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Raw Food Controversies: How to Avoid Common Mistakes That May Sabotage Your Health [Kindle Edition]

Frederic Patenaude
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Frederic Patenaude decided to become a raw-foodist in 1996, but after just two years on the diet, his health was falling apart. He thought he was on the best diet in the world, but a mysterious ailment struck him and left him crippled in bed for a month. Since that dreadful experience, Frederic kept searching for the ideal diet. After 14 years, he's ready to reveal it all and expose some of the most well-kept secrets of the raw-food movement that other raw-food leaders don’t want you to know.

Raw Food Controversies demolishes common raw-food myths and establishes useful guidelines for healthy eating. In this book, the author describes his tumultuous years of trial and error with the raw food diet, and the multiple health problems caused by eating raw the wrong way, while providing useful lessons he's learned along the way. Bringing common sense, science and sanity to the raw food movement, Raw Food Controversies answers important questions that have been avoided for too long. It will be of interest to anyone wishing to improve their health, particularly vegans and raw foodists.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The single most useful book on raw food 25 Aug. 2012
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It is very refreshing to see an author discuss the pros and cons of a particular diet with such candor through his own personal experience. I spend a lot of my time reading nutrition related articles, books etc and I am very familiar with some the raw food theories in existence and some of the comments made by raw food fanatics. I've also experimented with the raw food diet as well as many other diets in the search for optimum and connected health. The problem with a lot of raw foodists is that they become completely regimented in their views ignoring what their body is telling them(often I'm starving!) This view isn't unique to raw foodists, its the same with Vegans, Paleos and many others...thousands of benefits and any negative is usually due to the adaptive/detox phase. Frederic Patenaude dispels the myths of raw food in a concise and logical way through his own often painful experiences. Such a well written and concise book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Intro to Raw Food for a First Timer 8 Nov. 2012
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I found this book to be informative, fun and exciting. I knew literally almost nothing about the Raw Food movement before reading this book. I am inspired to really improve my diet by the book but not to go 100% raw. There are a lot of gems in it, advice and pitfalls and it is a very honest account of a personal journey and an industry/movement which has some significant traps for the unwary. The only criticism I have is that it is a little repetitive.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 21 May 2013
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I wholly recommend this book, it is honest and well written. It takes an autobiographical direction throughout which makes it more interesting. I would like to state however, if I had visited Frederick's webpage first I would never have bought this book, therefore I am grateful that I did not discover his webpage until later. The reason for this is that the webpage is very pushy sell sell sell with pop-ups coming at you all the time, it really does give the impression that the author is only in it for the money. Frederick is not afraid to admit he was wrong or that he has adjusted his views on any aspect of raw foodism, this makes him very different to other 'holly raw foodists'. Basically the book takes you on Fred's journey from regular SAD diet to raw food via vegetarianism and veganism, taking in all his health mishaps and mistakes, enabling the reader to draw their own conclusions and avoid the same mistakes. Fred continues to evolve and learn along his chosen path and reports his findings on his webpage, if you can tolerate the big push on it?!? to this end he now has a new book called 'raw freedom' which I have just purchased.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw food realism 29 May 2012
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I've been eating high raw, mostly vegan for over 2 years now but, like Frederic, was curious as to how to make my diet even better and to overcome the annoying health issues that still crop up. This book has literally opened my eyes with its honest, flexible and thought-provoking approach. It's partly autobiographical but focuses on the food, diet and health aspects of the author's life. I can really identify with the writer, which probably made it easier for me to read, and I like the more scientific approach to the topics researched in the book (complete with references). I really enjoyed hearing about how people like David Wolfe started out and to hear that some of the well known people in the raw food movement sometimes got things wrong too.

There are some slightly repetitive parts of the book but despite that I would also say that it is quite thorough. Some people may be dubious as the author is not a nutritionist and doesn't have a scientific background so, essentially, the content of the book is his opinion. However, as a scientist myself, I would say that it is a well researched opinion and that anecdotal evidence can be just as useful for an individual as statistics and studies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've started so I'll finish 9 July 2013
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A very honest and informative insight into eating raw.....something that I've scratched the surface from time to time. After starting this kindle version I found it very hard to put down till finished. I liked the author's honesty and I've decided to read some other material from people mentioned by him.......thank you Frederic
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book!! 8 Jun. 2011
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This book is a really easy read, full of information and first hand experiences for anyone contemplating going raw. By chance I was reading it at the time I went to a 1 week raw food retreat. I was able to compare what we were eating and what the book said about it. It was REALLY interesting to 'live' the book!!!
I highly recommend this book to avoid raw food pitfalls.
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2.0 out of 5 stars not what I signed up for. money back, please. 25 Mar. 2014
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If this book were entitled 'one man's, slightly self-indulgent, exploration into the raw food scene' then I'd give it 5 stars. This is not, however, what the title claims. I was looking for scientific research and grounded evidence. Instead, I got a collection of immature journal writings. I gave it two stars because I appreciate the effort it goes not writing a book and there were a few interesting kernels amongst all the other tedious diary entries that I had to sift through. Btw- these aren't 'controversies' anyone with a tiny bit if knowledge about nutrition knows this if you eat mostly fruit you'll get cavities and eating loads of nuts and avocados is not good for health.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good _ I was looking for this type of book 10 Aug. 2013
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Really interesting book.
The writer has a young and easy style. That make the book really easy to read.
I am on a verge of changes but before I started a new diet I was looking for more information, I found this book and it comforted me in my choices. But it also brought me back to reality. It won't be easy to change diet and lifestyle.
I think that I will keep researching a bit longer and I would like to read more of his books.
I definitely recommend this book !
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A raw food bible
Enjoyable read and answered a lot of questions I had about a raw diet. If you are on or thinking about a raw diet, its well worth reading
Published 1 month ago by Penny
1.0 out of 5 stars pathetic book
raw food changed my life and healed me in ways i didnt even know i needed healing. its the power of nature in its natural state, which makes alot of sense considering we are on... Read more
Published 20 months ago by anth lowther
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting to the heart of the matter
I enjoyed this autobiography of one man's journey through the raw food movement. Fred sounds like a sweet kid who tried his best and got swept up in it all. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mini Ninja
3.0 out of 5 stars Turns into self advertising near the end
Whilst the majority of this book had very interesting and often useful information about the pros and cons of eating raw, I was a bit put off by the 3 chapters near the end of the... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read but you will end up feeling controversial about your food...
Bought this book after a 30 day raw trial to get more informed on the raw food diet before going 100% raw. Read more
Published on 6 Jun. 2013 by Anoushka Wunsch
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative
Great book if you want to get more information and opinion about many trends in eating these days. The author describes his journey in an interesting and captivating way that makes... Read more
Published on 28 Mar. 2013 by Annah
5.0 out of 5 stars something more real:)
excellent book I would definitely recommended this to everyone who is interest in raw food diet.It shows bigger picture of this diet not only positive sides but also negatives and... Read more
Published on 12 Mar. 2013 by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars EYE OPENER
I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN.I HAVE BEEN RESEARCHING RAW FOOD FOR A WHILE NOW AND FRANKLY I HAD BECOME MORE CONERNED THAT TOTALLY RAW WAS PERHAPS NOT THE HOLY GRAIL OF HEALTHY... Read more
Published on 18 Feb. 2013 by mrs diane arnold
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