In short, I started on a Raw Food diet in May 2010.

I bought the Vita-Mix 5200 blender and began writing down the concoctions I was making. I felt it was all very complicated and if I didn’t write this stuff down I would definitely not remember how I made the various recipes.

Believing i’m making the best diet choice i’ve ever found, and wanting to gently influence others…putting what I was writing in to a blog is why it is all here. Easy for me to refer to…easy for others to have access to if they wish.

My food biography:

  • (1961) bottle-fed infant.
  • (1960’s-1970’s) meat and potatoes childhood: frozen and canned vegetables, hamburger, steak, liver, turkey, pork chops, chicken, fishcakes, casseroles, meatloaf , pies, cakes, cookies, ice cream, powdered milk, 2% milk, skim milk, cheddar cheese.
  • i had an endless preference for bologna and mustard lunches. On white bread of course. Was there any other kind in America in those days? lol
  • many late nights of Kraft Dinner, or pasta and canned meat sauce with grated cheddar cheese.
  • (1970’s-1980’s) worked in restaurants for 9 years: eating their pizza, lasagna, burgers, fries…and while working in the Arctic…large platters of NY cut tenderloin with a can of beans and a can of peeled tomatoes…for breakfast!
  • while off-season in the Arctic I took a butcher and cooking course thinking I may become a chef. While studying a text at the University of Ottawa I saw a quote from the book Diet for a Small Planet that made me buy it. I read it and decided to become a vegetarian.
  • (1990+) it was years later in my late 20’s that I finally became a vegetarian. Putting it off worrying about not getting the right nutrition. Single…and not fond of food preparation I was eating mostly pasta dishes and Kraft Dinner before and after becoming a vegetarian. I had intended to not eat dairy but ended up a lacto-ovo-vegetarian for the next 15 years. My diet did not include many fruits or vegetables.
  • i recall hearing the news talk about the medical industry giving out antibiotics too liberally and making them less effective. Other information about antibiotics in livestock affecting those who eat them made me more vigilant about staying vegetarian. But I kept consuming dairy.
  • i’d already managed to get past the protein myth by believing various amino acids could be put together by my body to create the protein I needed. I don’t recall the sources of information I saw that from.
  • genetically modified milk was in the news and making me concerned
  • i’d been thinking about a raw food diet since 2007 when I saw a documentary called Breakthrough. It was as pivotal for me as Diet for a small Planet was. It showed me just how many nutrients were lost by cooking. I had no idea about this prior to that.
  • also around 2007/2008, and just as pivotal, I saw a lecture by T. Colin Campbell and another (now unavailable) by Dean Ornish on disease and animal based diets. These convinced me the raw food diet was the right thing to do.
  • suspecting my daughter was lactose intolerant in late 2009, we gave up dairy for a week and after looking for alternatives I found it easy to go 99% dairy free but took calcium supplements believing it was necessary.
  • as of April 2010, i’ve begun a diet of 99% raw food with the intention of going 100%…and all organic.

In early 2010 I also watched “Eating“, “Food Matters“, and a number of YouTube videos on raw food. (see David Wolfe at NYU)
“Eating” and “Food Matters” reaffirmed what I already knew about human cruelty to animals, the land, and themselves. It again covered the myth on protein. And also showed the second myth on calcium, and how exercise was the key to strong bones, not supplements or any other source of calcium. Both protein and calcium are plentiful in a raw food diet.

The YouTube videos on raw food helped me to see what my diet might be like. Knowing I wasn’t going to want a lot of food preparation, they showed how expensive blenders could aid in a healthy and easy diet. And I learned the importance of green leafy vegetables as significant sources for nutrition from Victoria Boutenko.

I still didn’t know how I was going to find organic fruit and vegetables as the two places I normally shopped at had little or none. But I pushed ahead to buy a blender knowing this diet would resolve a lot of issues that were bothering me…such as packaging garbage, chemicals, GM food, animal cruelty, and a lack of vegetables in my diet.

With a lot of hesitation I spent a small fortune on a Vita-Mix blender. It was the most money i’d spent on anything in such a long time, but their 7 year warranty reassured me and I knew this was going to be such a healthy improvement that I just had to do it.
I bought it online after not seeing much difference in price from local stores. It arrived 3 days later.

I had just bought my usual groceries before it arrived, but went online trying to find what places in my home and work area had organic fresh produce. I was panicked thinking that organic was going to be so expensive and difficult to find. I was pleasantly surprised to find a great little health food store near my workplace. I’ve still not noticed any drastic difference in overall food costs. That was the fear that kept me from buying organic for years.

After a week of writing down smoothie recipes I thought it would be nice to share them online and have created this blog for that purpose.

A huge load is off my back now that I have so little food packaging to throw away. It seems only strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are always in containers and I don’t eat much of those anyways.

I’d prefer to buy locally grown food…and have not asked at my store where their produce comes from as I was so relieved to find a good supply for organics. My hope is that later this year I will have an indoor garden and be growing some of my own food, and will look at local food options later. It’s important to me. A lot of food can lose its nutrients during travel, and fossil fuels are being used to get it here.

I’ve always loved and appreciated food from many different cultures…especially Italy, India and Thailand…and all those dairy foods. It is not easy to give up so many things that i’ve loved. Perhaps easier in part as i’ve often thought food preparation as a chore. But knowing it is making such a big difference in other areas is excellent incentive.
I’ve reduced my recycled waste by almost 99%. My food waste is now composted in the blender and going in to my planting soil. I don’t cook now so use very little energy in comparison, as the blender is only on for about 30 seconds at a time. I’m finally eating organic food and not worrying about pesticides and chemicals. I’m not contributing to the loss of fresh water for livestock, wasted grains for animal feed, animal cruelty in the dairy industry, deforestation for livestock land, methane pollution from livestock, less water and detergent for cleaning as I use fewer plates or pots, and i’m feeding myself delicious tasting food that’s easy to prepare and digest.

If you eat animal products, please watch “Eating” and/or “Food Matters”. Your health depends on it. The medical industry teaches fixing problems…not preventing them. It is not your doctors fault they make the choices they do. They have been manipulated into following a destructive trend just as the rest of us have. And the corporate agricultural, petroleum, and chemical industries are lobbying hard to keep things as they are.

If you’re a vegetarian that doesn’t buy organic and/or still eats dairy, please watch the above documentaries and reconsider what you’re doing.

If you’re a vegan…do you not know how many nutrients are lost by cooking your food? It’s incredibly wasteful. Consider doing some research on this.

Here’s a great source of resources:  http://www.ravediet.com/refs.htm

Jeff Heeney

4 responses to “About

  1. Del

    Hi Jeff – wow..quite a jump. I am very interested in following your progress. I love raw vegtables…and getting the organic is now easy. I will see if my video store has these two titles. I saw Food Inc. and that was terrifying. I didn’t touch meat for weeks after seeing it.
    Did you know that we have a restaurant up on Dundas Street called “RAWLICIOUS”…you should come and check it out.
    Keep in touch…and if I come across any interesting raw vegie recipes I will forward.
    Cheers…keep chewing

  2. Hey Del. Thanks for chiming in. 🙂
    Good to hear of a raw restaurant. We’re in a city that will certainly have one…but hadn’t really checked it out. It will not doubt give me some other ideas about raw food preparation.
    I haven’t seen Food Inc.. I’ve got a couple of films where I know what their going to show…and am afraid to watch for all the animal suffering in it.
    The ones i’ve been mentioning don’t have much of that…although “Eating” goes in to it a bit more. But they focus a lot on disease caused by animal-based diets…people ridding themselves of the usual problems from switching to raw.
    I’d be happy to take any recipes you have. I’m purposely avoiding taking on too much at the moment. This switch is a lot already. But I do need to find ‘chewing’ alternatives. lol Not too hard if one keeps it simple I guess. (nuts, goji berries, celery or other veg with a ‘raw’ dip) We are all very used to having fancy meals…and that just isn’t me. Creatively it is…but for the time and effort some things take it just seems like overkill. Humans spend so much time making everything fancy. I like simplicity for many reasons.
    Take care. 🙂

  3. What a wonderful blog! I’m not as committed as you to go raw food all the way are but I sure admire your conviction. A well-researched and informative site. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thank you Kay. 🙂

      Well…i’ve kept my commitment to an all organic/raw food diet. Perhaps a little easier for me as I like things simple…and I almost always eat a smoothie for breakfast and lunch, and a salad or soup for dinner.
      I just re-read my “About” post and want to say i’ve not gone on to create an indoor garden or purchase local food.

      There’s so much we could do, but just getting started in a way that suits you is great. Having a green smoothie a couple of times a week would be a great start. In fact, it would be a great improvement if that is all you ever do regarding a raw food diet.

      The most significant health change that i’ve noticed is my immune system is stronger. So I guess i’m now giving my body the nutrition it needs to do its job. 🙂

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