Raw Food and Weight Loss

by Susan on October 6, 2009

Zucchini-FlowersYou might want to sit down, I am going on a rant.

I have noticed lately that there are a lot of websites popping up promising weight loss with the “new raw food diet.” Honestly, this saddens me. Raw food for me is not just about weight loss, it is about health gain. It is about learning how to make better choices about the food we eat. It is about how our choices nourish our bodies. If we make good choices, we can have better health, bad choices can lead us to chronic disease, low energy, weight gain and poor health.

I abhor the word diet. The minute you say, “I need to lose weight”, you diminish yourself. You say, I am not what I should be. Personally, I do not have a skinny person’s genetics. But I am healthy. I exercise daily. Whether it be a 5 mile walk, or a power yoga vinyasa.  But do I look like Kate Moss? No.

Now here is where it gets interesting. I was having breakfast with a new friend last week. Someone who knew about my raw food business before they met me. When we met, I am guessing that I did not fit her “image” of what a raw food person should look like. Halfway through our meal, she looked at me and said, “If you are into raw food, why aren’t you skinny?”

Honestly, I didn’t quite know what to say. I am not skinny. Nor am I obese. I would describe myself as curvy and athletic. Skinny? No.

Unfortunately, this brought up a ton of issues for me. I have had times in my life when I gained weight. And truthfully, I have lost weight by eating raw. I still fluctuate. Even though this friend told me that I had a “beautiful face and great skin”, I drove home fighting all of the past insecurities that I have had for years, feeling like I must look awful.

If you are a woman, you know what I am talking about. Society tells us that we are supposed to look like the fashion models on the cover of magazines. It’s interesting that those models don’t  look like their pictures in real life. I have watched people starve themselves to fit a certain type. Is that healthy? No. You are still robbing your body of the essential nutrients it needs to be healthy. And if weight is your only concern, you are not going to be making good choices for your body.

At this meeting it was also suggested that I do a weight loss series on my blog. Take pictures of myself, post them and then show people how you can get skinny on raw food. Because, believe me, you can get skinny on raw food. Eat fruit, veggies and nothing else. You will get skinny. I actually considered it. For about 5 seconds.

Then the light turned on. I don’t believe in diets. I don’t believe in statements like, “oh, you cheated”, or “you can’t eat that”, or “is that on your diet?” I don’t believe in the negativity this creates around our bodies and what we eat. I think it sets you up for failure and self-loathing.

I believe in replacing the unhealthy food you are eating with healthy food. As you eat healthier, you will get healthier. If your body needs to, you will lose weight. Even with raw, it is not the wise choice to sustain yourself with raw Strawberry Cream Pie, raw cookies and raw ice cream. You still need to make balanced choices.

What happens if instead of saying, “I need to lose weight”, you replaced those words with, “I am making healthier choices about the food I eat.” One is negative and condemning, one is empowering. I am all about empowerment. It is a part of the whole process of being a healthy person. Healthy mind, healthy body, healthy attitude. Wanna join me in my  “anti-diet revolt” and join my “choose health” movement instead?

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Janice October 6, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Oh my, I hear ya’. I have been raw for less than 2 mos but deal with this mentality already. First I should say that I don’t mind the word ‘diet’ — a ‘diet’ is what we eat, what we consume – we ALL have “A” diet. The problem is the word has been so utterly hi-jacked in our society. So people keep asking me how my diet is going or if I’m still on that diet….

I keep trying to explain that it is a lifestyle or health choice – NOT a diet. They always seem a little pu-off by it….they say ‘ohh, well, okay’ is this lilting sing-song voice, as if I’m not being totally upfront with them.

Do I need to lose weight? Yes. Is that what this is about? No. Will it be a nice byproduct of choosing to eat right for myself? Yes. And I’m happy for that. But this isn’t temporary.

And I LOVE your choice of words – “Raw food for me is not just about weight loss, it is about health gain.” Not about loss, its about gain. I am ‘stealing’ that phrase!!!!! And I am going to cling to it for dear life and repeat it joyfully and often!

Thank you! And yes, I’m joining your ‘choose health’ movement – I will blog about it later today or tonight.

Janice

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Eco Mama October 6, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Best post ever. Your blog is perfect just the way it is, I love that it’s NOT about weight loss but good, yummy, healthy raw food. There’s enough about weight loss out there–a glut. And frankly, it’s completely boring. I’m totally over it. Women in this country are brainwashed and what we need is more positive input just like yours. I’m right there with you! You Rule!! And–Love the squash blossoms.
xoxo
Eco Mama

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Mary Turtle October 6, 2009 at 2:19 pm

Viva la healthy choices! I am a type 2 diabetic so trying to make healthy food choices is a way of life for me. I’m not skinny either – never have been – never will be. Hope to be more healthy in the future though.

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Kathryn Brandt October 6, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Right on sister! I think we should all start “reverse marketing” – any product that shows a face cream being modeled by a twelve year old, or a weight loss devise or program featuring body builders, things like that, should be shunned. If we stop falling for the crap that Wall Street and Hollywood keeps heaping into our heads, they would stop the message. The only thing that they understand is money, we stop buying their harmful messages, they will stop sending the message. Marketing has gotten harmful, consumers have to fight back!

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Michelle October 6, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Susan – you tell it like it is! Hats off to you for sharing your soul and insecurities in this blog post.

It is about being healthy – not about being skinny. Skinny does NOT represent health (at least not that I’ve been made aware of!)

I’m with you…on your “chose health” movement!

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Lori- pure2raw October 6, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Fantastic post! I totally agree with you. I am going to talk about this tonight on my blog! I agree with you in why you went raw those are the same reasons why my sister and I did too. Though, we do have the “slim” looking genetics (we are not bone thin though) but our skin is not pretty – we struggle with acne and depression. And we hate telling people that we eat raw foods and than they look at us and are like “what- you eat raw and have skin that like?” It hurts us, though we know one day we will have gorgeous skin! And raw foods will lead us there! I chose health as well!

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Susan October 7, 2009 at 11:29 pm

Just want to thank all of you for the wonderful comments. When I need to be inspired, I will read all of your words!

Susan

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Cyndi October 6, 2009 at 11:06 pm

I’m a first time visitor (referred by @elissastein). What a great post! I do not eat all raw food (although I’m slowly headed in that direction) and applaud you for being so healthy. I have to say it seems incredibly rude to ask you why you aren’t skinny, or maybe that’s just my own unhealthy perfect body ideal perception (the opposite of skinny must be fat). I’m loving your blog – the tomato basil soup is calling my name! :)

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Kate Quinn October 6, 2009 at 11:22 pm

This is a fantastic article Susan! I teach raw food preparation, and have been eating high raw for a number of years but I am still overweight due to thyroid issues slowing down my weight loss. I have never had a comment directly from people but I am still insecure at times about teaching raw while not being the “perfect image” of a raw foodie. I believe though that as ambassadors for the “choose health” message is what should come first, and that living and sharing that core belief is more powerful than “just getting skinny on a diet” will ever be!

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Curvatude October 6, 2009 at 11:31 pm

oh i totally agree.

i initially went raw partly because i wanted to try something that i felt would be the next step for me as a vegetarian of many years and that perhaps would make me healthier (i have a very serious familial cholesterol issue) not because i wanted to lose weight.

it just happened that as a bi product, i have lost weight.

but i have to note that to say that what that person said to you was rude would be an understatement.

the nerve.

you are so nice. i am a taurus. my response would have come out as such!

anyway, i dont believe in diets either and sometimes people find that hard to take because i am a plus size woman.

but oh well.

i joke that i #rawdietcheat on twitter but i honestly don’t consider when i eat non raw foods as cheating..its my choice…this is my journey…

as far as the body image struggle that women feel, thankfully it has not been a big deal for me mainly because even when i was little girl i could sniff out BS.. and call it what it is.

but i am totally in on the “choose health” movement!

Lets Rock!

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GirlonRaw October 7, 2009 at 7:46 am

Wonderful post. I read this because of the Pure2Raw girls mention of you and I totally relate. Although I would love the weight loss with a high raw diet, that is not my motive. Health is the no1 priority to me and everything else is a bonus. I do believe that you look after your body it will look after you and provide you with a strong healthy body that is for you. Some raw foodies I think can look emaciated and I wonder if that is really healthier than eating a standard diet. Great through provoking post. I am going to add you to my blog roll :)

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GirlonRaw October 7, 2009 at 7:47 am

Thought provoking I meant! :D

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Damon October 7, 2009 at 12:07 pm

BRAVO! I Totally and absolutely agree with and support you! I push the term “food education”.We have to accept the fact that we have simply been mis-educated by our parents, teachers, friends, peer-pressure and media to eat the way we do/did (SAD). We have to full on own it and deal with it. What to do? Learn how our bodies work, how we process the foods we choose to fuel our body and what happens when we make choices our bodies do not agree with. Again, this is a great and enlightening post that will help all of us raw or not to stay inspired and live our lives wonderfully….have a great day everyone!

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Janet October 8, 2009 at 3:30 am

Terrific post Susan! Health gain needs to be our focus—that’s the most important thing.

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Ida Friedman October 11, 2009 at 9:12 pm

SOOO glad I found your blog. You are so right! I am new to raw food, but not new to dieting. I’ve done it all my life. Want to gain weight? Go on a diet. Seriously. I am learning to make healthier, tasty choices. A raw friend of mine returned from Europe recently and said to me on the phone…”Are you eating raw? Did you lose any weight?” I decided she is not someone I want in my life because she is shallow, caring more about appearances than substance.
I learn a lot of raw recipes online, and have found classes in my area. I don’t stress about going completely raw, just learning new recipes and ingredients, and taking it slowly. I do like how it makes me feel.Will keep reading your blog. Thank You!

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Susan October 11, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Thanks so much! I am glad you found the blog!

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Bunny Berry October 22, 2009 at 10:46 am

Amen. Thank you for writing this. Weight loss is gravy on top for me on my raw food lifestyle. I’m not a miracle weight loss loser on raw foods, and you wouldn’t believe the mail I get about being a loser because I am not a skinny raw foodist. The way I see it, my body is working on me from the inside out. Healing, and working on what is most important. I’m still slowly losing, but I’d rather be a little chubby and healthy than skinny and obsessed with the weight.

Thank you for sharing this. Do you mind if I share on RawFu? Let me know; bunny@rawfu.com

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Nathalie Lussier October 26, 2009 at 1:41 pm

Way to go Susan! I think you’re spot on. We’re all in this for health first, and mental wellbeing is certainly a part of my definition of health.

Yes, weight loss does seem to go along with raw food. But then again, if we gained weight along the years we can’t expect to lose it in 2 seconds. I think you brought up a great point that you can eat raw but not healthy (raw cookies, ice cream, etc.) but it’s a great way to transition to raw.

Now you’re so right to focus on health first. :)

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Stacy October 28, 2009 at 2:36 am

Well said!!

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Ada Gaber November 22, 2009 at 11:56 am

After being a vegan for 35 years and on perfect weight, went on the raw food diet for health problems. Almost solved all my problems, but am loosing weight like mad. What should I do?

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Dan November 25, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Great article, I just found your website today looking for new recipes (oh and I can’t wait to make the oatmeal cookies, the pumpkin pie is a little too much in terms of time for thanksgiving and the tools i have available). I’ve never heard of the raw food diet as a weight loss fad, although I will admit I kinda live in a bubble. But that makes me mad, people are already live with so many insecurities for whatever reason and is pisses me off that people try to take advantage of other peoples fears and insecurities to make money. Ghandi taught us that we should not exploit others for personal gain and I believe that 100% and I think that this applies to situations like this. Anyways thank you for sharing your creativity with others your site is awesome!

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tringyokel December 9, 2009 at 7:34 pm

Only found your blog about a week ago and just read this post.

The word diet has certainly changed its meaning for many folk. Whereas I understand it to mean a way of eating it now seems to mean a temporary restrictive eating plan with the sole aim of losing weight. If I say I am on a raw food diet the first comment is usually that any weight lost will return when I go back to a “normal” diet.

They just don’t get that I do not intend to return to the bad way of eating.

I’d better confess now that I am not 100% raw. For most of the last year I have been raw at home but accepting that I have to eat cooked foods when eating out. This situation is far from perfect but I have been able to live with it.

This is all about to change, though. I hope it’s not considered bad form to link to another blog but the post at http://eatmoreraw.net/blog/?p=433 has really inspired me to move towards 100%.

And with your recipes, Susan, I might just make it. Please keep the inspiration coming. I have nothing to lose but my surplus weight and bad health.

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Bianca December 12, 2009 at 5:54 am

Ah, this just made me feel better about myself ‘-‘ Good post. Thanks!

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Maryam December 18, 2009 at 2:18 am

First of all I’m so impressed by your commitment .. I’m not a raw person nor vegetarian, but know a days I’m trying my best to be raw most of the week and I keep one or two days to taste and eat what I like “perhaps one day I will choose to be complete raw I can never till” .. since I started I really I’m felt huge difference and big improvement in my health .. You are right going raw is a life style to be healthy and live better life not a diet to lose some weight !! I think who goes raw to lose weight he/she didn’t understand the real concept behind it which is much bigger and important than losing some lbs. Yes I’m happy with my weight loss but that a small part from the whole picture .. wish all of you the best ..

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Cassie December 22, 2009 at 3:45 pm

I have just started the raw food journey myself. I suffer from all sorts of health issues including obesity. Weight loss is one of my primary goals because my weight is a serious health concern not because I desire to be skinny. I desire to be alive. I have thyroid issues, fibroids, cysts, multiple bowel obstructions, hernias and all sorts of ills. So far in two weeks “Raw” my thyroid tests are coming back in the normal range(I threw my medication out a while ago). And I have lost 13 pounds. I feel horrible that someone will feel they have the right to judge you or your weight. Raw Food is about being healthy. If we are morbidly obese that is not healthy, If we are underweight that is not healthy either. I am hoping that as I lose I will balance into a nice curvy healthy size. Still I am celebrating my body just as it is for now and as it transforms into a healthier me.

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Susan December 22, 2009 at 3:48 pm

Thanks for sharing…I applaud your efforts and support you on your journey!

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Nanna December 31, 2009 at 10:03 pm

Look what a chord you have struck with this post! Yay you! Men and women are beautiful precisely because they come in so many beautiful sizes and shapes and colors and textures – like you, I want to be STRONG and healthy and joyful.

Thank you for this post!

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KA February 17, 2010 at 11:32 am

You’re preaching to the choir over here. Am I at my ideal weight? Nope. Am I huge? Nope. But what I’m not, is doing one more single diet. I believe that if we just learn to give our bodies what they need, then our bodies will do what they need to do. Dieting is OUT, nourishment is IN!

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Kristina February 24, 2010 at 9:31 am

I love this post!
I’m not raw, I’m vegan, but I am incorporating some more raw meals into my diet. I am also curvy, I don’t think I fit what most peoples image of a vegan is. I fight that stereotype a bit. Sometimes I think I need to go do more yoga or eat more arugula or force myself into things I’m not really into so I can be someone elses image of what I should be. I stopped that recently.
I do want to lose weight, but only ten pounds or so and only because I notice that when I lose weight I feel lighter and more energetic.
Nobody said being curvy or having some hips was unhealthy, they’re just regurgitating what they’ve seen on television.
Good post and awesome blog!

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Catherine March 27, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Thank you. Though loosing what I don’t need weight wise is part of my choice to go raw, the biggest factor was when the doctor said we need to put you on insulin. Can’t say the thought of injecting myself had me happy and the doctor told me the insulin will make me more hungry, thus gain more weight. In just a week of going 50% raw my blood sugar numbers have come down to normal –something I haven’t seen in awhile. My goal is to be 80% raw. I can’t wait to go back to my doctor and show her what the raw way of eating has done!
It is not about the weight. It is about getting my life back!

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Susan March 27, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Would love for you to keep us updated!!

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Rose April 8, 2010 at 9:47 am

I have been raw for just shy of four weeks and I have lost 9 pounds, but for the last two weeks have plateaued. I am eating and exercising the same. Everyone said to change your work out routinue and change your foods around if you want to break a plateau. I did. Still on a weight plateau. So I was looking on the web for SOMETHING or someones experience as to why I have not even lost another pound in two weeks, so thank you for your words…. I have wrote the some of the same sentiments as you in my blog. I have to had to remind myself I am doing this for HEALTH, but in the back of my mind, there is a little voice saying, BUT you should be losing a little more weight. Honestly I have this fear of still being overweight and a raw foodist, it is not seeming to go away. I am feeling better health wise and frankly, I am enjoying eating this way. I do not feel deprived. I do not ever seeing myself going back… I just need to learn to deal with my fears and issues with weight and be patient and let my body heal. The best to all of you in your quest for health ~Rose

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Andrea April 16, 2010 at 1:25 pm

I’ve finally gotten off of the rollercoaster! Thank you for your words about dieting. I’ve been eating raw for about 5 months and, for the first time in my life, I’ve found a way of eating that satifies me completely. In my first three weeks of eating raw, I lost about nine pound and then maybe one or two pounds since. I’m not big, I’m not small and I no longer worry about that. About eighteen months ago I was diagnosed with nasal cancer and, though my doctors can’t tell me where it comes from, I have reasoned that my body must be ultra sensitive to chemicals. That’s when I looked into raw foods. I was joyously surprised at how much I LOVE the food. And especially the recipes on your site.

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Gina May 7, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Your post sums up my entire philosophy and is the exact message I convey to my 11 year daughter. Yes, at 11 she’s already asking me if she’s “fat” or “skinny” and asks if I my vegan way of eating is me being “on a diet.” It saddens me to see how early it starts!

I have taken great strides her entire life never to complain about my weight, never to say “I need to diet.” What I do say is that I like eating healthy and making good choices so that I don’t have to worry about my weight or worry about my health. I tell her that if she thinks more about the quality of what she eats, she’ll be able to not worry about whether or not she’s “fat” because she’ll be at a healthy weight that’s good for her body.

She, like any 11 year old, does enjoy things like pizza and the like but I’m happy to see her enjoying eating home cooked meals more than going out. She saves the junky foods for special occasions like when she’s with friends and they are sharing a meal. I’m also happy when she tells me “Mom, I’m going to have fruit for dessert.” WITHOUT MY PROMPTING!

So my little message to anyone with a young daughter, start the positive messaging about food and their self image EARLY because they are barraged with negative imaging about diets and body styles. You can defeat it by setting a good example and constantly reminding them that a healthy body is a perfect body, no matter the shape or size.

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Karen Mitchell July 13, 2010 at 4:03 pm

I chose the raw lifestyle for my health. I have hypothyroid, adrenal exhaustion, fibromyalgia and constant inflammation in my joints. My mother died 4 months ago of pancreatic cancer (she only lived 2.5 months after her diagnosis) and the one thing she told me on her death bed was “please, do what it takes to get healthy”. After hours and hours of searching on the internet, everything came back to raw. I chose raw to make my body better.

I’ve only been raw for a short time, but I too and already getting “how many pounds have you lost” like it was my only motivation in choosing this lifestyle. I keep waiting for somebody to say “have you been able to get off your thyroid meds?” Or “is your pain level diminished?” instead, but I realize society, as a whole, just doesn’t think that way.

My reason for choosing raw was to give my life back to me :)

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Dia July 21, 2010 at 5:37 am

This is a lovely post! I also love your comment: “not just about weight loss, it is about health gain.” & about making healthy choices! When I was in La Leche League in the 70s, our ‘food’ motto was “Eat a wide variety of food, in close to it’s natural state” – yes! (& I’d add fresh, local & in season as much as possible!) That’s my ideal.

& I’d echo the comments on self image & even kids ‘worrying’ about their weight/size. Some of the comments are so touching – what wonderful stories!
Here’s a definition for diet – Etymology: Middle English diete, from Anglo-French, from Latin diaeta, from Greek diaita, literally, manner of living, from diaitasthai to lead one’s life – 13th Century — so ‘leading our lives’ . . .

Here’s part of my story: I’ve been ‘into’ natural foods since the early 70s, gardened, exercised (dance, water aerobics, riding my bike), I’m a Massage Therapist, & will be 60 in a few months.
I went GF for health gain (love that!) last summer when my daughter had the genetic testing, & found she’d gotten a gluten sensitivity gene from me! She & her little family (girls now 5 & 10, her & her hubby) were going GF, so I figured I would, too. I was pleasantly surprised when weight started coming off as well – I’ve now lost that extra 20 post menopausal # I thought I was ‘stuck with,’ & am back to my ‘ideal weight’.
I have always been ‘normal’ size, but had ‘child bearing hips’ – Nadine G, a local GF consultant http://www.glutenfreern.com had ‘Polish Potato Picker Legs’ before going gluten free ~ 4 years ago (she’s lost 35#, has her hair back, & her skin’s clearing up!). When I heard her talk on Gluten & mental health issues this spring, we were BOTH wearing skinny jeans! (her sisters still have those ‘PPP Legs,’ & none of them have looked into going GF, tho she has the genes from both parents, & they have numerous health issues!)
My daughter suffered from Anxiety – which was GONE about a week after going GF, we have a family history of Dyslexia, & her older daughter has ‘mild seizure disorder’ (she had a NORMAL EEG this spring, & will be going off her meds this summer!)

One of the issues in weight gain after dietary shifts can be nutrient absorption – if we’re nutrient starved (from any cause) our bodies will ‘hoard’ nutrients! So it can take quite awhile for the body to reflect that shift toward healthier eating.
I recently read that having sufficient Magnesium & Vitamin D (often poorly absorbed with gluten issues) make it easier to loose weight after going Gluten Free – the body responds to the ‘re-set.’ Thyroid issues, auto-immune diseases (inc Fibro) any bowel/gut issues, skin . . . all can be tied to gluten sensitivity! Gluten is difficult for ALL of us to digest (it apparently isn’t fully digested by anyone, & wheat has been bred to contain ~ 2x the protein – gluten – it did in the 50s!)
Incorporating more raw foods into the ‘diet’ – helps cut down the pervasive gluten – if you think you might be gluten sensitive, here are some things to watch for:

Oats, tho they don’t contain gluten, are grown, shipped & milled with gluten containing grains (wheat, rye, barley) – GF oats are available (Bob’s Red Mill).
Soy depresses the thyroid, so that can also slow the metabolism.
Sprouted grain breads, tho lower in gluten, do contain some if they’re made with wheat, rye, barley or oats. Wheat grass is also questionable.
Many prepared products – soy sauce may contain gluten (I’ve used Braggs & my daughter uses GF tamari) there are great lists with things to watch for.
Oils: last year I also switched to coconut oil for cooking (yes, I do incorp. cooked food) & mixed with olive oil for salad dressing. MAKE YOUR OWN DRESSINGS! If you read labels on dressings – most are made with the unsaturated oils – which go rancid as soon as they reach body temperature (oxidize) & the liver needs to detox them! Coconut oil is stable, & metabolized upon ingestion, feeds the brain, balances the thyroid . . . I eat OG Virgin Coconut oil, & use OG Coconut oil in my massage practice.
We also have to avoid gluten in external products (almost all shampoos, conditioners, & cosmetics) – info on this is mixed – but OUR experience – the ‘itchy scalp’ I’ve had since I was a kid doesn’t itch any more! & my daughter’s ‘adult acne’ is slowly improving (Dermititis herpidiformis – linked to Celiac, but undiagnosed by ANY of the docs she’d seen, who just gave her topical creams)

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Lana October 20, 2011 at 9:41 am

Well said.
I hate how most people think of raw food as yet another temporary weightloss diet. It is a healthy lifestyle. I choose raw foods because the more raw foods I eat, the better I feel – physically, mentally, emotionally – and the better I look. I didn’t go on this “diet” to lose weight. I just want to improve my health. Of course it includes losing some unhealthy excess weight, but that’s not the only reason. And I wish more people would understand what this diet actually is about and make the choice to live a healthier life.

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Aubrey July 1, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Great article, and so true! Everyone is obsessed with losing weight, claiming in the name of “health”, yet doing so many unhealthy things to get there (pills, yo-yo dieting, calorie restriction, diet soda). We need to accept the fact that body shape and size is not necessarily directly correlated to diet. C’mon, we all know bone thin adolescent boys who eat tons and tons of junk! So we shouldn’t expect that eating healthy will get us to bone skinny if we are meant to be thick. Modern thinking theorizes that it’s all the food additives, etc. making us fat.. then how come early sculptures and cave paintings depict women as round and curvy?!

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Elly October 2, 2012 at 11:18 am

Susan, you couldn’t have said it better!

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Marsha Tennyson November 11, 2012 at 11:18 am

Hi, I am new to healthly eating. Well I have known how to eat right, just to busy to care most of the time. I was about 40 lbs over weight until I started to eat right. I still have 15 lbs to go but I have started eating my old way again and I have gained some of my weight back. I found your website today and typed in weight loss hoping to read something else that would inspire me to get back on the right eating train. I want you to know I agree that it is important to feel good about yourself. I talked myself into changing my eating to get healthy and stay healthy, but losing the weight has been the real motivator. I feel so much better about myself and I have been able to buy clothes that make me feel good. Before I would look for things to cover me up. The goal is to not look like you weigh as much as you do. Now I am able to find things that really look good on me. It makes me feel more like me because I am able to choose things I really like. What we wear is a part of self expression.
I understand why you wrote this comment about the talk you had with your friend and how it made you feel, but there are millions of overweight women who need help. They don’t want to stay the way they are. They want to change. Maybe it is not your gift or calling to care about them, but somebody needs to. They are miserable and I think what they need most is someone to tell them there is hope. They can do it but the most important part of choosing food is our health. I know it is a real struggle for me. It is really hard when you eat out all the time. Have meeting in resturants and coffee shops. I am sure its also hard for stay at home moms, women that have been raised on fast foods, or women who have to cook meals for their families that don’t want to eat right.
It’s great to want to accept yourself the way you are to a point. I believe we can all eat better and look better and acceptance is not a motivator.
I am glad to find your site and I will be recieving your newsletter. Just remember, it is important for all of us to be transparent and tell the truth and even to express it on line. But their are people that are looking for help. Since I think that is maybe one of the reasons you posted this site maybe you could have something that would give overweight people some hope and encouragement that would help them to want to take the plunge into better eating. Some directon.

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Susan November 11, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Marsha, I just re-read the post. I think you missed the message. I have been over-weight. I fight it all the time. I am certainly not skinny, or even thin, now. I understand what it means to carry extra weight. I am well aware of how people treat you differently, you become invisible, etc. I understand the pain. It is one of the things that brought me to raw foods.

For me, the real light bulb went off when I stopped worrying about losing weight and started focusing on eating healthy. That combined with exercise is what works for me. I do not want to be a site promoting raw food for weight loss. There are plenty of them out there, many of them started by people just wanting to make a buck who know nothing about raw food. They start these sites because believe me, people will pay.

It has been said before and I will say it again. It is a lifestyle change. It is learning how to eat healthy and that includes moderation. I believe I covered all of that in the post.

I am confused as to why you think that I am not giving hope and encouragement and direction. Showing people they can love healthy food, and providing easy, approachable recipes, isn’t that the first step? And if it wasn’t “my gift or calling to care about them” I wouldn’t spend spend thousands of hours providing free content for people to assist them on their journey to health.

Weight loss does not always equate health. And people can use a raw food diet to lose weight in an unhealthy way. I stick by what I say. And I am sorry if somehow you interpreted it to mean I don’t care about people who are overweight. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

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julia abramson February 28, 2014 at 10:58 am

i just wanted to compliment you on wonderful blog, with amazing foods – gorgeous to look at and simply to make. as far as diet – can not agree more, it is a life style , i became vegan in november and now 99% raw, it wasn’t for weight issues, but health. thank you again

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