(Due to a face injury I can't take anything by mouth and so get all my food/liquid through a stomach tube. I'll be getting a Vitamix 5200 in the next few weeks and gradualy transitioning off the non-raw/vegan hospital formula to a raw vegan home-blenderized diet.)
I've been researching TONS before embarking on my raw journey, and I thought I was ready to start, but now I'm running into confusion regarding two different views on the best way to go raw. The one way is lots of greens and veggies, a small amount of fruit, and the bulk of the calories coming from fatty foods like coconut, avocado, nuts, seeds, and oils. The other is low to no nuts/avocados/seeds/oils, some greens/veggies, and the bulk of the calories coming from fruit.
Each side says the other is wrong! The 'nuts' side says that a largely fruit diet is far too high in sugar and will cause all sorts of health problems, and has never been proven to be sustainable, and that modern fruits are loads sweeter than the fruits our ancestors ate. There's scientific studies showing that mice die/become cannibalistic on a fruitarian diet (I oppose these studies on ethical grounds, and of course doubt that a mouse's diet or repsonse to diet has anything to do with humans, but the study is used in raw arguments)
The 'fruitarian/fruits-based' side says that while RDA of fat is between 10-35%, most SAD eaters have 40-50% of their diets comprised from fat, and traditional 'nuts' raw foodists have a whopping 60-70% of their diets made up of fat (since they can't get enough calories from the greens and veggies alone.), which causes sluggishness, a slower digestive tract, waste buildup, and all sorts of health issues, and isn't sustainable, and that the majority of people quitting raw is because they did it wrong and cannot be healthy on a diet that is fats-based. The 'fruits-based' side says that the sugars in fruits are natural and good for you and it is only the level of fat accompanying the sugars which contributes to health issues. They say humans have been scientificaly proven to be frugivores.
AAGGH! Now I don't know which way to go raw. I'm sure it's a debate that will continue till the end of time, and I'm not expecting anyone to be able to tell me unequivicolly which way is absolutely the 'right' way, but I just want to hear people's thoughts, opinions, and experiences so I can come to my own conclusion, because right now I'm paralysed with indecision and it's preventing me from going raw at all yet.
(Note: even if I do decide to go fruits-based, I'm not going to go ahead and become a fruitarian right off the bat. I'm not sure I've heard convincing evidence for pure fruitaranism yet. Anyway I have heard that no one should jump straight into fruitarianism anyway, that the best transition is vegan-raw vegan-fruitarian. So don't worry about me half-killing myself with detox symptoms or anything like that.)