That is my question this weekend. I’ve just seen a “famous name” come to town looking worse than I ever did at my heaviest (okay, this person definitely needs a good stylist, or at least some serious advice as to how to dress when you are carrying that much extra poundage) I could not stay at the event because I am allergic to people who are telling me what to do when it looks to me like whatever they are doing would be very dangerous for me (I DO NOT WANT TO BE FAT AGAIN). Twenty dollars down the tubes, or maybe not!!!!! I have never read this person’s books, and now I am wondering about my resistance … Now, I do not think I ever want to, even though this person is a well-known top-selling author in the raw food field, on everyone’s “best books” list.
So, how can you be raw and be fat?
Natural hygiene should help with weight control, I would think.
Eating whole foods without any added sugars/sweeteners of any sort should help keep weight down.
Eating food in some sort of reasonable ratio of carbohydrates to protein and fat (40-30-30, or 50-25-25, or 55- 25-20) should help people stay slim.
To date, I have seen two “big name” raw food people whose weight is, in my view, out of control, if not obese (okay, obese in my book is 20 plus pounds over … as a former blimp, I panic at a 10 lb. gain — I knowhow easy it is to put on weight if you are not looking). If I am to believe these so-called gurus, and believe that they are, in fact, 100% raw, as we are led to believe, then I must begin to consider that they are eating too much of the “transition” foods… those which are hight in sweeteners and/or dried fruit.
Seeing these people sends me fleeing back to a high protein and fat- low carbohydrate diet. Such a diet allows me a lot of food, as long as I moderate my diet to include sufficient protein (30%) in relation to the amount of carbohydrate (40%), and the amount of fat (30%)
I can do this by the meal — and by meal, I mean “eating session”. I can imagine myself eating Lara bars non-stop, but I must stop and examine the amount of protein to the carbs and fats, otherwise, despite the goodness of raw food, I will get fat. Okay, that is work… looking at raw vegan protein sources, and figuring out how much protein/carb/fat is in each one)
I really do think, though, that managing “sweets” (additives to make food sweet), is probably the way to get fat on raw food. That is true in my life… If I up my consumption of banana ice cream, I will gain weight. If I require myself to balance all carb consumption with protein and fat, I will probably keep my weight in check