FACTS: Raw Living Food & Cooked Food Lifestyles

FACTS: Are there any detrimental results from going back and forth between the raw living food and cooked food organic lifestyles?

Absolutely. I think that’s a disaster; I’ve seen this happen over and over again. I have seen people that were on a 100% raw living food lifestyle for three years or more and all of a sudden somebody convinced them to eat raw meat or go back to cooked animal protein and then they develop cancer. I’m absolutely positive that that’s where it came from. I’ve also seen other people get diabetes.

Once you go on a raw living food lifestyle or the vegan lifestyle for any length of time and you’re doing it correctly, your body actually changes on your cellular level. You become more efficient and you are less tolerant of processed food and especially concentrated proteins(ex: animal proteins).

That’s why I don’t recommend the optimal 100 percent raw living food lifestyle for everybody that comes to see me whether they could do it or not because I know some people are not ready to do it (reason: detoxification is more active, find more about this in Your Healthy Journey book). I wouldn’t want to see people do it for a year or two and go back because it’s not a good idea. A lot of people aren’t aware of that because they haven’t seen what the long-term effects are, I have in my practice. When people consult with me I question them extensively and I can see why and how they got themselves into trouble. Sometimes it’s the mechanics of the lifestyle and/or it can be how you’re facing it emotionally.

I don’t like to see people going back and forth especially from a 100 percent raw living food lifestyle to eating mostly cooked food. If you’re going back to some vegan foods that are cooked after you get through the initial adjustment (short timetables) you’re going to be okay, but I don’t like the idea of going back and forth to animal protein from a 100 percent raw living food lifestyle.  Even if you weren’t on a 100 percent raw lifestyle but it was 90 percent raw, I’ve still seen people get problems.

When people come to see me I just tell them that if you want to be a healthy person you have to make sure you’re eating plenty of raw whole plant foods, preferably 80 raw/20 cooked or 70 raw/30 cooked. If you can do a vegan lifestyle, great – if you can’t, eat a minimal-moderate amount of animal protein that’s clean, no hormones, no chemicals, no pesticides. This is what I suggest in my book, Your Healthy Journey. It is called the Intermediate Level Lifestyle.

If they’re willing to go to a 100 percent raw food lifestyle, great, I love that. Then you should be working with someone who understands and has the experience of detoxification associated with the 100% raw whole plant-based lifestyle. A lot of people that come to see me are not. So, they need to know this variable exists in the human body.  In the end, I make sure people know that I’m against going back and forth. Remember, the body likes variety and also likes consistency.






Fred’s Revised Book: Your Healthy Journey

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Fred Bisci, author, “Your Healthy Journey”, Head of the Spartan Race Nutritional/Lifestyle Advisory Board, has successfully worked with amateur, elite, professional and extreme athletes. He has been a tenacious athlete completing eighteen marathons, two ultra-marathons. He also has a history as a Navy boxing champ, has successfully competed in Olympic-style weight lifting, and still leads an athletic life. Fred, born 1929, has lived on 100% raw plant foods for over 50 years and is a lifestyle/longevity coach, food scientist; detox/fasting expert and clinical nutritionist. He offers a natural, simple, common sense approach by showing people a well-grounded experience to the healing power, peak athletic performance and remedial capabilities of the human body.


Rory Dean