The 80/10/10 Diet


If you’ve been following my blog and videos lately, you may have heard me mention 80/10/10. It’s a raw diet coined by Dr. Douglas Graham and it is an absolute Naturalie Must Have.

The 80, 10, and 10 are the percentages of calories from macronutrients that make up your daily diet. So, 80% of your calories are from carbohydrates, 10% are from protein, and 10% are from fat. The USDA recommends that the average American consume 18% of calories from protein, 29% from fat, and 53% from carbohydrates. This is completely WRONG! It is no wonder that so many Americans are suffering from so many chronic diseases. Don’t trust these kind of recommendations. MOST OF IT IS BULLSHIT! Just about the only thing they get right is recommending people to eat more fruits, veggies, and fiber. Other than that, be a skeptic! If the USDA’s ratio was correct, how could there still be such exponentially growing disease!?

So how does one eat within the 80/10/10 ratio? Just eat all fruits and veggies. Yep, it’s that simple! Dr. Doug Graham recommends a completely 100% raw diet of fruits and veggies. That means no beans, grains, very few nuts and avocado, and nothing cooked. Dr. Graham advocates not even eating condiments like mustard, ketchup, or even vinegar. For most (me included!) this is a HUGE adjustment. It makes it difficult to eat at any restaurant, unless you can get a large salad without dressing (put that balsamic vinegar away!). However, if you follow this regime 100%, you will be guaranteed to meet ideal health. Even if you are suffering from disease, obesity, fatigue, acne, etc. etc. etc., you will absolutely get rid of them. There are thousands of people who have healed themselves this way, even from heart disease and cancer. You will get to your ideal weight, and finally be the healthiest you could possibly be.

Take a look at this video for an example of what to eat on 80/10/10:

The biggest part of the diet is FRUIT. Now this is the part I really enjoy. You are allowed to eat as much fruit as you can possibly want! See it as a way to eat dessert all day without calorie restriction, without the guilt, and without getting that sickening side-effect. In all honesty, this is the part of 80/10/10 that first captured my attention. Who doesn’t want to eat all that they want without that nagging feeling? So gorge yourself on as many fruits and veggies as you want. Just make sure they are whole and raw!

80/10/10 isn’t only about the food, though. It includes maintaining an active lifestyle, enough sleep to maintain that activity, getting enough natural sunlight, having a healthy social life, and outlets for our stresses and emotions. This part may be a no brainer for many of us, but it doesn’t hurt to be reminded that health is about being well-balanced.

The beauty about 80/10/10 (besides your face if you eat this way!) is how it encourages you to be active because you have so much energy! Carbohydrates are our main source of raw materials to convert into energy. It makes perfect sense that the large majority of our diet be based on carbs. The cells in our body run on glucose, the broken down form of carbohydrate in our body, which can then be converted via cellular respiration and the electron transport chain (in the mighty Mitochondria) to ATP (Adenosine Tri Phosphate), the final energy source used in our bodies. (Side note: The brain runs exclusively on glucose…that’s why you get “foggy” when you’re hungry!). This is done through a process called Glycolysis (glyc for glucose and lysis is Latin for “break down”) (Glucose–>Glucose-6-P–>Fructose-6-Phosphate–>Fructose-1-6-Bis Phosphate–>Glyceraldehyde-3-P–>1-3-Bis-Phosphoglycerate–>3-Phosphoglycerate–>2-Phosphoglycerate–>Phosphoenolpyruvate–>Pyruvate) (hells yea bitches I typed that all from heart ;) Thanks Syracuse U.). When our bodies don’t receive enough glucose from carbohydrates, they are forced to convert fats and proteins from our food into (guess what?) glucose. This is an energy depleting process. In other words, without enough carbohydrates, the body must take away precious energy just to convert other sources. It makes wayyy more sense to use up less energy through the most simple pathway via carbohydrates. If you are in starvation mode (which means you are not getting enough glucose from any food source), the body is forced to use the lipids from our body’s fat stores and the protein from our muscles to then convert into (guess what?!) glucose. Your body then goes into a state called Ketosis because your liver produces what are called ketone bodies when too much protein is present. Your brain can run on ketone bodies if it absolutely has to when you are starving. Diets like the Atkins diet and other high protein-low carbohydrate diets do just this to make you lose weight. You go into Ketosis and your body is essentially starved for nutrients and forces itself to use some of your stored fat. Even if you lose a little weight this way, THIS IS NOT A HEALTHY STATE TO BE IN AND CREATES A TOXIC ENVIRONMENT IN YOUR BODAYYYY! Ketone bodies in large quantities are in fact harmful to the brain and nervous system. They are often used as biological markers in the urine to test for diseases like Diabetes. So why would you want to be in a sick diseased state with a low-carb, high-protein diet which may make you lose a little weight but taxes the body? This whole low carb frenzy from the past decade is completely leading people in the wrong direction and it needs to stop before more people get heart disease and the like! CARBS ARE YOUR FRIENDS!!!!

Phew. I totally just geeked the eff out there ^.

One of the big differences between 80/10/10 and other raw diets is the fat content. Many standard raw diets are heavily dependent on nuts and avocados. This makes it a very high fat diet, some of which may even be higher in fat than the SAD (Standard American Diet). High fat diets lead to chronic disease, plain and simple. Just look at the work of Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Ornish, Dr. Neal Barnard, and Dr. MacDougall. They have healed countless people on low fat vegan diets.

If jumping into 80/10/10 (which is, btdubs, the ULTIMATE DIET FOR HUMAN HEALTH) seems too “extreme” then start taking steps to reach the final goal of going fully raw 80/10/10. Cut out the processed food. The very best thing you can do in working towards this is cutting out oil. No added oil at all! This is HUGE! You would automatically eliminate most processed foods anyway just from this one step, and I promise that there are so many delicious meals to create. Try out no added oil vegan cookbooks like The China Study Cookbook: Over 120 Whole Food, Plant-Based RecipesForks Over Knives – The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year. You will lower your cholesterol down to its proper place below 150 mg/dl (not 200 mg/dl like so many doctors are mistaken to tell you!), drop pounds, and feel a whole lot better.

Other advocates of the 80/10/10 way don’t always do it fully raw either. Lately, I’ve been following Freely the Banana Girl on the Youtubes who used to be completely raw but has recently advocated going “raw til four” where she will eat raw, whole fruits during the day and then eat salads as well as cooked veggies and even corn pastas for dinner. “Raw til four” is certainly more manageable.

It may not be easy to jump right into, so let 80/10/10 be the ultimate goal in your journey to health like it is with me! Buy it below along with Dr.Graham’s recipe and reference guide!

Have you tried out 80/10/10? What makes it work for you? What are some of your favorite things to eat on it? Let me know in the comments below!


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  1. Kathleen says:

    So impressed with your glycolysis recall. Seems like you are keeping that brain of yours active during our summer vacay! Mine has turned to mush- just enjoying the break for me. Cute video and the dateorade looks delish- will need to make that soon. Hope u are enjoying your summer.

    • Natalie Natalie says:

      Thanks Kathleen! I’ve had that pathway memorized since our first semester only because I put it to a song! hahaha I don’t know if I can be as confident with anything else we’ve learned! :p Can’t wait to catch up!

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