My dream is to be vegetarian, kinda fat but healthy. Please tell us how to get fat in a wise way so to speak. I want to get on a raw food diet and get fat, is that possible somehow? Aside getting soy lecithin in smoothies what could I eat so as not to have my skin come to being right next to my muscles and bones. I want to remain in a very healthy body and brain still but get the fat.
– Simon, age 30’s, Granby, 4/15/2011
NimishaI’m almost at a loss as to how to answer your question, but I’ll try my best. Reason being, what you’re asking goes against everything I know about nutrition and good health. My sources for information are The China Study (by Dr. T. Colin Campbell), Dr. Neal Barnard ( &, Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Pam Popper (Wellness Forum), Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, and others in the same camp. None of them advise getting fat.

I agree, you don’t want to be “skin and bones” – but a healthy weight. I can point you to numerous plant-powered athletes who are extremely fit, strong, muscular and healthy, but not fat: Canadian ironman champ Brendan Brazier, former NHL brawler Georges Laraque, retired NBA superstar John Salley, bodybuilder Robert Cheeke, and the list goes on. Brendan Brazier is 80% raw, and certainly not skin and bones.

Having said that, the highest fat content foods from the plant world are: nuts (fattiest of them being macadamia and cashews), avocados, coconuts, olives, and to a lesser degree seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, hemp, flax, chia, etc). You would include more of these types of foods to gain weight – but only if your activity level is high enough to support eating these foods in large amounts. The doctors I mention above actually caution against these foods for their heart, cancer and diabetes patients.

As you rightly point out, water rentention products like creatine are not a good idea – they unnaturally throw your body off balance.

I would highly recommend you either read “The China Study” or go see the movie “Forks over Knives”, then let us know if you still want to gain weight. For a good book on a healthy raw diet, I recommend Brendan Brazier’s “The Thrive Diet” – try your local library – or both books are widely available at most book stores and on-line retailers such as Amazon.

If I’ve misunderstood your question in any way, please clarify, and we’ll take another run at it.

In good health,

Steve responds:

I did a google search and found this:

Of course, it may be your body type to be thin. But good luck.

For gaining weight, see High energy vegetarian foods at If you really want to bulk up, check out

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