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Finally, a diet that makes sense, puts the advice of the world's leading nutritionists into effect, and tastes delicious ]] all rolled into one. The 80/10/10 Diet makes eating a joy while helping you achieve optimum health and easy weight control. Say goodbye to fast food and hello to instantaneous food. Gain awesome energy eating Dr. Graham's Simply Delicious recipes.
Paperback, 348 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Food N Sport Press (first published 2006)
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Zoe Zuniga
May 06, 2015 Zoe Zuniga rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Every one with a body
Recommended to Zoe by: http://dianaharrelson.com/
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After trying this diet and gaining a lot of weight I decided to give up on the perfect raw ideal. I am now eating more beans and greens and less sweets and that seems to be working better for me using the Joel Fhurman books as a guide.
I had raved about this book and the raw foods high fruit low fat diet at first. the pros were getting off the refined foods. But in the long run it was not sustainable for my body and I am ok with that.
Kenzie

At first I thought this diet looked NUTSO (and I disregarded it), but I had tried raw and was got a whole new whack of issues, so I had no choice and it was THE BEST THING I EVER DID.

This book changed my health, changed my life.

I no longer have:
Adrenal issues
Addison's
IBS
OCD
Generalized anxiety issues
Chronic fatigue
Fibromyalgia
Interstitial Cystitis
Low blood pressure

(I know right, how could I have so much???)
Kristína Kállayová
After three years on what was your typical high fat, mostly cooked and mostly vegan diet, I was bummed to see persisting problems such as acne and candida. While My immune system has improved rapidly under the vegan lifestyle (which was, I estimate, about 40% raw), by and large thanks to chlorella, coriander oil, alkaline water and the liver and gallbladder cleanse (Moritz). Not to mention I had stopped smoking and binge-drinking the year before (yeah, I know..).
It was a massive leap forward. D
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Lauren
Following 80-10-10 for a few months completely eradicated my IBS symptoms like nothing else has. After a while, though, I found it difficult to maintain following Dr. Graham's plan 100%. I'm still tweaking my diet to help cope with a couple of other medical conditions and to fit within a relatively normal lifestyle if possible. But I believe this is very possibly the healthiest diet if you can stick to it.
Zeth Alsberg
I thought this book was amazing, this diet really makes sense to me. I'm all ready a vegan, but moving on to a low-fat, raw diet seems like the right, healthful thing to do. This book really inspires me to take my lifestyle to a new level.
Faye
No scientific foundation, little research, Dr. Graham not a practicing M.D. but a chiropractor, and a self-published book.

Some great ideas - eating plenty of vegetables and fruits, eating natural and unprocessed foods and getting exercise, but ultimately a layperson's opinion on how we ought to eat.
Amanda
Jan 16, 2012 Amanda rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
When I first started this book there were a couple sentences I read outloud to my husband and he said put that down.. That guy is a quack. And I kinda thought he might be right... But the one thing that rings true that may change my food eating life is to question whether what I am choosing to eat is delicious looking and will satisfy my hunger in it's natural state. That turkey I almost threw up while preparing... Not so much. But what about the pineapple I just sliced into, or the mango that d ...more
Lisa Vegan
I actually agree with a lot of what's said in here about the optimal diet for humans, even though I don't plan on ever going raw. Of course not all vegan foods are healthy, but I think it’s best to eat a whole foods vegan diet that includes plenty of cooked foods, not that I eat that way either.

I’m not really convinced about the basic tenets proposed, even though I think the diet suggested is much healthier than the standard American Diet (SAD). I’m very skeptical about such claims as coconut be
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Lois
Apr 21, 2010 Lois added it
I guess you could say I'm obsessing about nutrition again. (we all have our pet obsessions, right?) This was a great book. It builds off of some of my already favorite nutritional philosophies/authors (i.e. The China Study, Dr. Furhman, etc) and takes nutrition/health to a whole new level. Most importantly, eating as he recommends has made a huge difference in how this pregnancy has gone. It has turned this around from my worst pregnancy to my best third trimester ever.
Monica
The 80/10/10 diet is a raw vegan diet where you eat 80% carbs and 10% fat & protein. In order to get enough calories to sustain your life, you need to eat .. a lot. As in .. not one banana for breakfast, but 12 bananas for breakfast. The quantity of food needed to sustain this type of diet is ridiculous.

I do think the concept of this diet is interesting and I do believe that we should eat a more plant based diet; however, the author lumps everyone into one category - Vegans. We are not supp
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Vitória
Um livro bastante informativo no que toca à alimentação, informando-nos acerca daquilo que realmente estamos a comer. Penso que se trata de uma fonte credível para quem está interessado em saber mais sobre os vários constituintes dos alimentos (por exemplo, o facto de ingerirmos enormes quantidades de gordura em alimentos que não classificaríamos de todo "gordos" ou "pouco saudáveis"), aborda os diferentes tipos de dietas (com maior ou menor percentagem de gordura, hidratos de carbono e proteína ...more
Purghy
This is the Bible of nutrition and health. It's not just a diet, no way! It's a book about our genetic information regardind food. Simple. And dr. Graham reminds us that we are Humans. Unfortunately, we tend to complicate things waaaay too much and we become sick because we use the wrong fuel.
Kevin G G Simon
May 02, 2012 Kevin G G Simon marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: Anyone who like extremes
Recommended to Kevin G G by: No one I just kept seeing the title.
I tried following the program but my weight steadily climbed. This way of eating is just not for me. I like a nice balance of both fruit and vegetables. I have adopted low fat/ high carb from the plan and added it to my current raw vegan meal planning.
Brigitte
First book I ever read regarding a high-raw, HCLF fruit-based vegan lifestyle-- finally finished it.

I have a lot of problems with this book, and I definitely think that it should be taken with a grain of salt, or a tablespoon. But it does have value as a place to start when first researching veganism and health, and on an evolutionary, intuitive level it makes a lot of sense. It sets up the ideal of eating only fresh raw fruits and tender greens, but focuses on a much more manageable caloric rat
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Annalie
Interesting book. I was receptive to the recommended low-fat/raw/vegan diet because I've researched it...but I don't know if I would have have been totally convinced otherwise. Graham tells you things are true without backing it up enough. There are references to The China Study and other research studies, but they weren't utilized very well.

That said, I give it 4 stars because I totally agree with the diet. It will be difficult to do, even though I love raw foods. I've done bouts of raw before
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Ann Samford
Douglas Graham is recommending a raw fruit based diet. He includes the fruit vegetables (squash, tomatoes etc.) and the leafy greens in his diet. I like his emphasis on fresh fruit and feel much better about those days I eat 5 or 6 peaches and a whole container of blueberries and want to eat more fruit. I thought I was binge eating. I am happy to find a book that says this kind of eating is healthy and appropriate and we should eat more meals like that. I'm not ready to go to the kind of raw foo ...more
Dawn
80% carbs (mostly fruit) 10% protein (vegan) 10% fat (vegan). I truly believe if we ate 80% fruit and veggies (organic) 10% protein (vegan) and 10% fat (vegan), we would be free from disease and enjoy energy and glowing health well over 100 years old. This plan makes health, optimal weight, and anti-aging easy peasy. Our fangs (cuspids) are dull for chopping and chewing fruits and vegetables. They are not sharp enough to rip open the carcass of a live animal (if you don't believe me, try it for ...more
Amanda
I have to admit. I've had doubts about this book. Although I still need to cross reference I think it is valid.

I've been giving this a try for about 2 weeks now and I'm noticing huge changes. I have so much energy I don't know what to do with it. Before I suffered from fatigue , I couldn't cope with completing everyday tasks because I was just too tired. Now I'm getting everything done that needs doing and more!

I have gained 5 pounds though. I'm unsure if its because I was dehydrated but feelin
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Alexandra Chauran
This book went off the deep end really fast. I hate it when books appeal to what is "natural" because it's what are "designed" to do. It's natural for me to live to about age 14 and have a kid, and then maybe live long enough for the community to raise her to reproductive age and then it's natural for me to die. That's what's evolutionarily advantageous. This book's craziness extends to all sorts of zany things including a rejection of germ theory! Oh, and get a load of this one. Here's a quote ...more
Jacquelyn
I think this a good book for people who haven't read a lot of other books on nutrition. It's a good introduction to fruitarian, low-fat, and raw eating, and lists oh so many reasons why this is the best diet, as well as a list of common mistakes that would prevent you from getting all the benefits of it, including poor sleep habits, caffeine, too little exercise, etc.

As someone who was already familiar with all the arguments being made, I will admit that I skimmed most of the first sections. My
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Larry
For years as low-fat, whole foods, plant based, starch centered vegan I had a very negative opinion of the raw foods movement. Firstly, I thought the superstars of the plant-based movement had pretty much wrapped up the scientific arguments about how our diets must be based on starch and historically have been based on starch. Secondly, I thought that people who go out of their way to dehydrate their own crackers and other things to avoid cooking were, basically, nuts. For one thing, everyone kn ...more
Wandoo Ityavyar
As you might have guessed 80/10/10 refers to the calonutrient ratio that is Carbohydrate, protein and fat respectively. Doug Graham propagates a regimen of whole, fresh, ripe, raw, organic fruit and vegetables as the most optimal food for human consumption. If the Garden of Eden is any indication of how the creator intended for us eat, then by that alone 80/10/10 gains some credibility.
People have different paths of entrance so to speak into the raw food world. 3 years ago I found myself at my
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James Williams
this book has taught me a lot that I had never known about some of the causes that led to me being diagnosed as type II non-insulin-dep diabetic in 2006. I have since changed the structure and content of my diet, though I do not adhere to his strict frugivore diet. I am not yet a vegetarian, but do lean in my life largely toward eating living foods as often as possible, for the vitality they provide me.
Vishal Gupta
its a bold attempt to create a natural raw diet backed by expertise on world class professionals. the basic idea is we should eat what is naturally attractive to us as human species and only fruit is attractive to us. but I don't think naturally attractiveness should be a criteria. most people like wrong things.
second its a fruit based diet only. I don't think humans would have survived on fruits alone. grains, lentils are energy storage foods can be stored for years safely and used in sprouted
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Tony Rogers jr
Although I don't agree with everything the author teaches I believe this is one of the best books Ive read on nutrition. Dr Graham makes the case that the ideal human diet should be whole organic raw fruit centered with 80% of its caloric intake coming from carbs, 10% from fats and 10% from protein. He goes into great detail on why he believes fruit to be the ideal food, why he doesn't recommend a fruit only diet, why you shouldn't eat cooked foods, how to transition to the 80/10/10 lifestyle an ...more
Rachelle Fleming
This book made my transition to low fat raw vegan smooth and gratifying. It builds up a solid foundation of knowledge and understanding of why eating this way is so important. This foundation helps me continue eating this way.
David
I am currently at the beginning of my 30-Day Raw Food Vegan Challenge and have just finished reading Dr. Douglas N. Graham's The 80/10/10 Diet: Balancing Your Health, Your Weight, and Your Life, One Luscious Bite at a Time. The book discusses the health benefits of a low-fat raw vegan diet as well as the scientific evidence that support this type of diet. The figure "80/10/10" represents what Dr. Graham believes to be the desired caloronutrient ratio for optimum human health: 80% carbohydrates ( ...more
Matthew Hinea
introduction & comprehensive guide to raw veganism. when i started reading this i didn't know what raw veganism was, other than that it probably entailed eating uncooked vegan foods. halfway through reading this book i started on a 'raw vegan diet.'

if everyone i have ever met were assembled into one 'average person' (that is, if someone existed that was simply an amalgamation of all the people I have ever known), and that composite person asked me what one book they should read before any ot
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Chanel11
I have now been a mostly raw (occasional high carb cooked meal like rice or potatoes) 801010er since I read this book. All of my digestive issues cleared up, I no longer have severe menstrual bleeding or any PMS pain whatsoever and I find it so easy to eat this way now. I'm not going to lie, it took around 4weeks before I actually enjoyed eating this way, coming from a gourmet vegetarian style of eating it extremely hard to let go of old eating habits and mindset. But now I wouldn't go back - I ...more
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