Do You Eat Super-Healthy, But Still Feel Like Crap? : Exclusive Renegade Health Article

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kevin eating corn stalk
Eating cornstalk in Peru — Hey, I’ll try anything to get healthier, so should you…

I’m pretty sure you’ve been there before…

(And if you haven’t yet, you may one day.)

I know I was.

I was eating what I thought was the best diet on the planet and I didn’t have enough energy to get out of bed.

It was a freaky time in my life.

I was scared but I was also unwilling to dig deep enough into my diet beliefs to really make any real changes — so I just managed to eat varying permutations of the raw food diet — which didn’t work for me.

Today, I have a question from Meg, who seems like she may be going through some similar issues. I’m going to share some of my experience to help get her — and anyone else — unstuck…

“Hey Kevin and Annmarie! So like you guys my husband and I have tried to take our health in our own hands the last 2 yrs especially after no answers or solutions from doctors including the Mayo Clinic. We are in our early 30’s with 2 lil ones and struggle with our day to day. Our current diet consist mostly of juices fruits veggies and flaxseed oil. I have tried mostly raw and am trying the Gerson currently on my own (modified). No matter what despite all our efforts we do not seem to see any improvement. I was wondering if I could get some input/suggestions from you and all your experience and knowledge. We are considered an enigma and we do not know where to turn. Thank you and hope to connect with someone else that thinks the way I do.”

Thanks for writing in and reading!

While it may seem like your family is enigmatic, chances are there you’re probably much closer to feeling better than you may think. You just may not be looking in all the right places.

In my personal story, I was feeling like crap too. I was tired, weak, crampy, and agitated more than normal. It was wearing on me. Sometimes, I really couldn’t get out of bed.

But for me, I have to admit, I was pretty fortunate. Instead of visiting doctor after doctor with no answers at all, I was lucky enough to have access to two great natural health doctors. One of them was Dr. J. E. Williams.

With Dr. Williams, I quickly was able to determine what really was happening with my hormones and my low nutrient levels so I could pinpoint the cause of my lethargy and eradicate it.

So for you and your family Meg, I think a similar approach is warranted.

Now, I have no idea what your challenges are and how sick you may or may not be, but I do know that a simple framework will help you get on the right track.

Here’s the process I recommend to people who ask…

1. Get Tested.

You knew it would be here, but one of the quickest ways to determining which diet works best for you is to get your blood tested.

Now, as many of you know, this doesn’t mean to just get a Complete Blood Profile (CBC) from the doctor — it means getting a well organized panel that’s based on your needs.

Here’s a sample one from “The Complete Blood Test Blueprint” Program which covers a lot of the bases for someone who’s eating healthy, but just doesn’t seem right.

This is a list to get:

  • CBC – Complete Blood Count with Differential and Platelets
  • Chemistry/Metabolic Panel
  • Lipid Panel with LDL/HDL ratio
  • TSH, (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone)
  • Cortisol, AM Fasting
  • DHEA-s
  • Pregnenolone
  • Hemoglobin A1c
  • Insulin
  • Homocystine
  • C-Reactive Protein (Cardiac)
  • Vitamin B12, serum
  • Vitamin D, 25-hydroxy
  • Total Iron

You should be able to get these, either direct from your doctor, or online at a company like DirectLabs.com.

2. Do an elimination diet.

After you get your tests back, you’ll want to make adjustments based on the results, but before then, you can do a simple elimination diet to help you start to reset and figure out if there is anything that is interfering with your body and causing some of your symptoms.

An elimination diet simply removes many of the known food allergens and processed foods. So a basic list of things to eliminate is here:

  • Soda
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Caffeine
  • Sugar (Excluding Fruits)
  • Wheat / Gluten
  • Soy
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Any GMO Foods
  • Dairy Products

3. Experiment with macronutrient percentages.

Sometimes your issue isn’t necessarily the diet that you’re eating, it’s just an imbalance of macronutrients.

Macronutrients are the big three — fat, carbohydrate and protein.

There are a bunch of theories about what percentages work, but if you’re eating a bunch of fat, little carbohydrates and little protein, you may want to switch it up and eat less fat and more protein, or less fat and more carbohydrates.

Playing around with these macronutrients may save you a lot of headache and stress if you hit your percentages right.

For me, I gain weight with to many complex carbs (excluding fruit carbs), smell awful with too much fat (and feel that way too), and I work really well with a higher percentage of protein.

What percentage do I eat?

I honestly have no idea. I hardly keep track to give you something accurate enough as a percentage. I will say, I make it a point to add protein into my diet regularly.

4. Examine your beliefs about food.

This, along with #5, is the hardest thing to do.

If you’ve tried all the other things above and still feel like garbage, it’s time to dig deeper.

It took me a long time to do so.

A friend of mine, as I was going through my struggles, suggested that I try some fermented goat kefir to help restore my energy and my gut. I laughed at her.

I wasn’t interested. I was vegan and proud of it.

She said, that’s fine, I respect that — and it was over.

What I didn’t know until later, was that she planted a seed that started to germinate without me even knowing it.

About 6 months later, after I felt I had tried just about everything I could think of, I remembered what she said.

I, of course hesitated, because I been vegan for so long and didn’t want something like goat kefir to work — it was bad for my ego.

But I managed to stop my head from analyzing it just enough to tell myself that I was doing an experiment and I could always go back if it didn’t work.

So, I went to a local market and bought some goat kefir. Once I was home, I sat down and drank nearly the whole liter.

There was something in it that I craved massively.

For about 3 months, I ate kefir or yogurt daily — probably too much — until right around month 4 I was done. I felt like I didn’t need it any more.

But during that time, my energy stores came back. I felt better than I had before, and along with some of the supplements I was taking, knew I had broken out of my dogmatic thinking to find something that really worked for me.

For you, Meg, or anyone else, you don’t have to stop being vegan or vegetarian if you don’t want, but I urge you — if you are feeling badly and haven’t figured it out after years of trying, you may want to consider doing experiments that are out of your health dogma comfort zone.

Keep in mind, in order to do so, you may have to consciously forget everything you’ve learned in the past about the diet you feel is the best — whether it’s vegan, raw food, paleo, or anything else.

5. Try something different.

If I hadn’t tried that kefir, I still might be in a spiral about how I was feeling and never getting the results — maybe like the enigma energy that you’re feeling, Meg.

I know this for certain, if you’re banging your head against the wall with your diet, it’s not going to help to change the kind of wall, or change the frequency of each bang. What you have to do is change what you’re doing — banging your head — and see if it brings relief.

I thought I was breaking out of my mold by trying other raw food products, but I was ignoring a part of my ancestral diet — some animal foods — that I just wasn’t ready to accept as something I needed.

Now that my energy is back to normal and I’m stronger than I’ve been in 5 years, I’m now further experimenting with how little or how much animal foods my body can tolerate. I’m using my blood tests to see just how my body reacts and to keep myself in check along the way.

It’s a pragmatic, non-dogmatic approach that works for me.

Maybe it will work for you too.

That’s about it. There are obviously things I missed and everyone is different, but I want to extra clear that I (1) do not think everyone who is vegan needs animal products and (2) my diet may change at any given moment, but the baseline I use is my own blood tests and I make adjustments from the results — I do not make changes based on books, expert opinion or much else.

I listen, yes, but use my tests as evidence of a job well done, or one that needs a little TLC.

Your question of the day: How have you fixed an issue with your diet?

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. Susie says:

    Kevin,
    I love love love this article. I encourage my community to experiment to find what works for their unique bodies. We are the gurus of our own bodies. No doctor, expert, or counselor can truly give us better guidance than to listen to our own bodies! Thanks again for sharing your experience.
    Best! Susie

  2. Suzanne says:

    Wonderful article! I always appreciate how thoughtful, scientific, pragmatic, and balanced your thoughts are and that your journey has been.

    One quick question–I want to copy this article (and some others that you write). Is there a way to make a printer-friendly copy? Thanks!

  3. M. Paterson says:

    I found that dairy makes me break out on my back. Acne like. Has been that way since I was in high school (quite a while ago). Then I stopped diary and it went away. Also, I never ever get a pimple on my face anymore. Which before, I always had one or two at the most. Always. All through my adult life. I thought it was hereditary since my mother told me she had that problem too. Well, it all went away when I stopped dairy. (sad, because I love milk and cheese etc). Anyway, my question is, do you know of anyone else who has this problem AND do you think I will have the same trouble with goat’s milk.

    I WANT to drink diary kefir. Because honestly that is the only thing that got my regular. I started drinking raw cow’s milk kefir that I made with real kefir “grains”. Then I did bowel cleanses and I have not been regular since. I want my flora back!!!! Water kefir does not do it for me, fermented foods does not do it for me, probiotic supplementation (the best I knew of to try) does not do it for me. But cow’s milk kefir WILL and in matter of days. In fact, my regularity did not go away until I cleansed which was long after I stopped drinking dairy. So the benefit was permanent until I messed it up by cleansing my bowel! That is my motivation for wanting to drink dairy again, at least for a short while.

    Thanks!

  4. I had the same experience with eggs. It took a lot to overcome the barrier from being a proud vegan, but once I ate the first egg I couldn’t stop until I had eaten the entire box. I went back and bought more and for the next few weeks I ate half a dozen eggs per day. I craved them with a passion until I felt sated and now I only eat them once in a while.

    The only negative side effect I experienced from my egg binge is that I almost got fired from my job at a raw vegan company. Oops!

  5. John W says:

    Great article, thanks! Many peeps suffer because of their rigid beliefs about diet, often conflating these beliefs with a religious fervor. The operating principle in a healing change may not be what you think. With goat kefir the high fat and/or animal protein, and probably not, IMO, the probiotics, may have been the operating principle that caused improvement. As kefir the protein is easier to digest, and, IMO, the bacteria may be irrelevant. There was a need for more and denser nutrition. The idea is, don’t make quick assumptions, based on rigid beliefs, even about your “next big thing”.

  6. Carol says:

    Kevin, you’ve mentioned many times that you took supplements to help recover from your adrenal exhaustion. Will you please share what products specifically helped you recover?

  7. joe says:

    every time I turned vegan or vegetarian my friends asked me if I have been sick? than I thought Jesus ,prophet Mohammed Buddha was not vegetarian neither was the ancient Rishis of India or the dahlai Lama.so I eat anything that does not move. Joe

  8. Carol says:

    M. Patterson, you should not have a problem with raw milk as it has all the live enzymes in tact, whereas the ‘other milk’ does not have enzymes and it’s full of antibiotics, pus and all sorts of nasty stuff…hence the toxins that pop out on your back!

  9. Brenda says:

    No gluten for me. I was lethargic, bloated, and had brain fog. I don’t miss the gluten products at all and my body and mind is so much more happy.
    😀

  10. Alice says:

    I’ve been vegan for 8 years, and have discovered that having hemp seeds in smoothies everyday has helped my back and face acne considerably, I have probably been lacking all the good fats!
    Great article!
    Thanks

  11. cindi says:

    i guess i am kinda floundering around rite now not sure what i need…. whatever is wrong with me…. and they have not named it yet… but i have a very special friend who studies chinese medicine telling me i need meat especially rite now as i am low in B12 and omega fats… she also says i need cooked soft foods to get well…. while my heart is telling me i need live raw foods… so i am going to try the raw foods for 30 days and see if my symptoms get better and if they do… i will just continue on with that and if not…. i honestly do not know….. i found a dr who will test me for ALS because i need to know… i need a name for this thing so i can figure out how to fite it… u know? thank u Kevin and Ann for all that u do for all of us always….

  12. This is a very hot button issue with me. At one point, I was diagnosed with PCOS and insulin resistance. I’m now told I no longer have either which I believe is a result of my diet. Doctors told me that wasn’t possible. I think they’re wrong.

    The pressing issue for me, though, is my thyroid. I’m hyperthyroid. I have, thus far, (politely) refused radioactive iodine treatment. I’ve also been kicked out of a couple of endocrinology practices as a result. I have seen excellent results with my thyroid by going to a raw vegan, high goitrogen diet. I can go from an undetectable TSH to one that registers at .50 with only 1 month raw vegan. My free T4 lags behind by a month or two, but improves as well.

    Unfortunately, it’s a fine line between where my body accepts that diet and does well and where my body throws a fit and I start to lose energy if I don’t get some meat. I don’t eat much, usually only once a week…but that seems to be what my body, which naturally runs low in iron, seems to need. Iron found in veggies just isn’t enough for my body. I also tend to run low on sodium because I don’t eat enough salt (i.e.-any) when I’m raw vegan.

    So, yeah. I get having to watch your levels and adjust your diet accordingly. I also get the need to look outside the “raw vegan is best” box. Those who are raw vegan purists don’t agree with my reasoning, but it’s just what I’ve found works best for my body.

    And I know full well that what works today may not be what works 4 years from now. I think we’ve got to be always willing to keep our minds open nutritionally. As our bodies change, so might our dietary needs.

    (And I’m still looking for the magic answer to keep my thyroid regulated all the time.)

  13. Hi Kevin,
    How would you recommend going about looking for a natural health doctor? Since my experience with Lyme 3 years ago, I found out my regular doc was almost useless and haven’t been to a traditional doc since. Lyme docs are plenty, but not many good ones out there. So, here I am broke and need the tests you described, but I don’t want to aimlessly shell out $$ to an unknown doc. Thanks

  14. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. I too tried raw vegan and it didn’t work for me personally. I started to come to terms with my body’s needs while reading Lierre Keith’s “The Vegetarian Myth” and dug deeper into Weston Price Foundation. Now at 48, I feel better than I have in years and I’ve made peace with the fact that I need diverse foods to thrive. I respect your perspective and advice to “Examine Your Beliefs About Food,” it could be just the thing to turn one’s health around.

  15. Lana says:

    I felt like crap, got diagnosed with diabetes during my pregnancy and have had blood sugar issues ever since. Went to Dr Cousens place, fasted, went on raw, felt great, more energy and better well-being. I have stayed on the carb restricted raw food diet Dr Cousens put me on, but now, after a year, I feel like crap again. I am afraid to make dietary changes as every time I do my sugars go up again and it takes sometimes as much as two weeks to get them back down. While I think that dietary experimentation is good for many, the risks associated with my condition make it a slippery slope. Any other advice?

  16. Goat and sheep dairy products do not have the allergy reaction problems like cow dairy does. Although there is some cross reactivity between cow and goat, but it is rare. Raw cow dairy can still cause a reaction in some people. You would do better with raw goat dairy products. I had the same problem with breakouts on my face and back with cow dairy. Not anymore, now that I am eating mostly dairy free, with occasional goat cheese and sheep cheese on my brown rice pasta once a week.

  17. Esther says:

    I so love the comments, but especially the articles and blogs. None of us has it all together, but as we share what we do know, it might just be enough for someone alse to finish off their puzzle – to have a lightbulb moment! This one on kefir simply cements it for me. For about 12months or so I have held the belief that we are deficient in out “good bacteria”, and when we incorporate Pre-biotics, Enzymes, and Pro-biotics, wonders take place in our health. Whether it be kefir or an all round good bacteria supplement, it is a definite must for todays modern world. Let’s not forget that good plant based food (incl. lost of raw)together with exercise, rest, sunshine, meditation, clean water etc., also are key players.Here’s to good health!

  18. Jim says:

    Stay Away from any Nut or Seed Oils, they are poly-unsaturated and dangerous. Personally I use what has been tried, tested and proven over 4500 years of living proof.
    We need Good Fat, Fat that Heal and the only such Fat is O LIVE Oil.
    But real good Olive Oil is harder to get than real truthful information as every one out there is promoting their product.
    I have found such incredibly high quality Olive Oil after 12 years of research and if you would like to know about it just send me an email at rawthyme@yahoo.ca

  19. Tina says:

    Kev; one of the best articles you’ve written; I couldn’t agree more; I’ll be sharing this article with my clients. Thanks for all you do!

  20. Laura says:

    No Gluten for me as well! The funny thing is I was tested and it was negative so I thought that this was not the problem. Since my nephew tested positive I stopped all gluten and now feel great!

  21. Jeanne Schmelzer says:

    This goes to show you how different people react to different foods. I’m intolerant of goat milk. I grew up on raw goat milk and it caused serious asthma and sneezing and runny nose. I never figured out it was the goat milk because my Dad’s diarrhea went away when he switched from cow to goat milk and so the rest of the family just assumed that no one would have a problem with goat milk. I even was the person who milked the goats and became intolerant of goat (animal) dander. I never knew all this until later in life. When I left home I quit goat milk because it wasn’t available and could do cow milk better. And subsequently and inadvertently healed up the problem 🙂 Nowadays I just don’t do milk unless it is raw milk cheese (from cows).

  22. Rick says:

    Not sure you’ve ‘covered the bases’ on this one Kev…2 years ago I was in bad shape- came to realize I had 14 out of 17 of the symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue. Saliva test verfied my cortisol was lower than low. Went on bio-identical Isacort..that helped a lot. Found out the adrenals crank out 50 or so hormones-and that several of mine were out of whack.

    Estrogen hitting at my testosterone levels contributed also-among other factors.

    But perhaps most important found out that stress is indeed a large factor- and the way my ego was mis-handling my divorce was a major cause of my problems.

    Goat kefir or something else might have helped some- but sorting out my head needed to happen before any diet would work- stress usually is not diet related- tho of course we can stress ourselves over what we believe to be the correct diet- with ‘what we believe’ being the operative words.

    The most perfect diet -whatever that might look like-is not going to do its job on a stressed out body.. Our minds-and spirits-are affected by many things other than the food we eat.

  23. Cathy says:

    To Amy, I’ve been taking Ashwagandha for over a year now & my adrenal & thyroid has balanced out. I have more energy & alertness.

  24. Donna says:

    Kevin I did exactly what you recommend above: I got tested, made small changes and tried a new approach. From testing I found adrenal fatigue and autoimmune thyroid illness. Stopped all gluten, dairy, sugar (even most fruit) and chose to be vegan 80% raw. Added more sleep. In 4 months have lost over 30 pounds, aches and pains are gone, I look 20 years younger and I feel great. Looking forward to my retesting at 6 months. Biggest surprise is what a huge benefit can be realized from really small changes. I was “almost” gluten free, and “almost” dairy free, and “almost” sugar free and had been “almost” raw vegan for 6 months but nothing was working. Soon as I stopped 100% of the gluten, sugar and dairy the magic started happening. No such thing as “occasional”. Now its “never” for gluten, dairy and sugar.

  25. Josea Sea says:

    yes..yesyesyes…i’ve gone within this past year from being hard core raw vegan ‘believer’ who was constantly fatigued to juice fasting..feeling amazing but still tired to master cleansing & feeling amazing but STILL tired to Body Ecology…but STILL tired to finding that eating free range organic bison, bone broths and lots of fish (and considering birds-though maybe not hybridized chicken) and lots of veggies and some dairy plus lots of green juice and feeling amazing and full of energy. I’ve also really been focusing on healing my adrenals ie sleeping enough and drinking tulsi tea, taking cordyceps mushrooom extract, reishi, chaga, maca …i’m still experimenting …i find like you Kevin i need a lot of protein… plus a lot of veggies and veggie juice to keep it all moving and feeling light… i have a lot more energy now and i’m still experimenting…last night ate some garbanzo beans sprouted and steamed as my son loves them and notice my bowels are not as good today. We have been dealing with some very persistent pinworms for almost 5 years and this I have not found the complete cure for yet…its very difficult because i can take tons of garlic and get rid of them easily but to get that into my 4.5 year old son …impossible…so we can’t seem to fully beat them. If anyone has any suggestions there i would be so grateful…just got a zapper and i’m hoping that will help as it doesn’t have to go into him just on the skin…

  26. Jean Hart says:

    Excellent topic – excellent article!
    We can eat the best food on the planet, but if it’s an allergen to our blood type, then we can still feel crummy. Type O’s = absolutely no dairy or wheat. Some grains are OK, while Type A = total vegan or vegetarian, works very nicely. If nothing is working, it’s worth looking into Dr. D’Adamo’s book, “Eat Right 4 Your Type”.
    Blessings!

  27. Ira Edwards says:

    At 81, in perfect health, I have never had the medical or dietary problems I read so much about. I just eat food and have no problems with it. Perhaps it is because I began life in poverty on an Iowa farm, dirt and all, with the usual childhood diseases and few vaccinations, and developed a good immune system from the beginning.
    I think much of our chronic disease results from modern processed foods, vegan or not, raw or cooked, and modern drugs and the effect on our gut biota. I learn much attending WAPF and Orthomolecular conferences.
    Ira Edwards, author of HONEST NUTRITION

  28. Linny says:

    This is a really good article and using the in depth blood test analysis allows people to get way beyond the narrow way that most practitioners look at those results. They only look at the out of range section not any values that are borderline.
    Anyway wanted to comment that I learned a lot from Larry Wilson’s information about adrenal fatigue, which has shown up for years, treated by complimentary health professionals but never resolved. I was eating vegetarian for years and in my case (and many others) resulted in low zinc which pushed my copper way to high and caused all sorts of problems. For me a vegetarian diet was the worst thing I could be doing. I can relate to Kevin’s comments 4 and 5 since eating meat really doesn’t feel right to me but I need to come to terms with making changes that will get and keep me healthy. Wondering if anyone else has experienced copper toxicity and turned it around??

  29. Pamela says:

    Great article and some great responses! I too have experienced first going raw with some amazing results. Lost 50 pounds, better energy, aches and pains disappeared. But after a little under two years that started to change. I started to feel pain in my joints and was somehow craving foods that we’re long forgotten. Blood tests we’re excellent except for vitamin D. I live in Norway and we have (I Think) the highest percentage of ostioporosis in the world among our women. I started taking supplements which seemed to help a little but soon made no difference and I was back where I started. Long story short – I am now eating everything. My joint problems have gone but so has my energy. I’ve gained back half of the weight. When I went back to eating gluten it gave me pains in my stomach. If I cut out the gluten it helped and I thought that I must have an intollerance that was hidden until I cut it out for two years then went back.
    BUT: I have recently had a few rounds of accupuncture for zits on my face that won’t clear up (I had them before my raw years and they have remained constant throughout my changing diet) and now the gluten does not bother me. The accupuncturest said she often sees ‘food intollerance’ that is really an unbalance that she is able to fix. For the first time in 7-8 years my face is mostly clear. I am trying kefir as of yesterday to see how that works. It is organic Cow’s kefir as I can’t find it with goat milk and also not cocconut (I hate the rase and smell of cocconut anyway so have never been able eat it).
    I would love to be mostly raw – or at least vegan again but so far my strekkes have sent my energy into a tailspin. Right now my ‘eat everything’ diet feels better then the end of my raw period but the added weight and some intermittant energy problems tell me that I am still not right. Any tips would be great!

  30. April says:

    Thank you for bringing up this topic!!!!
    Been raw for years, just became an Ayurvedic practitioner, according to the study of my dosha, I shouldn’t be raw. Anytime I wanted to lose weight I would go back to juicing. I was getting so depleted, and actually gaining weight, craving cooked foods, meat, breads. Found I had no healthy flora in my gut. So hand to heart I asked myself, what do I want to eat? steamed veggies, cultures, kefir’s….basically the body ecology diet. Thank you for reminding us about blood tests!!! That’s the next step.

  31. mea says:

    thank you for the article. glutein makes me very tired. but i want to make a point about vganism. for people who are vegans because they don’t want animals to suffer – and they do, horribly – this comes first. mememe and my food comes after that. it’s not pride or dogma, it’s simply the fact that we don’t want to cause suffering to innocent animals. thank you.

  32. Caitlin says:

    Nutrition Response Testing (NRT) program turned my health around. There are chiropractors doing this program all over the country. I thought I ate super healthy too and could not figure out what was wrong with me! Two years later and still on the program, my health has never been better. I actually have energy all day, and I am much happier!

  33. Margreet says:

    thanks for this article. What I’m missing though is the importance of drinking the right WATER. I’ve been on an adventure with myself and food already for years and recovered partly from my incredible tiredness from that. But since december I’m drinking now Kangen Water and that made the biggest change in my health since ever! I’m having way more energy now, sleeping much better and deeper, my stools are IN THE END normal again (I really tried every kind of diet before, Chin. medicine (and I’m an acupuncturist myself) and nothing helped, untill this amazing water!!). And the last incredible thing: in the end my candida went away (that’s also a very long story of diets, supplements etc. for years; and it always returned. Now drinking this water it’s just going away by itself. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING WATER!!! You should really check this out: Kangen Water.
    With love, Margreet

  34. Peter says:

    Hi Kevin,

    Thanks for posting another great article – I’ll be sure to put into action some of your suggestions.
    Can you help me with an issue regarding my thyroid?
    I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, a few years ago, and now have to take 75mcg of thyroxine daily.
    Since learning about leading a more natural, healthy lifestyle (I’ve been vegan now for two years), I have a strong urge to stop taking this synthetic product – however, people around me have commented that once you’ve started thyroxine, it’s not possible to stop … and that I’d be putting my body in great danger if I did!
    Any advice on the subject would be much appreciated.
    Best wishes.

  35. Lucy says:

    It is about rigidity of thinking in itself is harmful…..nice article……Joe Rishis from ancient times have been vegetarians and cows are worshipped and so their milk and ghee (clarified cows butter) was consumed together with a fruit based diet…..

  36. Carol C says:

    There is one more possible solution I have not yet noticed being mentioned on this list. In almost all cases I see people avoiding foods that are problematic. But there is a beautiful solution called NAET [Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique] that heals the body of allergens and allows you to eat foods that you have previously had an allergic response to. I have had multiple food intolerances for years. i have been vegetarian[over 20 years], often raw bur not exclusively and have tried many therapies [including purchasing your protocol Kevin, which did not seem detailed enough to me or had info I had not tried]. I read about GAPs which is based on the Specific carbohydrate diet and Weston Price. The author, Dr Natasha Cambell Mc Bride had written and great book that is very detailed and based on years of experience. It is all about healing the gut and the gut brain connection[She started by healing her own son fully of autism, So 4 months ago I plunged into making lots of bone broth, eating chicken and other meats. I ate more probiotic foods than I had before and took probiotics. I felt increasingly exhausted and depleted and was unable to start adding any of the foods I was intolerant of even in tiny amounts. I was fortunate to have been working with a wonderful GAPS certified neurologist. My extensive blood-work looked almost universally excellent except for low fit D. A few weeks ago after I went to her to help with a month long headache and my exhaustion, she said “GAPS is not working for you. You should be feeling much better energy by now. You must have energy blockages.” She suggested homeopathy, walking on grassy earth or sand [not easy to do as a city dweller] and NAET. She said “I do not even understand NAET well, but I have known many people to respond incredibly well”. As I felt I had tried so many dietary, herbal, and cleansing approaches and was looking to heal my food intolerances, not just keep avoiding was I was reacting to [onions, garlic , ginger many greens and lots of other healthy foods]. Since I have only had two treatments to date of NAET, I cannot say that from my experience that it has cured me of all my food intolerances. However I am very hopeful, having read up on it and heard from other patients in the practitioner’s office. NAET was designed by DR Nambudripad who suffered with so many food allergies that at one point she was eating only broccoli and rice for three years. She completely healed herself of all allergies and turned her method into one she could teach other health practitioners to use.

  37. Scott says:

    Excellent article, Kevin. Nicely done. I’ve been meaning for my whole family to get blood tests for some time and this article is further confirmation that we need to just do it.

    Our whole family is vegan and both my son and daughter are competitive gymnasts (they eat a 50/50 ratio of raw to cooked vegan foods). We do some supplements, but without blood testing, we’re really just guessing based on day to day health and how we’re feeling.

    Thanks again for the added “push” for blood testing!

  38. Tony says:

    I would like to try raw fermented goat or cow dairy. (Kefir,yogurt) I am unable to purchase unpasturized products in stores where I live but I am able to purchase raw milk from a local farmer.(goat and cow milk) My question is does anyone have any info on how to make the raw kefir or yogurt. Any information on this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  39. Chris Wark says:

    I agree 100% Kevin

    Dogma is a big problem in the health community.

    I went raw vegan for 90 days to battle cancer naturally in 2004. I felt really good during that time, but my naturopath added clean meats back into my diet after examining my biomarkers: blood, urine, hair, saliva, stool, etc. Plus I couldn’t maintain a healthy weight on raw foods only.

    Animal products really aren’t the enemy of health, it’s processed food.

  40. Pam Dix says:

    I healed my digestive issues with a raw vegan diet, but after several years I developed deficiencies that threw me into early menopause. Every symptom in the book and intense. After exhausting all lifestyle, herbal and raw food options I had to open my mind … I recently started on BioIdentical Natural Hormone Replacement and also shifted my diet to more cooked vegetables, eggs, fish and some chicken. The difference is nothing short of AMAZING!

    It is difficult “forgetting some of what you know”, but our bodies are constantly shifting and I’ve learned to be open-minded and truly listen to what it’s saying … not just what books say. Balance is what it’s about and I’m truly learning what that is now.

    Blessings to you for your honesty and openness.

  41. Sue says:

    @Cindy,

    You mentioned getting tested for ALS–could you possible have Lyme disease? It can mimic ALS, MS, and all kinds of other things.

  42. Darilyn says:

    Hi Kevin, yes PLEASE ADDRESS help for Adrenal Fatigue as I’ve been working on it for 6 mos and not seeing much results. HELP & much thanks for all you do!

  43. Hanna says:

    @Amy ~ I’m wondering if you could tell us about the diet you used to cure your PCOS, I didn’t know it could be cured. Someone near and dear to me has this syndrome and I would really love to help her get out of it. And Kevin, if you are looking for a topic to research and discuss, perhaps this is one you could put on your list – it would be very much appreciated! I like your truly “balanced and fair” – pragmatic in a word – approach to health issues and think the blood testing dictum is spot-on.

    Also, while I’ve got you, here’s a question for you, Kevin. Dr. D’Adamo (Eat Right for Your [blood] Type) mentions that a body will sometimes crave that which is the worst for it (i.e., wheat bread when you’re a Type-O) and I don’t understand this concept. Our bodies are way smarter than we are, why would it crave something that is bad for it specifically?

  44. M. Paterson says:

    Hi Carol,
    Thanks for addressing my concerns. But I want you and everyone else to know that I was drinking raw. That was all I would drink. For many years. Once I found out about. This made no difference in my acne problem.

  45. M. Paterson says:

    Frank, thank you so much for responding to my post. I will go ahead and try raw goat kefir and see what happens. Now, to find the raw goat milk!

  46. Kaelian says:

    Yes, I’ve experienced this. I’ve discovered the healthiest and best way to nourish myself with the foods that I need at this juncture, and I did a lot of healing and going through the detoxification phases and always looked and felt MUCH better afterward, and continued. I’ve experienced feeling uncomfortable, a loss of energy, sadness, odd cravings for things that actually made me feel like crap and didn’t even taste that great when I took a taste of that food that popped into my head, and thought, “Yuck! What did I do that for?!”.

    Well, I wasn’t lacking a nutrient in my body. There was an -emotional- connection. Along with “diet”, we’re not going to feel magnificent unless we’re physically active, emotionally stable and feel spiritually secure…whatever that means to each person. There’s sooo much more to say about each of these aspects, but this isn’t the appropriate space for it. *chuckles*

    Peace, everyone!

  47. Cath says:

    As well as looking at your diet when something is not working healthwise. We also need to acknowledge that diet is only one factor that influences our health (a pretty big one but still not the only thing to consider). We could also look at exercise, stress, sleep, lifestyle, environmental toxins, lack of grounding, mindset and so on. I was eating vegan and mainly raw. Feeling in perfect health. Then the Christchurch Earthquake hit and kept hitting with aftershocks, lack of power, clean water, or safe accomodation, financial problems, insurance hassles and I fell sick twice last year after years of perfect health. No changes to my diet would have made the slightest difference. And it doesn’t need to be some major disaster to impact on your health.

  48. Nikki says:

    I was doing a super clean diet for almost a year. I have been vegetarian for 11 years, and last August I went vegan. I was doing very high raw, and nearly fat free. Just this past April I did an experiment to see what difference it would make if I started adding back into my diet some of the “processed” foods I used to eat such as boxed cereal, veggie ‘meats’, miracle whip, whole wheat pitas and buns, soy milk, etc. and then a few weeks later, included some dairy in the form of yogurt (even the stuff sweetened with sucralose). Quite frankly, there is NO difference. I am starting to think that our bodies are capable of handling much more than we give them credit for here in this health-conscious world. I am not saying that it is not good to be health conscious, but to be more relaxed and eat what we enjoy.

  49. Joelle says:

    Hi Hanna what I’ve been told about cravings and toxins in general is that until we clean our bowel of them the cravings won’t dissapear. Our. bowel will hold onto anything toxic giving us perpetual cravings. A raw food healer told me this. She doesn’t recomend colonics or enemas but rather a herbal bowel cleanser. She’s tried all of them and only had results from one. It’s called The herb cocktail from a Canadian company called Avena. Wwwavenaoriginals.com it works with the electricity of the body and is considered a whole foods powder rather than a supplement. She recomends taking one to two tablespoons with orange juice first thing in the morning and the same before bed. Even though the label says one teaspoon she has tested this and anything less than a tablespoon doesn’t work. What it does is it cleans the entire body releasing and eliminating all the black plaque lined in our colons from eating cooked food and she says its the only product that can do this.

  50. Nicole - Australia says:

    Thanks Kevin, another great topic.
    I have been unwell for about 5 years now. My doctor is dismissing it as Anxiety??? So in my research I am finding that the digestive tract may be the root to all health problems. If its not working somewhere along the line then it causes all sorts of problems. Secondly I have just seen a holistic dentist & getting my amalgam fillings out (as they are leacing alot) & he suggested that my health problems may be fixed after this. Sugar & gluten are not great for me either.

  51. @ Hannah, from what I understand the bad bacteria and other pathogens in our digestive tract can cause cravings for breads and simple carbohydrates as this is their preferred fuel. Bacteria outnumber human cells 10 to 1 and they have been shown to be intelligent, chemically not cognitively 😛 so it’s no wonder they can influence us so greatly. Bacteria is the king/queen of life. Craving bread may indicate candida or other gut flora imbalance. I don’t know how this relates to blood types though or if it even does at all.

    Magnesium oxide can be a simple and efficient cleanse of the digestive system, though this should be avoided in severe cases of gastrointestinal pain.

    As for me I haven’t fixed my issues through diet, but I keep trying and learning more all the time. Good article Kevin, thanks.

  52. Patricia says:

    Hi Kevin

    All your write-up related to health are fabulous and informative, DOUBLE DOUBLE THUMBS UP !!!!

    My experience is with soy products because everyone says it is the BEST. Consume like crazy everyday UNTIL one day, I came across a very disturbing info that it causes allergy. I was surprised and shocked and from then on, I cut down easily by 80%.

    Secondly, diary products also play havoc. I used to drink powdered milk (instant, whole and even low fat) and cheese. For a couple of years now, since cutting down on these products plus soy, my sinus has gone. Previously I have to take histamine from the ENT doctor.

    Further enhancement, I am taking raw smoothies made from celery, parsley, watercress veg and peppermint. Very effective!

    Good health and keep smiling!
    Patricia

  53. Luise says:

    @Peter (#34)regarding your thyroxine query. I had a total thyroidectomy around 14 years ago & was, of course, prescribed thyroxine. For varying reasons, I stopped taking it a few years ago (for close to a year)& started having problems. Had to wear elastic splints to support my thumbs & wrists, & when stretching my legs & feet, the toes would lock up & not contract. I went back on to thyroxine but was still incredibly tired & was concerned that my body was not doing the T3/T4 conversion. Because I havent found a doctor worth their salt I decided to try a product called Raw Thyroid. It is available online from Natural Sources. I have just started taking 2 capsules a day instead of the one as I was still getting the same symptoms as when I wasnt taking anything. After only a couple of days I’m finding I can stretch my feet & legs & they’re not locking up, nor painfully cramping. This product also contains Adrenal, Pituitary, Thymus, Spleen Tissue & Kelp. Also, I’m not as tired, so am hopeful that this is the answer for me.

  54. @Hanna:

    I didn’t set out to cure my insulin resistance or my PCOS. I set out to prevent needing radioactive iodine to “cure” my hyperthyroidism. With a reluctant blessing from my endocrinologist, I went raw vegan with an emphasis on goitrogenic foods (except soy; a migraine trigger for me).

    During this time, I ate a very basic raw diet as I had no dehydrator, no fancy blender, & very little knowledge on raw cooking. The only grains I ate were oats because I could just soak & eat them. (Like I said, it was VERY basic.) I at a TON of raw peanuts (they’re goitrogenic) & other nuts. The only beans I ate were sprouted beans simply because I knew no other way of making them raw at the time.

    6 months after going raw vegan, I had my yearly OB/GYN appt. She checked my hormones (as they always do). When they were normal (they had NEVER been before), she wanted an ultrasound. She couldn’t find any cysts in my ovaries. None.

    I’ve had ultrasounds since then by docs who want to “check up” on my PCOS since they don’t believe that it’s gone. They like to tell me that it’s obvious that I never had PCOS; despite surgical confirmation in the past. My reproductive hormones, testosterone, etc…have stayed normal since. My blood insulin went down and has remained safely in the normal range since.

    With an extensive family history of Type II diabetes, this was something I would have needed to address pretty quickly anyway in order to avoid diabetes myself.

    I don’t know if what I did is what will work for everyone. I went raw vegan to treat one condition and had the added benefit of it healing another. I hope your friend finds what works for her.

  55. Seppo says:

    Good article Kevin. I recently wrote something similar about acne. Lot of acne patients eat super healthy and still struggle with acne. Every now and then it pays to remind yourself that diet is just part of the solution to health. In my humble opinion stress and negative emotional states drag you down more than bad diet does.

    I also liked your point about examining your beliefs about diet. We tend to get too attached to our chosen diets and become blind to any evidence that disagrees with out chosen dogma 🙂 Lot of people also put themself through enormous stress trying to stick to ‘perfect diet’ – as if such a thing existed.

    Me thinks it’s ok to relax and enjoy life a bit also.

  56. Mona says:

    Great article.
    I had a similar experience as Kevin. My pride and judgement about being vegan came to an extreme point after 3 years of being raw, there it collapsed and I started taking good quality fishoil and making goatsmilk kefir. Finally, my nerves felt “buffered” somehow.

    Id say I needed to decide that my health was more important than principles. Hard to do 🙂

  57. colleen o'brien says:

    My platelet count and absolute neutrophil count has been suppressed now for a couple of years which began about 6 months after going completely raw. I often wondered if others had experienced the same thing………altho my significant other and I eat the same meals and his numbers remained in the “normal” range while mine went downhill. Dr. Klapper of Santa Rosa realized that my blenderful of green drink gulped down before heading off to work was the cause……..too much acid all at once which he reasoned was suppressing particulary my platelet count. He said I could consume that quantity……..only consumption to be spread out over the course of the morning. I can hardly wait to see what change there will be on my next blood test. My hematologist had me labeled as being at the start of something really nasty. Love to prove him wrong. c

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