A Raw Food Diet

This is my friend Chris Kendal. He is a raw food enthusiast. I heard the hardest thing about a 100% raw vegan diet is telling your parents you’re gay. Naturally I kid to deflect from my fears about my own lazy ‘diet’ which is three parts coffee and bread and one part taste based impulses. Chris recently indulged my curiosity and answered some burning questions I had about his experiences eating this way. You can view his website the-raw-advantage.com for even more information. As for my diet, just eat like Micheal Phelps with a hangover.

What sparked this way of eating?
Wells ive been a health conscious eater for about 10 years, 1st influential book “fit for life” since then i started eating fruit for breaky, n haent been sick since, that was the full 10 years ago. Around this time i started to go veggie, n then vegan. 5 years ago i met a long-term (27 years raw) successful athletic raw foodist Dr Douglas Graham, he trains athletes to reach their full potential. The Day after meeting him and attending his seminars i went 100% raw and havent turned back, beyond a few tests n zigs.

Why such an extreme diet?
It funny, in reality it is the most conservative diet, i mean we as a species are the only ones (beyond our domesticated animals) to eat cooked food, or even generally to eat more than 1 food at a meal (mono eating). I really just enjoy feeling much stronger lighter, having more energy, being clearer minded, more positive and happy, feeling more spiritually attuned, driven with purpose, never getting sick, nor worrying about disease. I feel that the sad (standard american diet) in which people knowingly are killing themselves bite by bite is much more extreme.

How do you feel day to day?
This is a loaded question, it really depends what is going on in my life and where i was in the diet. IN the first few weeks i personally felt awesome, then i hit some detox pockets for a few days to a week at a time over the first few years which were like a mild mild flu, runny nose n lill tired. Ive also had to learn to deal with emotional stresses differently, as genrally most people use food alcohol or other substances to “deal”, so in times that was a learning process that still is going on to a degree. All in all i feel much more like a 15 year old in energy and optimism and lightness than a 28 year old.

How much food do you eat a day?
It really depends on how active i am that day or the one before or after it, i simply follow my hunger and needs.
On average i eat about 8-12 pounds of produce. Usually 2-3 meals of 3-5 pounds of fruit and on average 1-5 pounds of greens/fruit veggies (cucumber tomato zuchinni ect) per day.
This could look like
breaky: 3lb of mellon
lunch: 3-4 lb of banana at times with 1 lb of greens
dinner: 3 lb mango before 1-3 lb salad of greens n tomatoes/cucumber w/ a fruit dressing.
Sounds like lotts, but really it becomes normal easy and most enjoyable quickly. It takes time for the body to get used to eating simple food in volume as it does mentally.

How many times a day do you poo?
This all depends on what i eat and how often. Generally after every meal, and often right when i get up. One perk, it’s quick n easy poo’s with little to no smell (or body odor). SO usually 2-4 times.

Have you had any friends or family try this diet with you?
I have a consultation service, so yesover the years ive personally helped dozens of friends, near all of my immediate family, some relatives as well as many consults. One person at a time. I also know many people i have helped have greatly influenced many of their close personal friend and family.

What have been your friends/family reactions?
HAHAH i have had many different, from good for you, to ohh i love fruit, to what about protien, to itll be interesting to see you in a few years, to want some steak hahah, to your a rabbit eh, to just eat some cooked already, so many. Most people are interested some threatened others don’t give a rats. I try not to make a big deal of it, and just answer questions simply if someone asks.

Have you experienced any set backs?
In the first few years i had struggles consitatnly getting in enough calories, as well with managing emotional troubles and resulting guilt from setbacks. For sure had a few rough times, but learned much from them in the moment and even more looking back. Brings much passion to helping others transition smoother than I did.

How do you fit eating this way around working long/unusual hours?
I find it no harder than any other lifestyle. I siple try to stock m favorites at home and pack smoothies or bags of food when i go somewhere, otherwise hit any grocer or market, and have no problem missing a meal if i cant find the goods.

Do you grocery shop a lot? How much does your food cost?
Depending if i am traveling or at home or a friends, lots to a few times a week. At home i shop 1-5 times a week, buying by the box or in bulk to save time and $. Traveling i at times shop for each meal, i personally enjoy that, stalking my food and getting to know at which shop the best deals on different food are found. China town often has great deals and interesting exotics.

Do you ever think of food as a treat or reward?
When i fist started a cheat was a odd treat, later it became a torture as i put focus on the before during and after, mentally, physically, and emotionally instead of just the taste. Sometimes a expensive or tropical fruit seems a treat. Ill splurge on a jackfruit or durian at times and enjoy it much. IN fact i want to travel to the tropics to enjoy more of my faves for much less denero šŸ™‚

Do you miss any junk foods/cooked foods?
I can honestly say nope not at all. In the past I have, and found it most so in the first few weeks starting, or after falling off the wagon. It interesting within a month or two most people who learn to consume enough calories and partake inregular exercise/playing find cooked/junk foods no longer appeal to them.

Do you ever indulge in alcohol?
IN the last 5 years i have had a few bouts of drinking, i used to love the sauce. IN the last 3 years its been rare more than a drink a month or so, and this past newyears gave it up. not a drop since 08 n no desire.

Does eating this diet feel like a sacrifice?
IN odd moments, when maybe my favorite old dish is being served, or i dont have good foods at the moment. But really i find not feeling this way much much more a sacrifice as it effects all aspect of my life so profoundly.

Does it ever feel like work?
Most meals are so easy to prepare eat n clean its laughable, sometimes i make elaborate meals, but really its 90% much much easier than cooking. Feeling sluggish and cloudy felt like much more work to me.

Do you take vitamins?
Fruits contain the highest source of vitamins and water of any food, second in minerals and fiber, veggies highest in minerals and fiber and second in vit n h20. I get everything i need form my diet, no need to supplement.

Have you ever talked to a doctor or dietician?
I am a certified holistic nutritionist. Ive talked to many dietitians dr.s on both sides of the fence. Recently i got a full physical and my family doctor was amazed, saying my blood was the best she’d ever seen, and to keep on doing what i am doing it works. Its amazing how many dr.s, dietitians who don’t exhibit good health have told me my diet is inadequate, based on inadequate knowledge, especially when i had to go through their learnings to get here. Did you know docs get less than a days worth of outdated nutritional training, their focus is treating and suppressing symptoms not health.

Has there been any health concerns (before or after the diet)?
Nope, not except learning to get enough calories.

What do you feel is the relationship between how you eat and canadian culture?
Hmm not much really, nbever thought about it. I think more and more people are wishing to be more healthy, i simply feel the desire to point others in a good direction letting them know its never a bad desision to eat more fruits and veggies.

Was there a following to this way of eating when you lived in Vancouver? Or in LA?
INdeed there was, but pretty small and spread out. You would be surprised there is more than a few views on how to eat raw, and not unlike religions different philosophies can divide. Its really silly, but the good thing is more people are living the raw lifestyle than in over 60 years (this isnt the first raw food bloom in our recent or long term history) and compassion and focus on similarities in all is growing.

Do you have any future plans related to this way of eating?
Keep getting younger stronger more knowledgeable and more loving and compassionate toward myself, others, and all life. Help others to feel more at ease to come into the raw lifestyle and to learn to cope with all the aspects that come with such a positive growing change in our being.

5 Comments

  1. nicole says:

    This was a really interesting read! I am not sure if I buy the ‘no supplements required’ part because he would be missing out on the vitamin B12 but since that one’s related to memory anyways maybe he just can’t remember.

  2. David says:

    Yeah i’ve heard B12 and other meat related nutrients are the main reasons why the brains of early hominids evolved into the intelligent humans of today. Super good interview!

  3. todd says:

    I heard the same about evolution and meat eating. I’ll take that 15 yr old energy tho!

  4. Crust says:

    I was wondering about the use of salt in the raw food diet. Is a little sea salt okay? What about vinegar and olive oil?

  5. Thanks Much Todd
    I am very thankful for this opportunity to share. For some answers to you above questions visit my faq’s at
    http://the-raw-advantage.com/?page_id=10
    Feel free to email me with any other questions, comments or concerns.
    enjoy
    peacelovenseasonalfruit ck

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