I really enjoyed the Dec. 31 entry on Steve's blog. Very thorough and interesting.
A point I've noticed through my years as a vegetarian, vegan, and now, raw vegan, is how funny it is that people scrutinize, analyze, criticize, and cross-examine the possible downfalls of a healthy diet, often using the standard questions we all hear as background noise but don't really research (how do you get your protein, what about B12, what about calcium...) BUT many of the same people eat the standard junk/chemical/additive-filled processed food diet and don't bat an eyelash at that. As if to do something good for oneself requires years of advance research and a team of experts, but to continue in the same unhealthy, tiring habits is beyond scrutiny. Does the person on the SAD (Standard American Diet) pose the same questions about their own intake? I think not. And what puts a person more at risk? I really think we get this backwards.
I'm at a point where I don't mind the standard questions at all (I had them all myself once), but it would be interesting to have the SAD person turn their nutritional questions onto their own diet and see what they come up with.
And, as always, use your own health, weight, level of vitality, and lab results as the measure of your success.
~~Melissa RAWintuition: my transition into the raw diet