All posts from Frederic Patenaude

Redeeming the Potato

Wednesday Oct 31 2018 | by Frederic Patenaude

  One of the first foods that someone on a diet learns to avoid, by well-meaning friends, relative, doctors, and diet books, are potatoes. ... more »

What I Eat and Don’t Eat: 2018 Update

Monday Oct 8 2018 | by Frederic Patenaude

What do I eat after spending most of my life bathing in the waters of natural health, raw foods, and veganism? What conclusions have I come to after ... more »

There’s Something Fishy About Fish

Monday Oct 1 2018 | by Frederic Patenaude

A few years ago, something happened to me on the island of Roatan. I had a realization about fish. I was on a scuba diving trip to explore the ... more »

Get Your Holiday Recipes from Renegade Health!

Sunday Nov 19 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

A few years ago, I designed several menu planners for alternative dinner meals for the Holiday season: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s ... more »

Is Being a Health Expert Bad for Your Health? How Health Gurus Die Young

Sunday Nov 12 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

It’s a rather shocking observation that health gurus  that those who write diet books and give advice on how to live healthy longer appear to ... more »

Is Coconut Oil Still Healthy?

Thursday Sep 14 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

Recently, the American Health Association updated their advice on heart disease to include coconut oil in the “avoid” category. While I don’t ... more »

Debunking the “Cholesterol Myth”

Monday Sep 11 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

A reader asked me two months ago to give a response to two articles on the “myth” that cholesterol is the leading cause of heart disease. I ... more »

Why I Chose a Plant-Based Diet

Monday Sep 11 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

Your biggest decision in health is what kind of diet you’re going to choose. I call this a decision because it has, at some point, to be a ... more »

The Healing Benefits of a No-Overt Fat Diet

Tuesday Aug 29 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

Ever since my first book “The Raw Secrets,” I have often revisited the “fat controversy.” The central issue of the debate is whether or ... more »

Why Eliminating OIL Boosts Energy, Mood, and Digestion

Tuesday Aug 8 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

One of the most common questions that I get is: why don’t you recommend oil? What about coconut oil? Or extra-virgin olive oil? Or flax seed ... more »

The Latest on Alcohol

Monday Jul 31 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

Everybody knows that too much alcohol is bad for health. But there’s this myth that “moderate” consumption is good for health, prevents deaths ... more »

The Top 10 Myths About Eating Fruit

Saturday Jul 15 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

Fruit is a symbol of “health food,” yet it’s also the one natural food that’s vilified the most by many trends of the natural health ... more »

The Great Cholesterol Debate

Sunday Jun 25 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

Do Beef, Eggs, and Chicken Belong in Your Diet? And Why Cholesterol Still Matters Warning: The Following Information Could Save Your Life! This ... more »

Battling with Weight and Health Issues, She Discovers the Potato Diet

Monday Jun 12 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

One of my readers, Lindsey, recently shared with me how she used the “Potato Diet” to win her battle with weight gain and several health ... more »

“Sitting Is the New Smoking”

Friday Jun 9 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

You may have heard the statement “Sitting is the New Smoking.” When I first heard this saying, I thought it was crazy. Sitting is NOT like ... more »

The Case Against Pink Salt

Monday May 29 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

Whenever the topic of salt comes up, especially all of the negatives associated with it, a few people always ask “What about pink salt?” One of ... more »

15 Tips to Eliminate Salt

Wednesday May 10 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

Last month, I addressed the topic of salt a few times, sharing my experience of finally eliminating salt completely from my diet. Today, I want to ... more »

I Eliminated Salt for a Month. Here’s What Happened.

Monday May 1 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

I’ve always had a particular difficulty eliminating salt from my diet. Along with caffeine, salt is the one thing that always crept back up in my ... more »

The Dark Side of Retiring Abroad

Monday Apr 24 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

For years, I’ve subscribed to a few ezines about retiring and living abroad, such as International Living and Live and Invest Overseas. I’m only ... more »

How Much Can You Cheat On Your Diet? (and get away with…)

Saturday Apr 22 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

Local Market in French Polynesia We all have our definition of what is an ideal diet and lifestyle. For me, it’s pretty simple: a plant-based diet ... more »

Is Soy Really Bad for Us?

Monday Mar 6 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

Let’s have a debate about soy! What?! “You mean, you’re doubting the fact that soy is a horrible so-called “health” ... more »

How to Make Coconut Milk (or Cream) at Home

Friday Feb 24 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

Coconut milk is amazing. It’s an essential ingredient in curries and so many other delicious dishes from around the world. But look at the ... more »

The Full Guide to Staying Super Healthy While Traveling

Wednesday Feb 22 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

I’ve traveled to over 35 countries, from modern cities to remote islands in the developing world. My goal is not to add more countries as a badge of ... more »

Eggs Are a No-Brainer

Wednesday Jan 25 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

Eggs come in and out of fashion. Periodically, they are considered the healthiest food you can eat. “Nature’s most perfect food.” At other ... more »

3 Books to Read in 2017

Tuesday Jan 17 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

The new year is approaching, so it’s time that I share my top health or self-help books of the year. Last year, my three choices were “Kale and ... more »

How to Do a One-Day Water Fast

Monday Jan 16 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

Yesterday I fasted for 36 hours on water. It had been a little while since my last one-day fast and I felt like starting the practice again. When I ... more »

7 Lies about Dental Health

Monday Jan 9 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

Over the years, I’ve talked to hundreds of people who have experienced severe dental problems after changing their diet to a high-raw one. Even ... more »

The Top 10 Health Trends of 2017

Monday Jan 9 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

“Ugly produce” will go mainstream this year Health trends come and go! Think of goji berries, Noni juice, raw chocolate, etc. We don’t ... more »

Poi: This Could be the World’s Healthiest Staple Food

Tuesday Jan 3 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

How I finally learned to love the “gooey tasteless glue” Hawaiian staple known as poi! Each country has its staple food. Those staples were so ... more »

Renegade Health Radio – Book Review: The Maffetone Method – Podcast Episode #51

Monday Jan 2 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

In this episode: Why do people give up exercise shortly after signing up to the gym? Find out more in this podcast. Get more fit and avoid injury by ... more »

Should We Avoid Hybridized Fruits and Vegetables?

Monday Dec 19 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

I recently received the following question from a reader: “How do I buy fruits and vegetables that are closest to the way our ancestors ate them? I ... more »

Eating Raw While Traveling

Saturday Dec 17 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

Eating 100% Raw or Not? Some people, for various reasons, make the 100% raw diet the most important focus in their lives. So if they went on a ... more »

Food Combining Way Simplified

Monday Dec 5 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

Whenever I throw celery in a fruit smoothie, or add oranges in a salad, people ask me “But wait… isn’t that against food combining ... more »

My Top 10 “Health” Gift Ideas!

Monday Nov 28 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

Every year, I post my top 10 list of “health” gift ideas. This might be an excuse to give yourself something  for all the hard work ... more »

Why I Can’t STAND the Word “Carb”

Sunday Nov 20 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

The last time I heard Dr. Oz or some other diet guru utter the word “carb,” I think I blew up a fuse. Whenever I hear this buzzword, you can see ... more »

Renegade Health Radio: “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” Book Review Podcast #50

Saturday Nov 19 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

In this episode: Can decluttering truly “change your life?” We review Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” ... more »

Why You Don’t Need to Move to the Tropics

Tuesday Nov 15 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

Doesn’t this image make you want to move to a tropical paradise? (Taken with my iPhone without editing!) People often ask me, “How do you ... more »

Acne Sufferer Healed by Raw Vegan, Fruitarian Diet

Monday Nov 14 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

                Interview with Ted Carr, by Frederic Patenaude I met Ted Carr while living in Vancouver. I ... more »

You Don’t Need Another Juice Fast

Monday Oct 31 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

A friend of mine recently went on a juice fast. She felt stressed out, tired, and thought that it might help her.    She went on a juice fast, felt ... more »

My Top 7 Most Essential Kitchen Gadgets

Monday Oct 24 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

Whether you are on the raw food diet, the vegan diet or a healthy, whole food, organic diet, you probably spend some decent time in the ... more »

Winter is Coming

Monday Oct 10 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

How to Beat the Winter Blues It’s happening, yet again! Winter is coming… Don’t be caught off-guard this time. Have you started the most obvious ... more »

Why French People Are Thin (Hint: It’s Not Their Diet)

Monday Oct 10 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

This year I’ve been doing some traveling, mostly in Europe. This brought me to some interesting realizations about some cultural differences in ... more »

Sugar Is Your Friend

Sunday Oct 9 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

In the last survey we sent out to our readers, I noticed a lot of questions about sugar that I want to answer today. In recent years, quitting sugar ... more »

Water Controversies, Part 1: Organic Minerals, Alkaline Water, Distilled Water and Health

Wednesday Oct 5 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

We know that water is of great importance. The surface of the earth and our bodies are made up of approximately 72% water. Although water appears to ... more »

Time to End the 8-Hour Sleep Myth!

Tuesday Oct 4 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

“For tens of thousands of years, before the introduction of artificial lighting, most humans thought that what the pushers of sleep meds promise ... more »

Ending the Fear of Fruit

Monday Oct 3 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

Even though fruit has universally been a symbol of healthy eating, many health theories now vilify it. “Don’t eat too much ... more »

Are Grains Really Healthy to Eat?

Saturday Oct 1 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

Should you eat grains? The debate rages on in the diet community, and many people are still confused about the role of grains in the human ... more »

Why I Live in a City (vs. the Country)

Monday Sep 26 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

Four years ago, I got divorced and moved from the beautiful city of Vancouver, back to my hometown of Montreal. Before that, I had spent many years ... more »

Renegade Health Radio: “Food Rules” Book Review Podcast #49

Friday Sep 16 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

In this episode: Frederic and Shelli Stein talk about Michael Pollan’s book, Food Rules, an Eater’s Manual. Download Episode Click Here more »

Say No To Breakfast or Dinner – The No Breakfast Plan

Wednesday Aug 31 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

Years ago—115 years, to be precise—a medical doctor named Edward Hooker Dewey wrote a book called No Breakfast Plan and the Fasting Cure. I own ... more »

7 Things I Discovered While Traveling the World

Monday Aug 29 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

I’ve been an avid traveler for most of my adult life, and in 2009-2010 I took a 9-month trip around the world with my ex-wife. I don’t ... more »

He Laughed At My Salad, But I Didn’t Care

Monday Aug 22 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

A couple of weeks ago I was out of town on business and needed to grab a bite to eat. I spotted a health food restaurant that offered a giant buffet, ... more »

The Great Salt Debate: Is Sea Salt Healthy? (Special Report)

Saturday Aug 13 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

Is salt good or bad? Is it something we should even worry about? Health authorities tell us to consume less sodium. On the other hand, we ... more »

The 2-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream You Must Try

Monday Jul 25 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

Making this raw vegan ice cream will blow your mind. First of all, it’s so easy, you can make it in just a few minutes. You only need a minimum ... more »

5 Essential Kitchen Gadgets I Love

Friday Jul 15 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

Over the years, I’ve tried many different kitchen gadgets, but only ended up using a few on a regular basis. Here’s my top list. 1) The ... more »

Sugar-Free Fruit Lemonades!

Sunday Jul 3 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

If you only know the traditional lemonade of lemon and sugar, you’ll love these recipes! Note: you’ll see me adding some maple syrup in ... more »

How We Found the Best Sunscreen

Wednesday Jun 29 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

This is a great article we received from our friends at  I have included the link to their full article, which includes the links to ... more »

Making Health a Priority

Friday Jun 3 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

What does it mean to “make health a priority?” I often hear in different situations that health is the most important thing in life. People often ... more »

What Is the Best Cutting Board? Artelegno Cutting Board Review

Friday May 27 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

For years, I’ve been using inferior cutting boards, leading to a lot of frustration and unhygienic cutting surfaces. A few months ago, I decided ... more »

What Superfoods and Supplements I Take Daily

Tuesday May 24 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

  The other day, I received a question regarding the recent series “The Truth About Cancer“. “You’ve always said that ... more »

How and Why to Fast or Cleanse

Monday May 9 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

We all try to live a healthy life, but there comes a time when life catches up with us. I’m talking about the negative effects stress, lack of ... more »

How to Water Fast on Your Own for 1-3 Days

Tuesday May 3 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

Watch our last webinar on “How to Fast on Your Own.” Discover: What the research shows about fasting How fasting can boost your immune ... more »

5 Urban Legends of Health

Monday May 2 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

A lot of popular advice is wrong. Many half-truths and misconceptions become “facts,” in spite of efforts at debunking them. But yet, doubt ... more »

How To Fast on Your Own – Discover the Benefits of Water fasting and Juice Fasting

Monday May 2 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

Learn how to fast on your own, and discover the health benefits you will experience from water fasting or juice fasting for 24 hours, up to 7 ... more »

The Anti Inflammatory Diet

Friday Apr 15 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

Discover what is a truly anti-inflammatory diet and what foods contribute to or prevent inflammation. The final word on this misunderstood topic! To ... more »

40 Things I Learned At 40

Monday Mar 14 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

Fred at 21 in the “Early Days” with David Wolfe and Stephen Arlin Guys, my 40th birthday is approaching (this weekend)! No big deal you ... more »

About My Water Fast: the Followup

Wednesday Mar 9 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

In early February, I did a 7-day water fast in California. I wrote an article about everything that happened during my fast and how I felt in the days ... more »

Restaurants are Ethnic-Flavored Oil, Sugar and Salt

Monday Feb 29 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

In a presentation by Dr. Michael Klaper MD, restaurants were compared to being “ethnic-flavored oil, sugar and salt.” He said ... more »

How Not To Die – Book Review, Michael Greger

Monday Feb 29 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

How to Avoid Dying… Of the many things that can happen in life, dying isn’t anyone’s favorite. You have plenty of manuals of “how to live ... more »

Update on “No Oil”

Thursday Feb 25 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

My last article on “Why no Oil” caused quite a stir. I’ve been called names, and I quote: “You are as dumb as they come,” and other names I ... more »

5 Life-Changing Lectures (Advanced Study Weekend Review)

Monday Feb 22 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

Last weekend, I attended the “Advanced Study Weekend” organized by Dr. McDougall. He organizes this event twice a year and I have attended many ... more »

I Fasted for 7 Days on Water. This Is What Happened (Diary of a 7-Day Fast)

Monday Feb 15 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

My menu for 7 days On February 1st, I arrived at the True North Health Center in Santa Rosa, California, and embarked on a 7-day water fast. This is ... more »

The World’s Most Relaxing and Stress-Reducing Music 

Monday Jan 18 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

I’m a huge music lover, and every day I must get my fix. My tastes are quite varied: from Bach to the most cutting-edge, uncompromising, modern ... more »

How to Win an Argument About Nutrition

Monday Jan 18 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

When I decided to become a vegetarian at the age of 18, I naively thought that because I “saw the light,” everyone around me also would. “If ... more »

How to Cure a Cold Quickly

Tuesday Dec 29 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

Last week, I got sick with a pretty nasty bug! Thankfully, I managed to recover very quickly using a counterintuitive method I’ll talk about in a ... more »

Wanted: the Western Diet

Saturday Dec 12 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

I remember the first time I came across the word “SAD Diet” while reading a health book. I smiled when I discovered that it meant “Standard ... more »

5 Desert Island CDs From a Classical Music Maniac

Tuesday Dec 8 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

What would you bring to a desert island? This fun question comes up once in a while, so I might as well share my list of music I could not live ... more »

Ode to Kevin Gianni – Happy Birthday!

Monday Dec 7 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

First meeting of Fred, Kev and Annmarie in 2009 Today, someone deserves a little praise and attention. Because today… my good friend and grand ... more »

10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Health Minded Folks

Tuesday Dec 1 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

Every year, I post a few ideas for Christmas gifts. This may give you great ideas to give a health-minded gift to someone you love, or very likely be ... more »

The Argument Against Paleo Diet

Friday Nov 27 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

As I’ve said before I’m not a big fan of the Paleolithic diet (shortened as the Paleo diet). Nowadays, the Paleo diet is a sort of a ... more »

What Is Your Ultimate Island Paradise?

Tuesday Nov 10 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

Hiking on the North Shore of Kauai On Monday I wrote about my fantasy of moving to an island paradise. Although I never quite realized it, I ended up ... more »

He smoked, drank scotch, yet lived to 100

Tuesday Nov 10 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

Everybody I know, it seems, has a relative who lived a fairly unhealthy lifestyle and yet lived a long life. “My grandfather smoked, drank scotch ... more »

Travel Rice Cooker – Product Review

Friday Oct 30 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

You are not likely find a product called a “travel rice cooker” but that’s pretty much what the Panasonic SR-3NA is. This is a ... more »

Is Chicken the New Health Food?

Monday Oct 26 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

In the past few years, chicken has acquired a sort of “health food status”. Poultry is no longer a delicacy to be eaten on special occasions, ... more »

Is Cooked Food Toxic? A Reply to Roger Haeske

Monday Oct 19 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

Roger Haeske, in 2008, at 41. Hasn’t aged too much since then. Roger Haeske is one of the best examples of a successful long-term raw foodist. ... more »

From Fat Vegan to Skinny Bitch

Monday Sep 21 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

In my last two articles, I summarized my notes from the most recent health conference I attended, the Advanced Study Weekend organized by John ... more »

What I Learned At the McDougall Advanced Study Weekend (Part 2)

Friday Sep 18 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

This is the second installment in my series on the Advanced Study Weekend by Dr. McDougall. For the first part, click here. Dan Buettner – The ... more »

These Five Doctors Can Change Your Life (McDougall Event Review)

Wednesday Sep 16 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

Last weekend, I attended the “Advanced Study Weekend” organized by Dr. McDougall. He organizes this event twice a year and I have attended ... more »

My Number One Salad Recipe

Monday Sep 14 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

This is my number one salad recipe! I never get tired of this salad because you can have it as a complete meal rather than a just a side. Try it! I ... more »

Goat Milk or Cow’s Milk? Neither Is Best!

Friday Sep 11 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

After my last article on dairy “Raw or Not, Dairy Isn’t Healthy,” I’ve been accused of not taking into consideration the differences between ... more »

Raw or not, Dairy Isn’t Healthy

Tuesday Sep 8 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

I’ve noticed recently enat dairy products seem to be making a comeback in the Paleo community and in other alternative health circles. Dairy is ... more »

How I Travel the World for Free (Almost)

Friday Sep 4 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

When I was young, I wanted to travel. My parents had subscribed for years to National Geographic, and they kept piles and piles of the magazines in ... more »

Can Stress Cause Your Hair to Turn Gray?

Monday Aug 24 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

My dad rocked the most impressive head of hair and was very proud of it. At 55, you had to look hard to find a single gray hear in his abundant ... more »

What to Order at a Restaurant: the Healthiest Options

Sunday Aug 16 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

Eating at a restaurant can be a disaster, health-wise! However, with some planning, you can “limit the damage” while enjoying ... more »

The Rules for Eating Out: How to Enjoy Restaurants Without Compromising Your Health

Monday Aug 10 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

Restaurants can be tricky on a raw food diet, or any diet, for that matter. When I was eating 100% raw, I avoided restaurants almost entirely. I ... more »

How to Build Willpower

Sunday Jul 26 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

We each have our own weaknesses. For me, it’s coffee. I’ve quit drinking caffeine,on so many occasions that I can’t count them ... more »

How to Deal With Jet Lag – My Best Strategies

Wednesday Jul 1 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

The worst jet lag I’ve ever experienced was when I flew to Bali in 2005. It was my very first trip to Asia, and I flew directly from Montreal. It ... more »

What Makes Your Brain Happy (and Why We Do Stupid Things With Our Health)

Monday Jun 29 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

I’m currently reading a book with an interesting title (and most interesting content): What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do The ... more »

Why Is B12 Needed?

Monday Jun 22 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

One reader asks me, “Why is B12 supplementation required to thrive on a vegan diet? Is it a biologically appropriate diet?” What the reader is ... more »

“Grain Brain” Review

Monday Jun 22 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

After my last article, my readers asked me if I could review the book Grain Brain. This popular book by Dr. David Perlmutter has been talked about a ... more »

What is the World’s Healthiest Diet?

Monday Jun 15 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

A few weeks ago, I promised to share my thoughts on what constitutes an “ideal diet. So here it is… When I say “ideal,” I’m ... more »

Product Review: Zojirushi Rice Cooker

Wednesday Jun 3 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

In a previous article I talked about a kitchen gadget that I use on a regular basis: the Instant Pot, which is an automatic pressure cooker that I ... more »

The Myth of the Mediterranean Diet

Monday Jun 1 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

If there is one diet myth I am so tired of hearing, it is the so-called health benefits of a Mediterranean diet. It might sound a bit outrageous at ... more »

Eating a “Boring” Diet Is A Key to Success

Wednesday May 27 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

It may come as a surprise to hear me say that one of the keys to success on any diet is a certain degree of “boredom,” which ... more »

The 21 Day Habit Myth

Monday May 18 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

A few years ago, I was inspired by the concept that “it takes 21 days to form or break a habit.” So, I created my own 21 Day Challenge. The 21 Day ... more »

Instant Pot Review: What I Think After 6 Months

Saturday May 9 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

  The second most important kitchen item that I use after my Vita-Mix: the Instant Pot. What appealed to me about instant pot is it’s an ... more »

3 Ways to Cut a Pineapple – New Video

Friday May 8 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

We’ve been working a new concept of 2-minute videos, showing you quick tips and ideas for healthier living. Watch our first one and if you like ... more »

Eat More, Not Less

Monday May 4 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

In the realm of diets, usually the advice is in the form of a “do not eat” list. A raw food diet forbids cooked foods. A Paleo diet may forbid ... more »

“The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” Book Review

Wednesday Apr 29 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

It’s easy to say that something’s changed your life. In fact, this catch phrase is becoming a little overused. Attending this seminar ... more »

What Percentage Raw Is Right for You?

Thursday Apr 23 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

A reader writes: I don’t think any sort of fixed ratio is “best.” Learning to tune into intuitive guidance and release any guilt, shame or fear ... more »

Why French People Are Thin

Monday Apr 20 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

oI recently spent a few weeks with French people while on a trip to the South Pacific. Even though French is my first language, I am not French. I am ... more »

Fasting One Day a Week

Saturday Apr 18 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

I recently started fasting one day a week — either a juice fast or a 24-hour water fast. Intermittent fasting is becoming popular, especially ... more »

The Top Five Health Mistakes I Made

Monday Apr 13 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

I often hear: “I’m confused when it comes to the amount of information available in the alternative health space.” So many so-called ... more »

The Coconut Blood Transfusion Myth

Monday Apr 6 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

The coconut tree is the tree of life! It has more uses than almost any other plant on the planet. Many islands in the South Pacific would be ... more »

How to Keep the Digestive Juices Flowing

Saturday Mar 28 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

As discussed in my previous article, it’s very common after a “detox diet” (raw foods, paleo, juice fasting, etc.) to experience ... more »

What Happens When Rawfoodists Cheat on Their Diet

Thursday Mar 26 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

This is a dilemma that every person who has seriously dabbled with raw foodism, fasting, juice cleansing and even other restricted diets — has ... more »

What I Buy at Costco

Saturday Mar 7 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

I must admit that I have a love-hate relationship with Costco. I get all excited when it’s time to go on a shopping spree at Costco. But I also ... more »

I Didn’t Want to Die

Saturday Feb 28 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

Last month I was on the island of Maui for a vacation. I took the obligatory snorkeling tour trip, and on the boat met an interesting character: ... more »

How to Do a Five Day Juice Fast

Tuesday Feb 24 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

Last Friday, I completed a five-day juice fast! I’ve done a bit of fasting and cleansing over the years, but my last juice fast was back in ... more »

How to Live (Comfortably) on $56-156 a Month for Food

Tuesday Feb 24 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

  This article is not how-to manual on how to eat for the rest of your life on the $56 a month for food. I did it in my 20s for a while, on a raw ... more »

Kevin’s Definitive Guide on How to Travel Healthy

Saturday Feb 7 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

If there’s anyone who’s qualified to write a guide on traveling healthy, it’s us… We were on the road for 2 years in our RV (and by plane) ... more »

The Best Way to Improve Your Sleep: All the Best Advice Summarized

Monday Jan 19 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

I’m not a good sleeper — never have been. When some people proudly exclaim that they fall asleep like a baby every night and wake up the next ... more »

Can Your Cholesterol Be Too Low? Challenging the Paleo View on Cholesterol

Wednesday Jan 14 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

Some people, when they follow a low-fat vegan diet or a RAW diet, come back with interesting blood test results, with cholesterol levels so low that ... more »

Rethinking Fruit – Should You Limit Fruit? Maybe Not

Monday Jan 5 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

Weekly fruit haul. The most recent find: seeded muscat grapes from Spain!   It seems that every recent diet book I have looked at lately seems to ... more »

Getting Back on Track: The Science of New Year Resolutions

Monday Dec 29 2014 | by Frederic Patenaude

On Christmas Eve, I had a busy day. I committed to two consecutive dinners: one with my family and one at a friend’s place. Because many of my ... more »

Why Some Vegans Crash and Burn

Saturday Nov 8 2014 | by Frederic Patenaude

After our podcast on people coming out as “ex-vegans,” I’ve been getting some questions from readers who are not sure whether a vegan ... more »

How Raw Foodists Get Sick: 10 Deadly Outcomes for Otherwise Super Healthy People

Thursday Sep 4 2014 | by Frederic Patenaude

10 Things That Can Kill or Injure Otherwise Super-Healthy People Most people in Western countries die of lifestyle-related diseases. The biggest ... more »

Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables

Sunday Aug 17 2014 | by Frederic Patenaude

Go the supermarket and you’ll find perfectly round apples, oval or oblong eggplants, flawless oranges, and zucchinis free of the weird ... more »

What Hollywood Thinks of Vegans, Juicing Enthusiasts, and Fruitarians

Wednesday Aug 13 2014 | by Frederic Patenaude

Hollywood is full of clichés and stereotypes. Watch an old movie with Clint Eastwood, like “Dirty Harry,” and you might notice how all the women ... more »

The Benefits of Eating More Raw Foods

Saturday Aug 9 2014 | by Frederic Patenaude

A raw food diet, an even a high-raw diet, has huge advantages. Otherwise, nobody would do it! (Either as a short-term plan or long-term.) Let’s ... more »

The Little Book of Life: A Few Life and Health Lessons I Have Learned So Far

Tuesday Jul 29 2014 | by Frederic Patenaude

Many years ago, when I was in my teens, my mom gifted me a little book called “The Little Book of Life.” It was written by H. Jackson Brown, Jr., ... more »

Exercise Before Breakfast: All the Benefits Explained

Wednesday Jul 23 2014 | by Frederic Patenaude

  A friend of mine swears that the best way to lose body fat is to exercise (primarily “cardio” type of exercises) before breakfast or on an ... more »

Why Vegans Have Bad Teeth

Saturday Jul 19 2014 | by Frederic Patenaude

For the past few years I’ve been warning vegans (and especially raw vegans) to take care of their teeth, because these diets are known to cause ... more »

How to Eat the Best Produce at the Best Price

Wednesday Jul 16 2014 | by Frederic Patenaude

This week, I’m eating my favorite fruit ever: white nectarines. I bought an entire case at my favorite fruit market, along with some of my other ... more »

7 Ways NOT to Open a Coconut

Tuesday Jul 15 2014 | by Frederic Patenaude

Young coconuts are awesome. They are filled with the most refreshing, sweet-tasting water. The meat inside isn’t hard like the typical old coconut, ... more »

10 Ways to Enjoy Black Beans

Saturday Jul 12 2014 | by Frederic Patenaude

I admit it: I love beans, and black beans in particular have found a soft spot with me. I discovered black beans when I started traveling in Costa ... more »

Coffee vs. Green Tea: Why Coffee Gives Me Road Rage And Tea Does Not

Tuesday Jul 1 2014 | by Frederic Patenaude

I like to start the day with a cup or two (or three) of green tea, along with fruit or a smoothie. I enjoy the taste of good green tea, freshly ... more »

“Yoga Is Not A Complete Exercise” and other of Fred’s Statements Clarified!

Wednesday Apr 30 2014 | by Frederic Patenaude

  When I first met Kevin and Annmarie in the summer of 2008, Kevin told me that I come across very differently in person than in my writing. At ... more »

The Appearance of Health: What Is a Healthy Weight and Body Fat?

Tuesday Mar 25 2014 | by Frederic Patenaude

Ten years ago, I was struggling with a raw food diet. I was trying to make it work in my life, but I would go back and forth. At 5’10” ... more »

Renegade Health Radio: Low Protein Diets and Cancer Protection

Friday Mar 21 2014 | by Frederic Patenaude

In the latest Renegade Health Radio show, Kevin and Frederic talk about a new study that just came out, linking low protein diets to a lower risk of ... more »

Boosting Brain Power With Classical and Baroque Music

Monday Mar 3 2014 | by Frederic Patenaude

I was lucky enough to spend three years of my life in a music college, right after high school, where I dedicated most of my waking hours to the ... more »

Renegade Health Radio: What’s a Natural Cause of Death?

Friday Feb 28 2014 | by Frederic Patenaude

In the second Renegade Health Radio show, Kevin and Frederic talk about: what’s a natural death? And paleo fantasies. Listen here now: Click ... more »

Seasonal Cleansing: Beat the Aging Process, Shave the Fat Off Your Body and Stick to Your Diet

Monday Feb 10 2014 | by Frederic Patenaude

Since 1996, I’ve obsessed with the idea of finding the “perfect diet”. I’ve tried various forms of the vegetarian diet, raw food diet, and ... more »

7 Ways to Eat Less Salt and Enjoy Your Food More

Sunday Jan 26 2014 | by Frederic Patenaude

I’m a recovering salt addict. I admit it. Growing up, I never had very strong cravings for sugar. I’d always choose a salty dish over a ... more »

How to Cook Healthy in a Tiny Kitchen

Thursday Jan 9 2014 | by Frederic Patenaude

A couple of weeks ago we did a survey that some of you answered. Here’s a question that we received,  which I’d like to answer ... more »

Three Ideas for Warm, Vegan Recipes

Tuesday Jan 7 2014 | by Frederic Patenaude

Last December I was visiting Kevin and Annmarie in balmy Berkeley, California, for our quarterly “in-person” Renegade Health meeting. It ... more »

Top Health Books I Read in 2013

Thursday Jan 2 2014 | by Frederic Patenaude

Last year has been an amazing year for me. I was so busy that I didn’t have time to read as many books as usual. But I nonetheless came across ... more »

What Your Heart Rate Says About Your Health

Tuesday Dec 17 2013 | by Frederic Patenaude

When I was 19 years old, studying music at college, I was told by one of my professors that having an “average” heart rate was not good. ... more »

5 Day Water Fast: Frederic Patenaude tells his story

Sunday Dec 15 2013 | by Frederic Patenaude

I’m currently in the middle of a five-day fast at the TrueNorth Health Center in beautiful Santa Rosa, California. This fast is actually a ... more »

Is Sugar a Drug as Bad as Cocaine?

Monday Dec 2 2013 | by Frederic Patenaude

Last week I watched on Netflix the documentary “Food Matters,” which makes an honest attempt to convince its viewers to abandon processed foods ... more »

Is Coffee Healthy or Is Coffee Unhealthy?

Monday Nov 25 2013 | by Frederic Patenaude

Coffee: Friend or Foe? We hear a lot of conflicting reports on coffee. For years, we were told that coffee was bad for health. But in the recent ... more »

The Death of the Raw Food Diet

Tuesday Oct 15 2013 | by Frederic Patenaude

  “The Raw Food Diet Craze – R.I.P. 1998-2013” “Cooked Food is Not a Sin” Uncle Jethro Raw The raw food diet, as a ... more »

4 Nutrition Fads I’m Tired of Hearing

Tuesday Oct 8 2013 | by Frederic Patenaude

Diet gurus LOVE to tell you what you should eat, but more importantly, what you should NOT eat. Almost every single diet on the planet revolves around ... more »

Can Fruit Make You Fat? (The Answer Is Maybe)

Friday Sep 27 2013 | by Frederic Patenaude

Last week, Andrew Perlot posted a video where he showed the results of a personal experience where he tried to see if he could get overweight eating ... more »

Those Blueberries Won’t Die!

Sunday Sep 22 2013 | by Frederic Patenaude

Been using Berry Breeze device and it’s wonderful. Produce no longer rots quickly in the fridge. Saves a ton of money and headaches. Photos ... more »

Corn Tortillas: A Gluten-Free Food Most People Overlook

Tuesday Sep 17 2013 | by Frederic Patenaude

I used to spend every winter in Costa Rica, for about five or six years in a row. It’s there that I developed a taste for traditional corn ... more »

9 Good Reasons to Exercise

Sunday Sep 15 2013 | by Frederic Patenaude

I’ve got a younger brother, and he’s the athletic one in the family. Growing up, he was into sports: basketball, skying, cross-country ... more »

Healthy Travel by Plane

Monday Sep 9 2013 | by Frederic Patenaude

I wouldn’t say I’m a road warrior, but I travel by plane every 4 to 6 weeks on average. And as we all know, flying is not as pleasant as ... more »

My Raw Food Advice Summarized

Monday Sep 2 2013 | by Frederic Patenaude

In 1996, I was barely 20 years old when I decided to go raw. My initial experiments on the raw food diet were arduous, hazardous, ... more »

My Fitness Advice Summarized in 7 Tips

Thursday Aug 22 2013 | by Frederic Patenaude

Both Kevin and I have noticed that our readers seem to have less interest in fitness than in other topics, like diet. But this puzzles us because ... more »

My 80-20 Rule of Health

Saturday Aug 10 2013 | by Frederic Patenaude

Are you familiar with the 80-20 Rule? If you’ve read a lot of personal development books, you probably are. This principle is often used over and ... more »

Crazy Deficiency Stories and Some Thoughts on B12

Friday Aug 9 2013 | by Frederic Patenaude

One day, at the age of 18, after reading John Robbin’s book Diet for a New America, I decided to become a vegetarian. Probably the first day I ... more »

Salt, Sugar, Fat: 15 Shocking Facts From the Book and Our Review

Monday Aug 5 2013 | by Frederic Patenaude

I recently read a book called “Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us“, by Michael Moss. This is the first book that really ... more »

4 Junk Foods That Are Good For You

Tuesday Jul 30 2013 | by Frederic Patenaude

Many foods have gotten a bad rap. We generally tend to view foods in one of two categories: “good” or “bad.” But nutrition, ... more »

The Magic of Intermittent Fasting

Friday Jul 26 2013 | by Frederic Patenaude

According to standard health advice, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Also, we should never skip meals and instead regularly eat ... more »

Top 10 Best Foods at the Health Food Store

Tuesday Jul 16 2013 | by Frederic Patenaude

If you had walked into one of the first health food stores that opened decades ago, you would  likely have found  produce, whole grains, seeds, ... more »

What About Messages in the Water?

Monday Jul 15 2013 | by Frederic Patenaude

“How can you say that water is not living when Dr. Marasu Emoto proved that it is in his book Messages in the Water by showing pictures of living ... more »

Top 7 Best and Worst Health Foods for Your Teeth

Wednesday Jul 3 2013 | by Frederic Patenaude

We all know that candy bars and sugary soda is bad for teeth, but what about all those foods that are touted as having great benefits for our ... more »

Why Raw Foodists Have Bad Teeth: Exclusive Renegade Health Article

Monday Jul 1 2013 | by Frederic Patenaude

In 2001, I got extremely bad news from my dentist. I had gone back from a long adventure in California, where I lived exclusively on a raw food diet ... more »

My Experiment Living on $3.33 a Day on a Plant-Based Diet

Monday Mar 4 2013 | by Frederic Patenaude

One of the biggest complaints I hear about eating a healthy diet (high raw or something else) is the cost of food. Especially nowadays, now that food ... more »