Hi! Sorry, LOOONG post but wow, I'm so happy to have found this site, it is EXACTLY what I was looking for! I did a raw vegan diet for 3 years and I LOVED it. It was an amazing experience! Prior to raw vegan, I had tried many different diets, and I loved healthy food. I tried low-fat, vegetarian (with fish), Okinawa program (which is kind of like macrobiotic), Atkins. I did low-fat when I was in high school (I was 5'2, 125 lbs to start) and ended up too thin, anorexic, oops- I never intended to get that skinny (95 lbs) and it scared me but I just couldn't figure out how to maintain the healthy slender weight that I wanted (about 115). The Okinawa diet (from the book by the Harvard researchers) was very nice in that it encouraged lots of steamed dark leafy greens, which made me feel GREAT. However it also had what I would now consider to be too much grain (albeit brown rice). It was a diet that felt good though, and I stuck with it for years. Then I started looking bloated so I did a liver cleansing diet which was very successful, and which introduced me to low-carb. From there I tried Atkins, although I never gave up fruit because I refused to believe that fruit could be "bad" in any way. And also because I found it difficult to digest meat without eating fruit with it. So I did Atkins with a high level of greens, fruits, and vegetables. My body shape completely changed on Atkins! Whereas previously I had even weight distribution from top to bottom, on Atkins I got skinnier from the waist up, and fatter from the waist down. And one day I looked in the mirror and saw TONS of cellulite on the back of my thighs. I've never had cellulite before, so this was alarming. I was getting most of my meats & fats from Whole Foods, though, so I'm still perplexed by this because I've now come to believe that cellulite is caused by toxins. I was eating a lot of cheese though, which never seems to be bode well for me. But, through all of these diets, for like 10 years my weight stayed stubbornly in the mid-120's, which was exasperating. THEN, I discovered the raw food diet, not for weight loss, though - b/c I was getting sick all the time. It was AWESOME! I wasn't sick anymore, my skin glowed, I effortlessly lost weight, I had plenty of energy to make it through the day, and I constantly wanted to go running and lift weights. It was a joy and a pleasure. I looked FANTASTIC and reverse-aged. My weight stabilized around 116-118, which I was THRILLED with, and I lost the weight everywhere except my boobs. My boobs got bigger! From a 34 B/C to a 34D/32DD. I felt really sexy. This was the diet I was sticking to for life. It was the easiest diet for me, and I got the best results. My teeth looked yellow but it was a small price to pay. And then one day something weird happened, I felt this buzzing in my head and I was kind of freaking out. I went to four different doctors and the holistic one told me to take zinc, that I might have a zinc deficiency. Anytime I ate a vegetable the buzzing in my head got worse. I felt like crap. I had to force myself to eat meat, because that's the only thing my head wasn't buzzing on. I have to admit, I ate quite a bit of chocolate on raw vegan, and this could've contributed to a copper toxicity. Did I have copper toxicity? Probably. Maybe. I don't like to think about it. My skin became painfully sensitive to sunlight. The zinc and the meat sure helped though. I wonder sometimes, whether my symptoms were partially the physical manifestation of the emotional trauma I was experiencing in my job. Tough to say, as everything is interrelated. Ever since then, which was about 3 years ago, I've been doing a modified raw diet with cooked meat. I have more steady energy throughout the day, and when I supplement with B vitamins I really feel the energy boost. On days when I do mostly raw, my waist gets skinnier (meat makes my waist thicker). Greens are key for me. I'm curious to try a raw food diet with animal fats, like on salads, and see how that goes. I eat too much junk at work, because it's there. I'm worried about going too-paleo, though, and getting fat cellulite thighs again like on Atkins. For now I'll continue to eat some meat, as it seems to agree with me. I've been searching so long for the ideal diet, it's frustrating that I'm still searching. I find that when I drink green juices, I want nothing to do with meat. I def would prefer to do raw vegan. So I'm going to do a combo of raw vegan and paleo, leaning towards fruits and veggies (esp greens b/c they make me feel full). I envy people who've been raw vegan for 30 years, what's their secret to success on the diet? I'm also going to school to study nutrition, so I'll have plenty of time to devote to solving this dietary mystery. Good luck to you all! And keep posting if you have interesting stories to share! I'll let you know what I find, as well.