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From: Dean (
Subject:         Andrew Perlot's interview with Don Bennett
Date: August 21, 2014 at 9:05 am PST

Andrew Perlot - What are the reasons new raw foodists
frequently fail?

Don Bennett - In a word, misinformation. There is so much
conflicting info in the raw food community, and among the
raw food leaders themselves, that it's no wonder so many
people fail to thrive or fail to resolve health challenges.

And the reason for the conflicting info is human nature.
Human nature accounts for the various personal preferences
and biases on the part of some of the educators, and even
the lure of the almighty dollar which brings with it
irresponsible behavior which results in misinformation and
worse, disinformation.

They're both incorrect info, but misinformation comes from
someone who really believes that what they're saying is true
even though it's not, and disinformation is circulated by
those who know it's not true but who don't care because they
care more about their own agendas.

Andrew Perlot - Could you be more specific?

Don Bennett - The reasons most people don't do well, in my
experience, is that they eat too much veggies, and not
enough fruit, or they eat too much sweet fruit, and not
enough leafy greens, or too much nuts and seeds and/or way
too many avocados, and this is prevalent among those who eat
a lot of gourmet raw food thinking it's a healthy way to

Another biggie is overeating, even on the healthiest food
and especially sweet fruit, which is why I stress in my
talks and in my book that people eventually learn how to eat
according to true hunger because this respects the body's

Other reasons are the continued use of processed oils, and
purposely restricting calories in order to lose weight -
which is counter-productive. And if you don't eat enough
sweet fruit to provide the calories you need, it can lead to
eating too much fat and/or cooked complex carbs.

Other reasons worth mentioning are not enough variety of
fruits in the diet, or you didn't give what you're doing
enough time for detoxification and rebuilding, or you didn't
eliminate harmful foods completely which allows defense
mechanisms to remain which continues to burden a body that
may be trying to heal a serious condition, or you really
didn't want to do it to begin with or did it at the
insistence of someone else, and last but not least, equal
attention wasn't paid to the other equally important
requisites of health like sufficient sleep, exercise,
sunshine, toxin avoidance, water, stress management, and
enjoyable relationships. Sure diet is important, but it's no
more important than any of those others.

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