DEAR SPROUTMAN: After years of eating what I believed was a “healthy” diet I came across you books “Sprouts the Miracle Food” and “Wheatgrass Nature’s Finest Medicine” and realized that maybe my diet was not all that healthy. Do you think you eat healthily? Why? Thanks in advance! – Karen

DEAR KAREN: My diet is based around my beliefs. Indeed, most diets are founded on a philosophy. You know…vegetarians believe in non-violence to animals. Raw foodists believe in the principles of their diet just like religious followers believe in the tenets of their religion. Raw eaters believe their diet is the original, or biblical diet. As it says in Genesis: “I have given you every seed-bearing plant that is upon all the earth, and every tree that has seed bearing fruit. They shall be for yours for food.” So at its core, the raw food diet is an animal-free (vegan), and spiritual diet. I am not 100% religious about my food, but continuing the analogy, this would be the “church” I subscribe to.