropriate for an individual based on their constitution and condition.
    2, the desire to espouse one diet is the best for all is a little bit like the allopathic mentality. ie, “this drug is good for this condition for all of the people”. It is unfortunately simplistic and not based on the laws of nature.
    3. from a modern perspective, there are now DNA tests which identify types of diets that are best suited for each individual. They can actually determine whether a low fat, high fat or no fat diet is most beneficial. Some people gentically speaking do very well on a mediterranean diet with lots of olive oil, while for others, it wil jack up their LDL cholesterol and cause type 2 diabetes.
    4. No diet will give us an eternal body, not even a pure low glycemic raw food diet , even if that person thrives like anything on a raw diet. So to look for the perfect diet for all people is erroneous. Which then brings me to the point of Ahimsa, or non-violence. Ayurveda states that the karmic result of eating cows is not worth the very temporary energy improvement that comes with eating flesh. If we value peace on this planet, we will HAVE to find a way for each of us to be healthy without killing animals. If you are not there yet, thats ok, but this is the direction the planet is taking and must take for peace to occur in our lives.
    Peace to all
    Jonathan

  164. IH says:

    Great article Kevin,

    Yes, I agree that we are all different and there is no one size that fits all. However, when people say that they tried the raw food diet for a while and gave up I’m always wondering what exactly happened and how they did it. I don’t consider myself a raw foodie but I do think that most of us can benefit from adding more raw,alkaline and especially LIVING foods to their diet. (sprouts, wheatgrass, some form of algae and fresh green juices) This is also the way the famous health institutes teach it to their people. When I practice this I always feel always better than when I don’t do this so I guess my body is telling me something.

    I don’t know whether we all and always should adhere to a vegan diet. I agree with what Dr. Williams in one of your interviews with him said. He indicated that the cultures he investigated and that are plant based eventually at some point serve a piece of meat or dairy and I’m pretty sure that their meat and dairy products are free of growth hormones, and all the other nasty byproducts. When certain people in the health community present a dietary/life style approach I always look at how they look themselves and whether their approach is realistic and practical. But above all I think that Michael Polan hit the spot with his first sentence of “In defense of food” “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants

  165. C.A. says:

    Hi Kevin

    I have always believed that we are here to learn and when you think you know enough, you might as well leave. I applaud you for continuing your education beyond the usual dogmas. In my ongoing learning, I am currently reading Dr. Keith Scott-Mumby’s book DIET WISE, which among other things tells you how to use an elimination diet as you mentioned to determine what foods work for you and which don’t in practical terms, not out of someone else’s theory. Thanks for all you do.

  166. greengirl says:

    **LORIEN,

    Many years ago I read a popular book called “The Secret Life of Plants”. It was awesome! It reported numerous scientific experiments done on all kinds of plants using equipment similar to EEG or EKG machines. The machines were connected to plants to record any reactions to numerous different circumstances. And guess what?
    Plants DO scream at impending danger!
    The machines recorded extreme responses when approached to be & actually were being,cut or killed. The responses also occured when in the presence of other plants being cut or killed.
    Likewise, there were varying degrees of responses to a wide variety of other circumstances, including reactions when their caretakers were experiencing fear, pain, or other emotions.
    A fascinating book & further proof that ALL life is sentient & to be respected, which is why native tribes prayed for, honored, & thanked all the food they ate.

  167. Gina says:

    Kevin – I’m giving you a STANDING OVATION for this courageous and honest article!!! I’ve been cramming health info for over 30 years (am certified in TCC Plant Based Nutrition, am a Hippocrates Health Institute Health Educator, have been exposed to the varied dietary theories while getting my Holistic Health Counselor certification from Institute for Integrative Nutrition, etc.) and in the last year I have finally come to the conclusion and truly embrace that among the many reasons why nutrition information is soooo confusing is that there is no one answer that applies to everyone or even to one person all the time… (Of course the other major reason is that nutrition information is so often serving of the seller not the consumer as you aptly pointed out.) …so it’s my belief that the most that can come of the result of collected data from reputable sources is that it will apply to some people some of the time.

    There is often a tendency to either over simply or over complicate. I think our bodies are too complex and brilliant for either. My ultimate goal is to become a successful intuitive eater, being able to easily tune in to what my body would thrive on or need for healing from meal to meal (and non-food choices as well)

    Kevin, here’s a big question I have…do you think that’s possible in the environment we live in?

    Below is the 10 basic common denominators I’ve boiled it down to that contribute to elevating health for individuals and the planet:
    1. Eliminate processed foods (refined flours, sugars, trans fats, HFCS. & things in packages with ingredients you don’t understand)
    2. Increase organic produce in your diet, especially greens.
    3. Eliminate the consumption of any factory farmed being (or the products from them) that has been raised in unkind, unnatural, unhealthy, unsustainable conditions.
    4. Hydrate with good quality water (a research topic all by itself)
    5. Adopt regular exercise routines you enjoy, especially incorporating outdoor exercise.
    6. Don’t blindly take medications for mental or physical issues without investigating your options for non-medicated routes first.
    7. Limit your consumption of alcohol.
    8. Accept that you are responsible for the health of your body, mind, heart and soul and take the journey to figure out what that means for you. Then delight in that journey, even it’s struggles, because they provide incredible opportunity for enlightenment and growth and touching others as have you have done in this article.
    9. Don’t expect a final destination.
    10. If you are unable to do the above on your own, seek support.

    Beyond the above, it’s my mission to expose people to a variety of wellbeing practices so they can discover what energizes their body and makes their heart sing and then be inspired to consistently incorporate those into their life regularly.
    To that end I offer this to all of you http://alignwellbeing.com/special-event-an-extraordinary-day-of-wellbeing

    Thank you dear Kevin for all you contribute to Wellbeing in your own way.

  168. W. says:

    hey Kev- always enjoy reading your insights, especially this one. Recently I purchased Dr. Kelley’s Metabolic Self-test, I have not yet taken it as it is 85 pages of questions and quite extensive. The concept of a big variety of eating types and being able to adapt yours if need be is very intriguing to me. Perhaps you have experience with his test/theory, I would be interested in your insights.

    Thanks
    W.

  169. Chris says:

    Well said! Couldn’t agree more.
    Here is one more complication to try to fit in your brain. I’m beginning to suspect that the optimal diet depends on the season. For me, high-raw works well in spring, and almost completely eliminates hay fever, but as summer arrives I have to slowly switch back to a more “normal” diet, including more cooked meat and veggies, otherwise I feel depleted.

  170. LynnCS says:

    Hi Kevin. Great article. I never want to stop learning either. I also don’t think all raw is necessarily the best for optimal health. For example, some vegis/greens are better steamed for the thyroid issues. I, personally will never eat animal flesh. Can’t imagine what it would supply that I can’t duplicate in another way. As far as I can tell, proteins/aminos, b12, is duplicated elsewhere. Everything I read tells me there is more harm than good done to my body by eating flesh. Beyond that, I don’t deny myself much. Yes, there’s a lot I don’t digest well, like a lot of grains, but I have found substitutes like quinoa and buckwheat. There are more options than I had before I started this search. Browning is off limits for me. I used to love high heat sauteing which caramelized the vegis and gave that amazing sweet taste. I am willing to not do that because of all I have learned about oxidation in that process or grilling etc. I had a dr. tell me that milk isn’t good but cheese and yogurt is a different thing. I find Greek yogurt seductive, but love only the high fat ones, so am willing to find other ways to get the creaminess and the gut help. I think there is always a way to substitute for those things you do learn are not really good for me to eat. I am lucky that I was already really clear about a lot of this when I found raw. I don’t really eat sugary or fried junk, so it doesn’t really come to mind. I have learn some more about the value of natural sugars in the form of fruit. And I have learned that added oils are not a good choice. I have had some fun finding alternatives for salad dressings etc.

    So fun to be reasonable. I always hope I don’t sacrifice health in the name of getting to eat something that might be better left alone.

    Oh, and in the name of honesty, I do have some weight to lose and thing eating this way and not focusing on weight loss is the best/healthiest way.
    For me, of course. Yes. I have learned to mind my own business.

    Thanks again! Lynn

  171. Jason in SH says:

    Kevin,
    I read your post early on before the myriad of comments posted above, and I loved the read. I’ve struggled with these same issues and one of the reasons I started following your posts regularly again a few months ago was my realization that you, too, were struggling through an honest approach/stance in light of all of the conflicting testimonies and evidence. It’s fairly easy to work through the blatant issues of ethical treatment of animals (and plants!), and foreign substances in food, but once we arrive at a whole food, fresh food, healthy (animal or plant) food diet, positive health benefits resound from all over the spectrum. The honest health educator/advocate cannot ignore the incredible life changes and performance improvements coming out of the Paleo movement, nor can he or she turn a blind eye to what the legit RV protocols have done for the “incurables,” or the unmatched quickness of Dr. Cousens’ diabetes program.
    There is so much to look at in terms of nutrition alone, health goes so much deeper than physical aspects of fitness, and there is so so much misinformation to swim through–both honest and not. You do a great job, and i appreciate it (as well as a few others, apparently ;). Keep up the great work.

    Health & blessings.

  172. Brenda says:

    Ultimately it is all B.S. (belief system)and I have my own B.S. Being a naturopath, I have read a bazillion things on diets, includuing Jonny’s. I keep learning all the time. I don’t think learning is painful. I think it is exciting! It’s my B.S. that there is no diet that fits all. Judgement can be so disruptive to life. (yes, I’ll admit to judging at times)
    Kevin, I am enjoying your evolution. You are awesome!
    Peace & Hugs

  173. Shannon says:

    Hi. I get overloaded with all the info too-that’s one of the reasons I decided not to become a naturopath even though it is a passion of mine!

    I loved the post, only read it because of the 2nd email about it-as I don’t want to lose weight right now.

    Conflicting info-I just follow what feels right-sometimes I follow what I want instead of what feels right! We are all evolving, and I reckon too much info, thought, restrictions etc can cause stress-so I try to be gentle on myself.

    Blessed be. Shannon.

  174. Sue says:

    Wonderful insight. I share your feelings and thoughts. Too much info can confuse if you are not mindful to understand that what suits one person does not necessarily suit another. Sounds to me like you have cracked it . Brilliant

  175. Joe says:

    So many great comments to a great article.

    I’m allergic to a number of things, but the worst one is dogma! There is no “best” diet for everyone and even if you find yours, it’s likely to change over time

    Everyone who promotes a diet (or any other system of ideas) has an ulterior motive – even if it’s ego or just sincerely wanting to help people.

    I have no proof for it, but I once heard of a person with a split personality where one personality had diabetes and another didn’t! Diet has to include all the thoughts we absorb and emit.

    Just to show how extreme things can get, you’re probably aware of Aajonus_Vonderplanitz. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aajonus_Vonderplanitz. He’s the reason people renamed the raw food diet to Living Food! LOL. He’s proof that his diet works. Last I saw him, he was built like a tank and strong as one and could be exposed to almost anything without getting sick. But his diet is definitely not for everyone! My friend who was very ill did get healed on it though – after trying many holistic alternatives with limitted success.

    Reality is much greater than can be apprehended using the “normal” conscious mind. That’s why it’s best to consult the still small voice within, even on matters of diet.

  176. Bill Murphy says:

    This is yet another great, honest article from you Kev. Your openness and honesty is what I have always appreciated from your posts and videos. Meeting you guys in person in March only reinforced this respect from me. Your openness and honesty shone through in real life too.

    I know what works for me personally and that is a vegan diet. I have had enough years of eating meat and dairy to realise that it was not working for me and enough years of not eating it to realise that I do better without it. I know how I feel when I eat those foods and it is not as pleasant as when I leave them out.

    I do however believe that each individual person is just that; an individual who needs to evaluate their health based on how they feel and what the tests are showing them. Not some idealistic approach to health.

    Many vegans are in it for ethical reasons (which are great) but they may not be looking after their health well enough. There are also way too many vegans who are not eating enough fresh produce and eating far too much processed grains. I too believe that those should be avoided for optimal health.

  177. pres says:

    It seems most people commenting here don’t allude to the fact that peoples metabolism will change as they age. Adjusting, and trying, to consume different foods can be very helpful.
    Just be careful and pay attention to your bodily indicators.
    People are continuously exposed to different environmental toxins that can also require a modification to their food intake. This can provide an accelerated defense to those toxins. Even the same kind of food can vary throughout the year in terms of nutrition and toxins.
    Bottom line:
    Listen to your body and be willing to change foods when any adverse reaction occurs.
    (you live with your body 24/7.. your doctor does not)

  178. Nadine says:

    I like the open minded approach as well – I like to read a whole spectrum of viewpoints, but I also remain a critical thinker. Anytime there are blanket statements demonizing a particular food group whether it be meat, dairy, legumes, carbs or cooked food, I am immediately skeptical. Also as soon as I see “natural” or “traditional”, I start to question the validity of the argument because natural is rather arbitrary and subjective at this point. A hundred years ago we did not sit at our computers for hours a day, so why should we eat the same? I also cannot ignore the effects of our choices on the bigger picture. Even grass-fed, pasture raised cows leave a much larger ecological footprint than plants (i.e. water, seed, gas, transportation etc). For me it also comes down to the emotional and spiritual aspects of food, which is very individual. Of course there is no one right way to eat, but I have free will and choice so I can choose based upon the knowledge of my time and the wisdom of my heart :)

  179. Kumari says:

    Bob,
    Can you please let me know how you healed epilepsy as one of my relatives has it and is on medication.please I will be so grateful

    Thank you

  180. Michalle says:

    I am not the commenting type, but I must to commend you for your modesty and honesty. I agree wholeheartedly that while many have found answers for themselves and many experts know a great deal more then ever, the messiah of perfect diet has not yet arrived. Koodos to you for your clean and gracious service to the world

  181. Tim says:

    It’s good to see an open mind on this issue. While I have disagreed with you, yours is the only newsletter I have not removed, as far as food and diets go, because you seem to have an honest interest in the truth of things. The truth is, as far as food goes, that we’re not even close to understanding it all. So a dogmatic approach is the most hindering to progress. We will all go much farther if we are honest with ourselves.

  182. Sarah says:

    Dear Kevin,
    Thank you for your dedication and hard work in reviewing so much information for us. I believe as you mentioned that there are indeed other factors which explain why some thrive on certain diets while others do not. Yes, all of the factors you mentioned and perhaps factors that in our limited human perceptions cannot be measured-yet.

  183. Pam says:

    Thank you Kevin! I am right there with you! I recently took a hiatus from teaching classes and lecturing because my life became out of balance regarding all this food stuff! I am finding my “happy place” that does not need to be defined as vegan, raw, or anything else. I have knowledge and I choose to eat what my body tells me it needs. This sure frees up more time for my Yoga Teacher Training I’m taking this year!

    BYW: I was so tired of food decisions that I chose to do the Master Cleanse for 5 days just so I wouldn’t have to mess with food!!! (and yes, it was a great food vacation)

    Keep writing Kevin, we love you guys!

  184. Don says:

    I have read your blog off and on for years.

    if the intention is right, it shows.

    I ran into your wife in a health food store in sarasota florida and thanked her.

    and now I thank you, hope we cross paths someday.

    just let the tao be. good luck!

  185. Zoli says:

    Best article Kev. You do have an open mind, congratulations on that; you are evolving in this “diet” jungle. Too many gurus have their EGOs in between them to admit that it is time CHANGE their dogma. Human being are omnivorous. I remember growing up in Hungary in the ’50s and ’60s we were eating lard sandwiches, yes, and were so skinny still that by today’s “standards” someone would call the Child’s Protection Services on us… Of course, I would not recommend the same today due to the hormone and pesticide infected food supply…
    Bottom line: we are not all the same when it come to nutritional needs, we have different blood type, different metabolic type different stress and environment influence and in fact our own nutritional need is very different when we are 18 or 78 year old.
    Keep up your open mind Kev, you are doing an important work!

  186. shine says:

    liberating kev thanks..the more conflicting info there is the more confused i am..and more screwed up of course

  187. Andrew Casson says:

    “But I can’t ignore what I’ve seen.”

    This sentence sums up why I have followed Kevin for so long, and why I will continue to do so. You’re the only health advocate that I’ve stuck with and you are so much more than a health advocate.

    I know I’m going to always receive truth from you. You’re genuine, humble, open-hearted approach, to such an emotional topic, appears to be unshakable.

    Thank you!

    Andrew

  188. Lori says:

    Thank you for this article! As a type 1 diabetic I have been researching and experimenting with the best diet for myself for years. Started with SAD, went to various versions of low carb… vegetarian, raw vegan and settled on a low carb paleo diet. I eat 50 grams of carbs per day mostly organic veggies, nuts and seeds. I eat 4-6 ounces grass fed or wild meats and eggs daily. Healthy fats like avocado, coconut oil and olive oil. All whole foods, nothing processed, high raw. I juice and make a green smoothie daily. I grow sprouts and make my own fermented veggies. My last hemoglobin A1c was 5.6. Tracking my energy and satiety levels this way of eating seems the best for me. I have recently unsubcribed to many newsletters but I look forward to yours Kevin… thank you again!

  189. Su-sun says:

    thank you Kevin, from Amsterdam.It is inspiring and courageous for someone in the “public eye” to say this. I’d got to the same stage of frustration and confusion a few months back – aftrr years of narrowing down the adventure back to good health. the more I read the more divergent the paths forward and all “the only way to health”. I think the answer is the quality of the food we eat. eating food as close to its natural state as possible. i eat a little meat- as long as organic and grass fed. i drink milk as long as raw. avoiding hydrogenated,highly processed food, sugars, and food adulterated with antibiotics, or animals raised and fed unnaturally- that’s where I place my focus. But just as important i’ve come to realize after bashing my head so many times are lifestyle choices next to that: trying to learn to take time to relax, meditate, live consciously. it’s all about finding balance for
    me. so as for diet and going crazy with the different opinions and research and almost dogma… I’m turning within to listen to what is the answer for me. or at least learning to listen again.

    I LOVE what you do, and your authenticity Kevin!

  190. sandra says:

    Thanks for your honesty Kevin!
    You are way ahead of the pack so to speak. Once the blinders fall off you can never go back. I call it being a pioneer! You’re almost there, hold on! Learning , growing, but always staying grounded on a firm foundation will satisfy us with a long life.
    I appreciate all your hard work bringing us great information. You and many others have broadened my scope.. I love learning! I like using
    common sense too. If you want any product created or manufactured to work at its peak performance… wouldn’t you look to the users guide, the owners manual? The Bible has set me free. Its a firm foundation!
    Love you both (3)
    Sandra, OH

  191. Beth says:

    I really enjoyed reading this article. Normally I enjoy your videos more than your articles. Today is the exception to that. Fantastic article with great insight and honesty.

  192. Carolyn says:

    Most of the comments that I have read have been reguarding food (what we put in our mouth) however, I would like to quote George Malkmus as I think this is an appropriate time to reinstate another important principle written in 1995. ” In my 16 years of studying the body and how nutrition and exersize relate to it, I have found that a person who excersizes vigorously on a regular basis and yet eats a poor diet will USUALLY experience less physical problems than a person who eats well but does not exersize!” I think there is a lot of truth to that and “one of the greatest anti-depressants available is vigorous exersize. This is coming from a man who is still a raw food advocate -not to the extreme. He realized it is not just about what we put in our mouth, there is so much more. That is why the same diet will not do the same thing for each and every one of us.

  193. Tami says:

    Very much agree with this article. I am trying to share this philosophy with all of my clients: that everyone IS unique and needs to find out what works best for them, and forget cookie cutter food programs. There are just too many variables to expect one diet to work for everybody. I tend to shy away from health gurus that claim there is only one healthy way to eat for everyone. It’s great to see you opening up to a more expanded awareness. Keep up the good work Kevin!

  194. Patty says:

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh thank you!!! I am so glad you presented your thoughts. I too have been feeling like you….I have been wondering what the perfect diet is…..perhaps it has to do more with the overall balance each has. Thank you for your honesty, and for sharing your inner thoughts.

  195. Crystal says:

    I feel the exact same as you. I have bounced from one philosophy to another in the name of good health. I feel like I have taken several steps forward and backwards on this path.

    I have several questions I would love your opinion on. Do you do consultations?

    Thanks,
    Crystal Ashton.

  196. Ron says:

    I agree with you that reducing or eliminating refined sugar is a big part of a healthy life. Also for me it was eliminating refined vegetable oils, artificial sweeteners and getting healthy fats. Most of the rest is optional.

  197. DeAnna says:

    Timing is everything, as a woman who’s about to turn 45 and has been alternating my diet (vegetarian, vegan, raw) for about 25 years, has come to the conclusion that not only is everyone unique and different, but I myself need to alter my diet depending on age,spiritual practice, residence (environment), etc. For example, I grew up in Manhattan, moved to AZ, back to NY, then to California and now SW Florida. Dampness, dryness, pollutents, humidity all play with your constitution. Stress (life), emotions, are very important items to consider as well. Yes, agreed eliminate all toxic, processed foods from your diet. Eat organic as much as possible, be mindful of where your food came from, bless your food, eat when happy and truly hungry, eat for one not two, exercise, love, forgive and laugh. For people who have abused themselves with drugs, recreational and/or prescribed and who are dealing with serious illnesses….NO DOUBT….Hippocrates all the way. As my spiritual guru has taught me….it’s not so much what goes in your mouth but what comes out…practice clean speech and clean thoughts….PRACTICE moderation AND DISCERNMENT. Blessings to all

  198. Just breathing correctly can help you change your weight. I have done many self experiments.
    As a holistic health coach I never say diet to my clients, food plan is not so threatening and rigid, first three letters spell die.
    The less processing the better, eat it as raw and pure as possible. Eat till you are ALMOST full, chew well. Drink liquids before or after eating. It takes time for the brain to register satiety. If you exercise regularly and your portions are under control you will have results.
    The mind set needs adjustment as well, it’s not what you will be without but what you will be having and how it can benifit your wonderful body.

  199. Robin Z. says:

    Kevin,

    I just wanted to say thank you for writing this article. I have been struggling with what diet to follow for years now, depending on more on the volume of the voices around me than what my body was trying to tell me. Your frankness gives me courage to explore a variety of whole food options to see what would truly work best for my body, rather than condemning myself for not being able to go 100% raw vegan and feeling ashamed for it. So thanks again for sharing your thoughts.

  200. Lene says:

    I started following you about two months ago after I was looking for a new facial line and found your wife. You are the first blogger I have ever followed. What intrigued me was your view on diet. Over the past year I have been switching my family over to a mostly vegan raw food diet. However, with children I feel it is also necessary to keep a balance. I’ve found that most people believe in only one way without any exceptions, you held a different view. Most people want diet like they want their food…simple and fast. They want a clear cut answer on what to do, open the package throw it in the microwave for 3 minutes, without taking into consideration we have a complex body. I feel your voice is important to helping so many out there and I am grateful for the stance you have been willing to take and to share your honesty throughout it all. I look forward to continue to learn from the wealth of knowledge you have already gathered. Your journey is not one of solitude, I feel many people are walking this same path trying to figure out what is right.

    The most important thing I have learned so far is the importance of blood tests. My new journey is now trying to figure out exactly what tests need to be taken, how often, what about for children. Unless you hear it from someone else they don’t have books readily available to tell you exactly what you need. I am currently pregnant and have been vegan throughout the majority of it and my doctor has yet to even think about any extra testing that I haven’t specifically asked for. Its crazy how even doctors aren’t all educated in these manners…which leaves many of us to wonder where do we go now? Thank you for this article and so openly sharing your frustrations.

  201. Hilda says:

    Hi Kevin
    thanks for a very balanced article. What is truth? Everyone’s truth is different, every body is different, the hard part is finding out what is right for the individual. Dr Keith Scott-Mumby wrote about the elimination diet years ago, it makes sense to eliminate most foods from your diet and re-introduce foods gradually to see which ones react. Dowsing or kineseology might do it faster though personally I’ve never got the hang of dowsing, get a different answer to the same question :)
    Anyway I digress, keep up the good work, it’s good to know there are honest people out there who don’t profess to know everything. As someone earlier said makes your opinions more trustworthy then.
    Thanks again Kevin.

  202. Laurie says:

    Kevin, that was a “perfect” post, and I look forward to reading all of the responses that I knew you would get, because I’m sure it resonates with all of us at some level. My “journey” to health (including diet) has been an ever-evolving, ever-changing thing. I connected with you through the Raw Food World while hosting their East Bay Meetups, but have since moved on to something closer to the “Nutritarian” plan developed by Dr. Fuhrman, although I monitor what I eat more closely in a database to see what really works for me, whereas he advocates just following the general plan without worrying about the rest. I have since moved from an 80% raw diet to one that is probably more like 50%-50% (less raw in winter, more in summer) based on volume. I gave up refined carbs and sugar almost 10 years ago, but have gradually moved from a modified (way less fat) Atkins type of diet to a mostly raw diet (still avoiding the sugars that come from dates, agave, etc. in favor of Xylitol and certain sugar alcohols that provide some special health benefits)– my raw diet was initially more Paleo-based since my physicians have always told me that I needed more protein than most people, but as I started lowering my protein intake gradually–from 90 grams/day to, 80, 70, 60, 50 and now only 40g/day (I have a small frame and am under 5’2″), while giving up meat in favor of a mostly vegan diet (I’m not perfect–I occasionally have a bit of fresh whipped cream that I make with xylitol for my husband while I’m at home, or some sushi if I’m out), I have been getting healthier and healthier and my blood work keeps getting better and better. Science is an ever-changing phenomenon and I respect you for having the ability to keep up with it! I try my best but my time is limited, so that’s why we need folks like you out there. I’m sure that eventually I’ll be modifying my diet as more proven evidence on various subjects come out, but I am currently finally able to stay at my goal weight without difficulty and avoid common illnesses (no more colds, and I haven’t had a flu or fever in about 35 years now!)….
    Keep up the great work, and the wonderfully and refreshingly honest articles!
    Laurie

  203. Gordon says:

    Dear Kevin,

    Thanks for saying this:
    ‘I’d like to know what you think of what I share in it in the comments…’
    Renegade Health – Kevin Gianni.

    Here is my input:

    1.
    The right way to lose weight
    is
    in Love of the weight
    simply because
    that Love for ourselves and all others
    as light and weighty,
    as fat and thin,
    as fat and slim,
    as open and closed
    as etc and non-etc
    is
    the healthy and open mind
    that immediately makes us
    first lose
    the Over-Weight of Hate of self
    that is aka
    the Unhealthy and Closed Mind of Hate for self
    as overweight,
    and
    as any other words
    by which our minds: brains plus words: work,
    and which Hate of self as any word
    makes us overweight in the first place, and makes us overweight even when we are at the right weight,
    and makes us doubly overweight when overwweight,
    and makes regain any weight we lose since we never lost the real overweightiness of Hate of self as any word is the first place.

    2.
    This Attitude of Love for self as all words and their opposites
    is
    the mind open to all conflicting information,
    shows us that all conflicting information is natural and eminently concilable,
    and so then
    slays many dragons with one stone:

    A.
    Love consciously aligns and integrates all words and their opposites
    with the 26 Love-letters from a to z
    we all
    learned to love
    and loved to learn as kids,
    which 26 Love-letters were laid down and have been laying down in our subconscious
    waiting to be re-connected to the words in our consciousnesss,
    ever since
    those 26 Love-letters
    were disconnected
    from the Love-words they comprise
    when we as kids
    were first carefully mistaught
    the consonant dissonance
    of hating any words
    which were all composed of Love-letters!!!:( :)

    B.
    Love for all words and their opposites re-reveals to us as adults what we knew as kids:
    That each word and its opposite
    are interdefinable and composite!
    That is,
    that all words and their conflicting opposites are automatically reconcilable!
    So how we deal with conflicting information is to love all sides with 100% equal 100% Love.
    NB:
    10% Love is 100% of that little 10% Love.
    100% Love is 100% of that full 100% Love.

    C.
    Love for all words
    dissolves and corrects that primary fault of mind:
    The faulty and flawed Prejudice Of Hate:
    from any words
    by which POH all scientific and anecdotal observations are made faulty and flawed.
    There are more interconnections is any one brain than there are atoms in the Universe: so the capacity of the brain in Love of all words is easily able to handle and correctly process any amount of simple and complex information gathered.
    Therefore, the brain in Love processes all information as simply complex and as complicatingly simple.

    3.
    Love for all letters and words and their opposites
    is
    the first right healthy Diet of Mind
    that keeps us healthy in mind when sick in body,
    makes us doubly healthy when healthy: Healthy in Mind
    and
    Healthy in Body.
    The brain eats or digest words just as the stomach digests food as in Reaaders’ Digest.
    So
    Love for all words
    provides the brain with all of its necessary ontological food
    by making all words the foods of Love!
    Love therefore is the food of foods, the food that goes with all other foods and diets and so makes all other diets work!

    The above 3 points I hope lend you all the encouragement, Kevin, to know that your observations were and are right on the Mark of Love and Respect!

    Love just happens to be The GOAT we should learn from:
    The Greatest Of All Time!:)

    All Love and Respect,
    Gordon.

  204. LynnCS says:

    Thanks, L1Z for your poignant sharing of what must have been excruciating. Glad you are doing better. I have been told we often crave what our bodies shouldn’t have. Your list shows a lot of what I crave and probably should stay away from. Fortunately as long as I do stay away from them, I am ok and get better. As soon as I give in, I go downhill. Funny how cravings work and how weak the human will is. You helped me see how serious it can become. Thank you. I do have a question for you. Did your nutritionist separate sugar from fruit (sugar?) There are strong and opposing opinions on this issue. Would love to hear more details about your recommended diet. Thanks, Lynn

  205. VERY INTERESTING AND THANKS FORTHE ENDEAVOUR!

  206. Autumn says:

    Yes this is how I feel- –
    The true answer is there is no single answer–

    It is a matter of managing the polarities and allowing them to progress over time into what works for you at that time- –

    Not an either or but a both/and outlook on learning to truly nourish your own body/mind

  207. Tara says:

    Your post today was spot on. Sugar and other refined carbs set me off on a binge and prevent weight loss and cause many health problems. Besides toxins this group of food seems to be the real bad guy of the bunch.

    Animal protein eaten once or twice a week doesn’t seem to cause people problems – for the most part. Anyone who thinks raw food isn’t the best stuff ever really aren’t thinking clearly. However, purist diet beliefs are too rigid and can cause failure.

    I doubt that the longest living people on our earth really bothered to be purists when it came to eating. More like moderate eaters who persistently excercised regularly.

    Great post.

  208. Jackie says:

    Kevin I can only say, “You are a true hero”

    You are the only one who’s been in my mailbox for about 3 or even 4 years now and you still have a long way to go if it was up to me.

    10/10 for being honest, 10/10 for being open minded…..bravo

  209. Christine says:

    Kevin, in regards to dairy products (and meat as well), check out Jordan Rubin and Beyond Organic – he has a very personal story of healing and developed Beyond Organic as a result. He has writen several books but his latest, “Live Beyond Organic” is exceptional – he explains your body’s design for health in plain & simple terms.

  210. Steve says:

    I agree..

    We gave up the standard American diet and went vegetarian and from that we went to a mostly vegan diet adopting the nutritarian philosphy of Joel Fuhrman, MD but for the past 6 months we have been doing low carb.

    Each change has brought about increased benefits. First I cured my diverticulosis by eating oatmeal 5 days a week and then on Dr. Fuhrman’s plan my wife and I lost 40 pounds and kept it off 2 years and going [my wife lost even more] Now doing low carb we are not regaining weight and our blood sugar and lipids have improved.

    There are indeed advantages to keeping an opened mind. I am eating foods now that two years ago I would not touch.

    You have to read everything and reject what you believe to be wrong and accept what you can prove to be right. Sometimes the only way to prove it to be right is to try it for yourself.

  211. Diane says:

    Also got there recently. I get newsletters from a lot of food & nutrition gurus & chefs. Honestly, the focus on food has been TOO MUCH .. it’s insane & not balanced living. I decided to wean myself & give that attention to God & His Word, which is much more profitable.

  212. KC says:

    I have gone through a similar journey and now after 12 years of veggi, vegan, raw and 1 large thyroid later I am back to eating organic meat and some dairy. I was very die hard and because of that it might have hurt me. We can only do our best and do what is right for our mind body and soul. Enjoy the journey!!!

  213. Nori says:

    Kevin… Thank you for this post. I’ve gone through so many diets in my lifetime and I’ve finally come to a place of serenity when it comes to what I eat and what others eat. We have to do what’s best for us. Every body (Body–literally) is uniquely and beautifully made and what works for me might not work for another person. Our bodies want to heal themselves and some may need dairy, another meat, and yet another all fruits and veggies, and it’s not my place to judge.

    I’ve given up putting myself in a category (raw foodist, vegan… whatever) and I’m paying attention to what foods make me feel good and energized. I’m paying attention to what foods I am addicted to and find other healthy options. And I’ve also come to realize that I can’t get all my nutrients from food and sometimes I need to take supplements. I’ve extended grace to myself and I’ve been doing that with others and I’m amazed by how they’ve responded. When I let go… they became more open and started asking questions… then they started to make changes… What I’ve been learning is that I just need to listen to my body… it will tell me what it needs… and that is ever evolving. So, thank you again for this post… it was refreshing. Blessings to you and Annmarie!!

  214. Julia says:

    Kevin, good article and I can appreciate your “growing pains” in learning about diet and health as I think anyone truly interested in these areas quickly discovers the confusion and difficuly in ascertaining truths. I really like and relate to your open mindedness. I’m extremely open minded with new information, and also like you, I’m an “extremist” when it comes to health issues.

    I think that the only “diet” I would generalize for all people is a whole foods diet, avoiding all processed foods. I think that is a one size fits all, bare minimum basics. From there, the particulars (raw, vegan, paleo, etc.), can be customized for individual needs – let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.

    You stated in the article, “Jonny and I have had moments of disagreement when it comes to diet (he recommends a Paleo type diet, while I have a high raw approach).”

    I do not see how these necessarily must be in opposition. Even Dr. Mercola would say so. Dr. Mercola strongly promotes the paleo diet, but also eats mostly high raw, including raw meats, raw eggs, and raw milk.

    In my own personal journey I have been vegetarian, vegan, and now I am currently transitioning into a more paleo diet, though I still plan to eat some grains such as quinoa and possibly millet and oatmeal occasionally, particularly while transitioning. You have to up your vitamin E levels for safe paleo diet, but synthetic vitamin E is toxic, so I still have more research to do to safely transition. If you do paleo to quickly your body can go into a certain “hibernation mode”.

    I am not overweight, by the way – I am about 5’4 and weigh about 110 lbs and very thin framed. I’m very petite and have to buy work uniforms in xx small, actually. So weight loss is not an issue for me, and that’s why I skipped over this article for a while and just now decided to read it; for me it’s just for health, and healing my gut, etc. My goal will be high raw inclusive of raw goat/camel milk kefirs and yogurts, lots of fermented foods, meats and fish including raw or rare done, possibly raw eggs (still have some more research to do on the raw eggs because I know of some cancer causing viruses in eggs – from the vaccine research I’ve done, so I’m cautious). And of course a large quantity of mostly raw veggies and some fruits, lots of juicing/smoothies as well.

    Again, I think the general approach is whole foods, then from there a more individualized approach for specific health challenges – let your food be your medicine. Your example with dairy is a good example. I agree with high raw. It would be awesome if naturopathic doctors, nutritionists/dietitians, etc., started doing more population studies – as long as they are methodologically strong and free of conflicts of interests.

    At any rate, Kevin, I would like to reduce your stress over this. I do not expect you to have all of the answers and likely most others do not as well. You might feel the pressure because many people turn to you with questions. That’s the beauty of it, though, we must all question. That is our journey to question. Your article was open, honest, genuine, as you, along with us all, search for answers. Your discussions contribute to the valuable body of information in all of our individual and collective searches for answers.

    Perhaps it is possible that you are a “J” in the Myers Briggs 16 type personality test and you feel most comfortable when things are decided and settled and therefore in times of confusion or discord you feel more stress. Just as you developed your open mindedness, you can develop more tolerance of things not being settled and leaving things open-ended.

    I wish you and your family great health and joy. Thanks for providing good info to the public. I didn’t know about Jonny and so now I have another person’s ideas to research, and that’s great. Thank you.

  215. Brianna says:

    Amen, Kev. Amen! :)

  216. Nikki says:

    I’ve come to believe that the best thing to do is gather info from a variety of sources (people on of all different ideologies, eg. raw, vegan, paleo, etc.) and then EXPERIMENT for yourself! I did the high raw vegan thing for about 5 months after a basically calorie and fat restricted vegetarian diet, and found that I just didn’t feel balanced/grounded/satisfied. So I added some cooked gluten free grains. I did this for about 2 months at which time I added some gluten containing whole grains. So still pretty darn clean and “healthy” but the honest truth is that I didn’t notice much of any benefit from eating like this. Starting about 2 weeks ago I decided to conduct a little experiment… I added a bunch of “processed crap” to my diet (soy and store bought almond milk, tofu, immitation veggie meat, whole wheat kaiser buns, pita pockets, fat free miracle whip, box cereal) and I am seeing if I notice any changes from my time of extreme clean eating. So far nothing. It is almost seeming like it really doesn’t matter. Different things work for different people, and sometimes what works for you at one time in your life won’t necessarily work for you down the road and vice versa. It’s just a game I guess.

  217. Kathy says:

    I’m very glad you did not throw this away!
    I’m mainly vegan-raw-but I do HAVE to eat fish or I get faint.

    I once had enlarged lymph nodes onthe side of my neck, they stuck out like thick almonds and the doctors were concerned it was cancer. I went on a strict Macrobiotic diet. Within 30 days ALL symptoms were gone.My neck was back to normal.

    Years ago, After being vegetarian for years, I was not feeling healthy and my naturopath said tests revealed I needed to eat fish
    I had not had flesh– for over a decade. I bought a filet of flounder–broiled it, wrinkled my nose, tried to eat it and gagged

    I refused to eat fish until years later I had sporadic fainting spells which stopped almost immediately when I ate fish–I forced myself to–it was the best alternative of poultry or red meat. Now it’s no big deal.

    Turns out the doctor who told me my test type revealed I needed to eat fish–was Peter D’damo who wrote EAT RIGHT FOR YOUR TYPE. I was his patients years before that book came out–and I secretly thought the test was silly –which was why I only gave it a half try—-but years later—he was absolutely right.

    There is no one way–I would prafer NOT to eat fish–but there’s mistaking how my body reacts–when I do not have that protein.

  218. Amber says:

    I eat a paleo diet. It works best for me. I’m very sensitive to carbohydrates. My mom, grandma and great grandma are diabetic. My doctor said I’m in great health, but if I eat over a 1/2 cup of starch in one serving I get jittery.

    I get my meat from local farms. The meat is grass-finished and toxin-free. Not everyone gets their meat from factory farms. I eat my meat with a LOT of vegetables which are alkaline, so it balances out.

    I love animals and don’t wish to hurt them, so I’m careful about sourcing my food. I don’t believe it’s wrong or cruel to kill animals for food. Animals eat other animals in the wild. It’s the cycle of life. I give thanks to them and to the plants I eat.

    I don’t bother debating diet(s) anymore since it’s impossible to please everyone. I used to be vegan and was very passionate about it, but it wasn’t right for me in the end.

    Thanks for sharing that with everyone.

  219. Jan says:

    We are so different from one another–like snowflakes. I feel and function better on foods that are “clean” for me. Organic red meat, greens and all forms of fat (I have toast with my butter). I have been very stringent in the past and, for me, it creates stress. I eat as well as I want, allow for the occasional sweet, and exercise 3X/week to keep my mind and body in shape. Be kind to yourself. The goal is to get to the end as healthy, happy and comfortable as is possible without a life of complete denial.

  220. Mario says:

    Hi, very nice one. I think to keep it short: We keep us so much busy to get to know more and more about the right food and searching the things we want to hear, that we forget to eat.

    Greetings from Mauritius

  221. ilona says:

    Hi Kevin,
    Nice piece of work.

    you can keep searching for the one and only right diet, right proof, right reasons or you can let it go and open your mind for greatest possibility. I think that the debate which diet is the best diet will never die. We accept the fact that we human fall into a few categories when it comes to: skin colour (race) and even skin type (dry, oily etc); hair type (afro, blond), blood type, personality type, body shape type, etc.
    we could put everything into certain categories or mix of those, and I mean everything from eye colour to religion. So why wouldn’t we do the same with diet? Some people will fall into macrobiotic diet eater some will be raw food eater etc.

    I think trying to proof which diet is the one is very much like trying to proof which religion is the one. We shall rather find out which diet is the one for us – as an individual.

  222. Cherry says:

    This article is like looking in a mirror. I think many of us are coming to the same place with all this. Use common sense things like elimination of stuff that is definitely not good and test your body on the rest.

    Our society is poking way too much info at us no matter what field we are in and too much info is too much stress. I strongly feel at least 80% of our physical prblms are from our minds not being at rest and too many voices out there shouting opposing thoughts. I feel as if things are screaming at me from every angle when I get too much info and my brain wants to blow. We were not created to be this way.

    I have been really convicted lately of one thing that stands true above all else. Above all God wants us to prosper and be in health “even” as our soul prospers. Our soul is our mind, will, and emotions. When they are in line with Him then we will prosper and be in health When we seek his kingdom first all these other things will come in line. Matt 6:31-33 Therefore do not worry saying, “What shall we eat? or What shall we drink?”………..But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. No matter if you acknowledge God or not his principals work. When your mind is at rest your body is healthy no matter what type of “healthy” food choice you make. Man’s opinions will pass away but God’s word will not.

  223. Cherry says:

    PS…..after several years of a raw lifestyle, a few months back I stopped listening and reading emails on all this. I just became too much. I had filtered all other opinions in the health world out except for you Kevin. Not trying to butter you up but I just have a respect for the things you say. It has really made me feel better not reading all that. When I read your topic on this I just could not help myself this time and took a peek. Glad I did. You are on your way to a good place to be. Thanks for sharing and not fearing what others may think.

  224. Angiecafriend says:

    Wow, I just loved this post, more than any I’ve read in a very long time! So true, so honest, so insightful. This affects us all. We want to do what’s best, and we gather all the data we can find and try to discern truth from fiction. But it seems that there may be more than one truth after all, and we just have to find our own personal formula that works. For me, I feel that whole, real foods in the WAP tradition promotes health, but I haven’t found it to lead to weight loss. So I’m constantly trying to go back and forth between a few favorite experts to find what works best for me.
    Thanks for your open and engaging viewpoint.

  225. David says:

    A defining and jaw dropping moment in all your posts on healthy diet… great post.

  226. Barb says:

    Wow is right Kevin. I figure: if it wasn’t around 100 years ago, don’t eat it. Stop eating the white stuff.
    Barb

  227. Adriana says:

    I try it and see how I feel…Really simple, but time consuming. Kevin, what do you think of the Kauffman anti-fungal diet? I’ve gotten the best results from that as long as I take probiotics. I believe it is quite similar to the Paleo diet, but the reasons behind it are a universe apart. Loved your rant.

  228. Lisa says:

    I agree..thats why I have stayed off raw sites and pale sites everyone is fighting..I just do my on thing..What U know fro research The ancients said 3 are 3 types of humans.. like things that grow under ground. on top of the ground and in the sky to reach for.. 3 levels..of humans.. and these eat from the various sources that give you energy from the sun.. wether it be direct from plants or from animals or a combo… I need to re-look it up but Terrestial was of the earth and Celestial was of eating of the heavens..what was in trees.. etc.. so they r different types of people that have a different need.. and different energy makeup and soul level as well.. so not one way can be the way.. you do travel closer to the sun… to evolve. but if u feel better eating both until you can reach the heavens and it is true and pure for you then u will know.. no judge .. nothing forced or u will fail…
    so :
    1 meat based
    2 meat/ plant
    2.5 meat, plant, fruit
    3. veggie/ herbs, fruits..nuts..

    of course all can eat of the sections.. but it was all based on life cycles.. so u fit in one of these 3 groups.. and would evolve or not through them.. but it didnt matter if you never changed.. they needed different types of people to do different things just as in nature.. we have it all there too..from predators.. and on.. follow the cycles and u can be more free and be where you are..and evolve when u feel like it and are ready.. just my 2 cents.. hope I explained this right. haha I am a bit tired.. :D

  229. Kerry says:

    This is a great post. I completely agree that a lot of different types of diet can work. Most every time, the main question is whether this individual can stick with this diet, and that depends on the person a lot more than on the diet. One thing … you might want to fix your link to the actual program of Unleash your Thin because it looks like it is going to the wrong page right now. Best, Kerry.

  230. Tawny says:

    Hi Kevin – you are so right on with this….especially the part about having an open mind equals a healthy one. I too have had extreme views in the past and have recently begun to introduce grass fed organic beef into my diet in order to heal – something I have been vehemently opposed to in the past. It’s true that no one diet fits all… We all have to do what’s best for our particular situation at any given time. Life changes and so should out diets. Awesome post!

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