What exactly is the 80/10/10 diet?!
In this interview with Dr. Douglas Graham, we go into some common misconceptions about the 80/10/10 diet and bring clarity to the low-fat raw food diet he popularized.
In 2006 Dr. Douglas Graham released “The 80/10/10 diet”, a book widely considered to be the best book on raw food nutrition ever released! Dr. Graham has a knack for bringing the science of nutrition, common sense, the wisdom of nature, and countless years of cumulative raw food/health experience together in an easy-to-understand way to help bring about the highest levels of health and fitness one can imagine. A 40+ year raw foodist himself, trainer of elite athletes, fasting practitioner, keynote speaker, fitness instructor, and more I feel incredibly blessed to have Dr. Graham as a mentor, friend, and colleague.
I have heard so many strange misconceptions about the 80/10/10 diet that I simply had to go to the source and ask him. As Dr. Graham has said, often the most common misconceptions about the 80/10/10 diet come from people who have not read the book, other times it’s from people who have but make assumptions from there. With Dr. Graham’s background in raw food and vegan nutrition, as well as the fact that he coined the phrase “the 80/10/10 diet” and has popularised the low-fat raw vegan diet, no one is more equipped and fitted to bring clarity to his approach of our species-specific diet. I hope it goes without saying, I can not recommend reading the 80/10/10 diet highly enough, it really is a book I wish everyone would read.
Below is a partial transcript of the video.
Common Misconceptions about The 80/10/10 Diet
No Apples on the 80/10/10 Diet: A lot of people ask me, “are there no apples allowed on the 80/10/10 diet” the reality is I just didn’t mention apples in the book because they’re so common that I figured they didn’t need to be mentioned. I wasn’t that I was omitting them or saying people shouldn’t eat apples.
No Mushrooms on 80/10/10: People do the same thing sometimes with mushrooms and they go “oh you know like obviously dr. Graham wouldn’t eat mushrooms” without really knowing the truth. Some people say, “well maybe mushrooms are not even vegan” well maybe not I don’t know depends on how you want to classify veganism, but I’ll eat the odd mushroom now and again. I don’t make them the staple of my diet but it’s hard to make mushroom soup without mushrooms. I have also found and so it’s really hard to make stuffed mushrooms without mushrooms so I’ll use them for things like that.
80/10/10 is really strict: I still think like most people don’t eat enough fruit even when they tell me they’re eating the program and following the program and then they find out oh they tell me “oh it didn’t really work for me” and yet when I look at what they were doing they weren’t really doing the program. You have to actually read the book to really understand it, some of the key aspects is eating enough fruit eating when you’re hungry rather than setting yourself up into some regiment. Within 80/10/10 there is a ton of variety and flexibility, that said the key concepts are helpful to know so that you can know how far you can bend them.
Meals or Grazing on 80/10/10: A lot of people say “I only want to eat one meal a day, or only two meals a day”, intermittent fasting, or whatever, and I’m trying to clear this up by recommending eating when you’re hungry and enough to stay fully satiated from meal to meal. Over time meal size may go up and frequency may go down but the focus is more on a meal-by-meal rather than forcing towards that goal. Grazing is not the program as it leads to predictable problems for most people. The program is eating meals and then not having to think about food for a while to have time and space to be as productive as you want, then go back and say oh you know what I’m ready for a meal. It’s ideal to be active enough so that you are earning your meals and to eat fruit right after that activity, when hungry until full.
Specific Diets for Specific Conditions: Pretty much everything just clears up on 80/10/10 that can possibly clear up as a result of a diet change. I mean if you don’t have a right arm you’re not gonna grow a new one just because of a dietary change. There are things that won’t respond to dietary changes but most people are shocked at how many conditions clear up just by getting the gut right. We’re learning more and more about the connection between gut and skin health gut and mental health gut and physical health gut and performance we’re seeing the vegan and especially the raw vegan athletes take over the sports field setting up it’s pretty awesome you know.
Men and Women need to be on Different Diets: Well we are genetically closer to a male bonobo than we are to a female human but women are a part of our species and in every species, there is a species-specific diet according to the science of comparative anatomy and physiology. People eat a species-specific diet and while there may be subtle differences and preferences depending on the individual’s preferences and specifics, it is not significant enough to say men and women need to be on different diets, the 80/10/10 diet works very well for men and women of all ages and activity levels.
Unfortunately at this time my train came and we were interrupted, I really hope you enjoy the interview, watch out I do think this video requires a part two! 🙂
If you haven’t read “The 80/10/10 Diet” I highly recommend it as the best book on diet and true holistic nutrition out there!
If you haven’t checked out the raw recipe ebook that I created together with Dr. Douglas Graham
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and on his Youtube Channel “FoodnSport” for a ton more inspiring and informative videos!
I Hope you really enjoy the video and check out more from Dr. Graham!
Wishing You Much