HIT Rob wrote:
Sorry i know this post was to Redsox, but i watched the video myself..
The individual Danny Daltan, indeed is in decent shape for a man of he's age, he doesn't overtraining which is also a good. (i know you mentioned this) but it disputes me when he talks about how over a 2 year period he lost a considerable amount of weight (including healthy weight) switching to a raw food diet, to the point were his family were becoming concerned for his well being, he states himself, he couldn't even look at himself in the mirror it got that ugly, a registered dietitian would called that an eating disorder.
He states that this was due to his body detoxifying, i would disagree with that, whether he realizes it or not, modern man's/homo sapiens digestive system has not evolved to have the capacity to digest huge quantities of raw foods, It shows this in the video i posted in early in this thread.
Now, he has rebuilt hes body, and looks like hes in good shape, i suspect his body has possibly began to adapt to this extreme change of lifestyle, but imo, the average trainee / person does not need to put the body through such an ordeal to become healthier.
I must point out, i am not against having some raw foods in one's diet, its perfectly healthy, but there are also plenty of perfectly good healthy nutritious food's, raw foodist's are missing out on simply because those food's need to be cooked. I fear there's more to it than just cooking food for the raw foodist, many off them talk about being "at one with nature" or "more spiritual", i have no issues with this, whatever makes them happy, they're doing me no harm, but i wont mistake what their saying as real information.[/quote]
I certainly respect what you're saying but disagree with your comment that it's not "real" information. There are plenty of people out there aside from Danny who not only follow but thrive on a raw vegan diet and there are numerous cases where people have successfully overcome chronic disease due to this way of eating. Certainly it isn't the only way, but to say it's not real is false as people do it daily. Perhaps it doesn't line up with your personal beliefs yes, but to say it isn't real information is a stretch. Plenty of people consume large amounts of raw food on a daily basis and seem to process and digest it just fine. I know many people don't have the same success - I think due to individual's own unique biochemistry would have a greater affect on how they process foods whether they be cooked or raw. Oh, and registered dietitians? Considering some still recommend the classic "food pyramid" I'll try not to mistake what they all say as "real information" either!
Please don't take this post as argumentative, just sharing my thoughts on the topic!
Not a all mate, no worries:)
Sorry Scott, i should have been more specific when i said "real info", i'm not talking about the raw food diet itself, i'm talking about when raw foodist being talking about being "more spiritual", and being "at one with nature" from following such an eating plan.
Indeed there are scientist and raw foodist's who will disagree with my opinion, and visa versa, which is fine, however some of the points i made are not subjective. As to how some individuals digestive system can tolerate such eating habits is beyond me, just as how my grandfather was able to smoke 20-30 cigarettes a day from the age of 15 to the age of 98 and not get cancer or have a stroke or heart attack..lol
I don't think food choices make you more spiritual, but I do think the majority of people I meet who follow a plant based diet-raw or not-tend to have a deeper connection to the environment and all living things. As far as food making you spiritual, hell in Alan Watt's book "The Way of Zen" he states that on the eve of the Buddha's enlightenment he "gave up, he relaxed his ascetic diet and simply ate some nourishing food." LOL