I Can not express how blessed I feel to have gotten the opportunity to Interview the father of the 80/10/10 diet Dr. Douglas Graham and in turn share it with you 🙂
Dr. Graham has by far been one of the most influential people in my entire life, easily the most influential in terms of Health, Nutrition, and fitness. In fact, I can fairly say that without Dr. Douglas Graham There would be no TheRawAdvantage.com! Meeting Doug changed my course from being interested in nutrition to improve my skateboarding to being interested in nutrition and raw food for my highest self, for the planet, the animals the betterment of society and to spread the bliss far and wide.
Truthfully when I met Doug those years ago in Vancouver I could tell he had something I wanted, something different from any other health practitioner or promoter I had ever met. He shone like the lighthouse he is and led me to that same path. Bless you, Doug, forever Grateful.
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Full Transcript of “TRA Interviews The Father of The 80/10/10 Diet Dr. Douglas Graham!” Below
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Dr. Douglas Graham, a lifetime athlete, and raw fooder since 1978 is an adviser to world-class athletes and trainers from around the globe. He has worked professionally with top performers from almost every sport and every field of entertainment, including such notables as tennis legend Martina Navratilova, NBA pro basketball player Ronnie Grandison, track Olympic sprinter Doug Dickinson, pro women’s soccer player Callie Withers, championship bodybuilder Kenneth G. Williams, Chicken Soup for the Soul co-author Mark Victor Hansen, and actress Demi Moore.
As the owner of a fasting retreat in the Florida Keys for ten years, Dr. Graham personally supervised thousands of fasts. He was in private practice as a chiropractor for twenty years, before retiring to focus on his writing and speaking.
Dr. Graham is the author of many books on health and raw food including The 80/10/10 Diet, Perpetual Health 365, Nutrition and Athletic Performance, Grain Damage, The Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries, and many others. He has shared his strategies for success with audiences at more than 4,000 presentations worldwide. Recognized as one of the fathers of the modern raw movement, Dr. Graham is the only lecturer to have attended and given keynote presentations at all of the major raw events in the world for each of the last eight years.
Dr. Graham has served on the board of governors of the International Association of Professional Natural Hygienists and the board of directors of the American Natural Hygiene Society. He is on the board of advisors of Voice for a Viable Future, Living Light Films, Vegetarian Union of North America, and EarthSave International and serves as nutrition advisor for the magazine Exercise, For Men Only. Dr. Graham is the raw foods and fitness advisor for VegSource.com, the largest vegetarian website on the internet. He taught the Health Educator program at Hippocrates Institute, served as the “source authority” for Harmonious Living, and authors a column for the magazines Get Fresh! and Vibrance (previously known as Living Nutrition).
Dr. Graham is the creator of “Simply Delicious” cuisine and director of Health and Fitness Week, which provides Olympic-class training and nutrition for people of all fitness levels in beautiful settings around the world. He will inspire, motivate, educate, and entertain you like no one else in the health movement can.
Full Transcript of “TRA Interviews The Father of The 80/10/10 Diet Dr. Douglas Graham!” Below
C: A little interview for the site? 🙂
D: 🙂 Good to see you!
C: You too, man. You too. It’s been a long time, ya know?
D: Thank you for all you’ve done.
C: Thank you. No, thank you, for sure.
D: You’ve just maintained a great attitude.
C: Bless you. It’s been 7 years. Oh, man. So awesome 🙂 So I feel super blessed to be here with Dr. Douglas Graham, creator of The 80/10/10 Diet, Nutrition and Athletic Performance, The Perfect Health Program, and a million other things. And Doug is actually the first person that really set me on the path of the raw food diet and really put into perspective with clear concise information, science, common sense, heart, integrity, love, you know, everything in line with what I wanted to achieve in my own life. Doug put it forth really clearly and easily for me just by meeting him once, and it really changed my life. So, here’s Doug.
D: Ah, bless you.
C: Got him for an interview, this is the best thing ever! I wouldn’t be here doing The Raw Advantage without Doug Graham.
D: I’m happy to support you in your efforts.
C: Bless you, Doug. Bless you.
D: I really want to see you succeed in everything you do.
C: It’s been about 7 years since I’ve seen you actually. We talked a little bit back and forth by e-mail, I followed you through VegSource and your website of course. And there was also a Taste of Health in Vancouver where we met, do you recall?
D: I remember specifically. That was the “standing room” only Taste of Health?
C: Yeah, it was quite full. Vancouver is down in Chinatown, and I went to 7 of your talks in two days. After the first day, I went 100% raw and haven’t really gone back since then. And just your model alone could be the lighthouse that just always strung a chord in me to do the best I can and enjoy everything and be the lighthouse, be the example to help others.
D: You shine bright. You do shine bright, Chris.
C: Thank you, man. Thank you. Well you know, we’re here at The Woodstock Fruit Festival. I know you’ve done a lot of…
D: *Scratches underarm like a monkey* You’re gonna have to start all over again.
C: *laughs* Crap! This is gonna be really hard.
D: Ok, I won’t instigate you. *laughs*
C: If you don’t mind, when you’re doing this *scratches underarm like a monkey* I’m gonna edit in “EEE EEE EEE” noises!
D: This is bananas! *scratches underarm* “EEE EEE EEE” *Laughs*
C: It happens, you know? You get a little bit wild.
“EEE EEE EEE EEE” “EEE EEE EEE EEE”
C: I would love for you to share with my audience how you got started and how long you’ve been on this path.
D: I don’t know how I got started.
D: No. There was no demarcation point. There were no 7 lectures in two days and from here on out I’m raw. It was nothing like that. It was the most gradual, sinister, unnoticeable, little changes. I started changing my diet when I was in the single digits. I started making diet changes. Just little bitty things. Things that you would laugh at, you know? But just little bitty things. And a lot of them were even counterproductive, for sure. I didn’t know where I was going or what I was trying to do. There are only 3 reasons listed in most sources as to why people go vegetarian: People go vegetarian because of ethical reasons, people go vegetarian because of health reasons, or people go vegetarian because of environmental issues. I didn’t do that. It turns out that I went vegetarian for the 4th reason, which turns out to be the number one reason that more people in the world are vegetarian than any other reason; I couldn’t afford to eat meat. I was a College student. I was eating grains because they’re cheap and Government subsidized. And then the next thing I knew I was vegetarian. I’m not sure I ever even said so until I met a girl who told me she was vegetarian, and I go “I’m a vegetarian too!” *laughs* But then I realized, like, actually I was. And then I learned about vegetarianism and found out that vegetarianism is the beginning of a funnel. It’s sort of like the Venus fly trap of dietary change because it’s just wide open! I mean you can be an Ovo, Lacto, Pesco, Pollo – most of the time vegetarian. In the raw movement, it just welcomes everybody!
D: Oh, you eat watermelon on the 4th of July? You’re a raw foodist!!
C: *laughs* Yeah.
D: In fact, we’re all raw foodists! Some of us eat more raw food than others but we’re designed to be raw foodists therefore, we all are. And everybody’s a raw foodist and so we opened up the door again and finally said, “I’m trying to maintain really high levels of fitness. And I’m trying to mix really high levels of fitness with really optimum nutrition.” And I started asking around and people kept saying “raw food.” I was getting it from angles I wasn’t even expecting it from, and I finally just went to all the raw food leaders in the world – you can’t do that anymore.
C: No. Yeah, true.
D: But I went to all the raw food leaders in the world, all 5 of them, and I asked them if it’s possible to perform really well as an athlete while being a raw fooder. And they said, “Raw food is the way to go!” And I said, “Good! What do you do?” And all 5 of them said the same thing…”We don’t know.”
C: Oh, yes.
D: They all said, “We know how to get sick people well, but we don’t know how to make athletes perform on raw food.” They had no idea. And the reason for that mostly was because the way that they got sick people well was by taking them off food.
C: Yeah, low-calorie diet.
D: Either totally took them off food and fasted them or they totally took them off food and put them on grass. And said, “Here you can have all the green stuff you want.” Which is like maybe 100 or 200 calories a day. But the reason sick people get well on raw food is they stop eating cooked food. Not because raw food makes you well, it doesn’t. It’s just like fresh air doesn’t make you well, but stale air makes you sick. You know, and it’s the same reason why people get well on juicing. It’s not because of the juice! It’s just, you can’t juice toast, you can’t juice steak, you can’t juice pizza, you can’t juice coffee! You know, they give up all that stuff that’s making them sick and they juice fruits and vegetables and then they blame the juice – or they credit the juice if you will. So my progression was just long, drawn out, circuitous, and riddled with failure. I had no idea what I was trying to do and no idea where I was trying to end up. But years of vegetarian, months of vegan, and the raw food light went on. I started doing raw food and there were no designations of like “high raw”, “90% raw”, or “all raw”. None of those things existed. I just started eating raw food. And uh…
C: It wasn’t really a big deal?
D: I didn’t understand how to do it. And I even had in my mind for a while that I shouldn’t try to do all raw because I was just setting myself up for failure ’cause nobody did that! And, so for a while, I even told other people, “Don’t try to do that ’cause it can’t be done!” Nobody’s done it successfully. There’s been a lot of us over the, however long it’s been, and nobody can figure out how to do it. Until I backed into 80/10/10 and said, “Gee, I wonder what would happen if we actually took the recommendations provided by top nutritionists, top sports physiologists, top health professionals, top vegan scientists, and took the recommendations of everybody – which was to eat a low fat, compared to everybody else, or a high carb, compared to everybody else, diet.” And then said, “Well, we understand that we’re really not looking to create mutagens, and carcinogens and lose 9,999 nutrients in the cooking process for everyone that we possibly gain more of – and that we have no reason to think we need more of. Why not just eat the ideal diet utilizing raw food for the components?” And that became 80/10/10, which I started following. And after 20 years of following it, the book came out. Yeah, after 15 years of following it, until I got very secure in what I was doing, what I really learned was not only that it worked perfectly, that I had no question about it, but that 80/10/10 was definitely the way to go…but what I really grasped a handle on was two things: One, is all the science behind it so that I can express that. And then two, the terminology so that I can express it clearly to other people. And that, in terminology, actually required the development of new words, like “caloronutrient”. And we say ok, so if we have a “caloronutrient ratio”, then let’s look at how that works. So, that’s the short version!
C: Yeah, that’s awesome though, man! That’s awesome. You know, when I met you it was 2 years later that 80/10/10 came out, but I stayed in touch through Vegsource and got most of the application through that but when I got 80/10/10 two years later, it just cleared up everything completely to a T.
D: One of the beauties of writing books, as much as I don’t enjoy writing books…
C: Yeah, me too. *laughs*
D: I don’t enjoy writing books, although I love to autograph them! But, as much as I don’t enjoy writing books, one of the lovely things about writing books is that you can have your say without anybody interrupting. You can just say it the way you want to say it until you get it said the way you want it to be said.
C: And you can rewrite it a few times too.
D: And nobody can say, “But! But! But!” Or interrupt, or change anything and it’s just, here’s my position. I don’t want to argue with other people. I’m not looking to make anybody else look bad or downplay what anybody else says. All I want to do is, whether it’s in a book or presentation format, just tell you what I’m in favor of and have my say.
C: That’s awesome. Well, 80/10/10 is, in my opinion, definitely the most powerful book out there on the raw food diet and nutrition.
D: Thank you. It’s certainly been the most popular. And sales are still improving after the book has been out for 5 years; sales are still on the rise.
C: I got them on my site: The 80/10/10 Diet
D: Thank you very much. And I’m expecting it to continue gaining in popularity.
C: I’m sure it will. I’m definitely sure it will. So what do you feel about this Woodstock Fruit Festival?
D: Woodstock Fruit…The Wood-Frock Fruit! *laughs* It’s hard on the mind. The Woodstock Fruit Festival. I mean, Michael (Michael Arnstein – The Fruitarian) had a flash of genius. The insight came on when he first talked to me about it and I said, “Michael, do it. Absolutely do it. Let me know how I can help you. This is a winner. It will fly for sure.” It’s reminiscent of some of the older fruit festivals that we had but there haven’t been any in a long time, and the time is right. This is perfection. This is like Heaven on Earth. It’s a marvelous event. I love the component that it’s a festival, it’s not a war. There is no war going on here. I love the fact that it’s not a marketplace. This is for the people, and everybody’s enjoying it. It’s one big happy family.
C: You know, we talked about possibly having up to 2 or 3 weeks next year, all back to back.
D: I think the need will be there. The awareness of the power of fruit is only growing. It’s just growing and growing and gaining acceptance and gaining popularity. And I think when people go home from this event…First of all, they’re not going to want to miss next year. Whoever was here this year is NOT going to miss next year, and they’re going to bring people with them. And I know Michael has a long-term plan for this event, and I support him.
C: Yeah, me too for sure. I feel super blessed to be here with everyone.
D: It would be great to have you in the kitchen again! Are you going to go into the kitchen next year?
C: I’ll go in the kitchen, for sure. I can do that.
D: Ok, we got that on film (and in writing!) *laughs*
C: I’ll go in, but the next year, maybe not. We’ll see.*laughs* So what at the moment right now is really lighting you up and exciting you? What’s the wind under your wings? – as one would say.
D: Well, of course, I’m in the States for events so…
C: Yeah, you got a lot going on this summer…
D: Very, very busy. 80/10/10 Culinary Skills is becoming one of the most popular events that I run and we need to get you there. With all your kitchen skills already, it will be just like when you read the book and it all came together. I’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse.
C: I’d love that.
D: But between Culinary Skills and Health & Fitness Week and the various events that I’m doing like the Raw Food Central event, that’s all just in the next few days. But I think what’s exciting right now is that I got a dedicated team of people who are working prudence for it, who are committed to helping me finish some of the 40 or 50 projects that I started that never got finished. And we’re just ticking them off: one, two, three. And two days ago we came out with Raw Nutritional Science.
C: Yeah man, that looks awesome!
D: And that’s a 15-hour DVD that…well, let’s just say there’s going to be people in the raw food movement who aren’t really thrilled with the DVD set. But for people who want education and to know about Raw Nutritional Science, it’s there. It’s based on sound hard facts. The coursework from the seminar is a 123 chapter book that is being taught in various medical schools around the world. And Rozi and I wrote the coursework, well mostly Rozi to be quite honest. But we wrote the course work and it’s being used as a medical text at this point. And this is just the seminar that goes with it. So the intro for raw fooders, that’s really popular and really exciting. I also think the Dunia runner thing is one of the most exciting things going on in the world right now. The fact that there’s a Kenyan running team of marathoners who are following 80/10/10 and they’re just gonna be spreading that message.
C: Tear the whole scene up, eh? That’s gonna be awesome.
D: Worldwide, yeah. Fantastic runners and they’re going to be running camps for 80/10/10 runners. You can go to the Dunia Runners Camp in 2012 and live 80/10/10 and run with the Kenyan marathon team.
C: That’s pretty tense. Yeah, that’s pretty tops.
D: I think there’s going to be plenty of runners from here coming out to Kenya. It will be great for some running. But just the fact that 80/10/10 is actually gaining momentum to me is one of the most exciting things going on.
C: Yeah, me too. Nowhere but up. So with that said, what else is going on? Any longer-term plans?
D: I want to get back into my writing. Next month we’ll be shooting the photography for a new book and we have another book “Prevention and Care for Athletic Injuries” all but released, and we also got a kid’s book. Just finished the deal as it were with an artist for a couple of kid’s books that I’m doing. And then Rozi has unlimited material, and she has just written more stories and more songs for Fay that we’ve bumped into several stumbling blocks with getting them produced. But they are about to be produced. And Rozi’s children’s books all promote ethical raw foodism, and it’s just fantastic.
C: Well, Doug I’m so stoked to have you on here, man. Is there anything else that you would like to present or anything?
D: No, I just appreciate your support for everything FoodnSport has done over the years and everything that I’ve done personally. I hold you in high regard and I know you always held me in the same and I appreciate that immensely.
C: Sure, man.
D: If you haven’t read 80/10/10 and you think you know what it is, read the book! You’ll be in for a shock! It’s a pleasant shock, and besides it comes with a money-back guarantee. You can’t lose anything!
C: Yeah, true that. Bless you, Doug, seriously. Thank you so much!
D: It’s my pleasure, man.
C: FoodnSport.com, check out Doug. It’s got ridiculous stuff. It’s amazing-ness, all the time!
D: It is the largest source of information on raw food on the web, and it’s all free.
C: You heard it at The Raw Advantage, watch out!
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