The First Awesome to be Rawsome Giveaway!

Note: The contest is closed but feel free to read the article and leave comments.
Several years ago, I found out I have hypothyroidism. My thyroid had all but quit doing what it was supposed to and my TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) had sky-rocketed. I started a search to see what could either cause or worsen the problem. I found a site about Kaayla T. Daniel’s work uncovering some disturbing facts. It is both controversial and authoritative. There are many sites on the Internet protesting the validity of her material but I know it’s true. I’ve lived it.

There was a pre-publishing download of the book in PDF format with a promise of a copy of the finished product. Almost everything I read in The Whole Soy Story resonated with me. That’s when I essentially gave up all the yummy fake steak and phony baloney. I had cases of it and gave most of it away. I’ll have to admit I would eat what had minimal amounts of soy now and then, but for all intents and purposes, it was history but the damage had been done.

Ms. Daniel’s site has a wealth of information but what sounded like how I could have ended up is is found on page 322 of the book. The difference was, I wasn’t an avid runner and I have never been anything but a vegetarian, and, for the last four years, a vegan. There are many personal stories throughout the book but this one speaks of adding soy products to the vegetarian diet. Just as this person chronicled, I had been eating large quantities of tofu, prepared soy foods, drinking soy milk and snacking on soy “nuts”. In my case, I was trying to get off hormones. In hers, she was hoping to “naturally” relieve the symptoms of menopause. I was lucky. The writer had to have surgery for a goiter with multiple nodules. I haven’t had to go that far.

Soy proponents will argue that people have eaten soy safely for centuries. While that may be true, it has never been consumed in the quantities it is today. There are the obvious sources—the meat analogs, tofu and soy milk—but pick up almost any prepared food and you will find soy as an ingredient in one form or another. It is almost as pervasive as the ubiquitous corn. It is far more dangerous. In a years old copy of Vibrant Life is an article stating some researchers urge people to proceed with caution when adding soy to the diet. Personally, it’s my belief that, if you can live without it then live without it. It isn’t necessary for good health and it can, in fact, have the opposite effect. And it isn’t just the thyroid that can be impacted in a negative way. This book details many different personal stories and conditions.

And now for the giveaway. I have had this book until the pages have yellowed somewhat with age. The truth in its covers is ageless, though, and I feel compelled to share it. I read the PDF. The hardcover book has never been perused. If you have thyroid disease or know someone who does, then you can be counted as a citizen of the civilized world.

You can click here for the Giveaway Rules.

One note: Even if you don’t eat soy, there is someone in your life who needs this information.

59 Responses to The First Awesome to be Rawsome Giveaway!

  1. Cassandra June 28, 2009 at 9:14 pm #

    I’m interested in the book Tommie. πŸ™‚ It sounds really interesting, though it will make my hubby mad if he realizes that he might have to give up his tofu. πŸ˜‰

  2. Tommie June 28, 2009 at 10:01 pm #

    Don’t try to talk him into anything, Cass. If he will read it, he might be convinced but, “A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.” While moderation is key, it definitely has no place in a raw food diet. That being said, I still have some nama shoyu or Bragg maybe three times a year and it’s a very small amount.

  3. terry in the keys June 28, 2009 at 10:54 pm #

    What a great idea! Your giveaway will no doubt be a great hit! Thanks for the opportunity to win the book. πŸ™‚

    • Tommie June 28, 2009 at 11:27 pm #

      No problem, Terry. I don’t believe in hoarding information. Good luck! Remember to come back tomorrow and enter again!

  4. Cassandra June 29, 2009 at 4:04 pm #

    No, I don’t think I’d try to talk him into anything. I’ve actually learned in the last couple days that he follows my example when it comes to eating. It doesn’t work if I say anything, but if I just buy it for him, he eats it voluntarily. Since I’ve been raw, he’s been eating at least one meal of fruit (mostly watermelon) and often eating a bunch of strawberries or oranges or whatever we have at the moment before eating his cooked meals. I think right now he’s actually eating more watermelon than I am!

    • Tommie June 29, 2009 at 6:32 pm #

      Baby steps! Remember to mention soy in the posts you want to qualify for the drawing!

  5. Pamela Reilly, Naturopath June 29, 2009 at 10:21 pm #

    Amen! I share this information frequently and wish more vegans and vegetarians would listen! Knowing this book is out there is a huge help. Thanks for sharing the info and holding this contest! I’ll definitely pick up a copy if I don’t win your contest.

    • Tommie June 30, 2009 at 6:39 am #

      People are addicted! They don’t realize soy is full of excitotoxins. Plus our young people are reaching puberty much too early because of soy overload. Another problem is, unless you grow your own beans from seed your grandfather saved, you are probably getting GMO.

      Remember to come back tomorrow and leave another comment!

  6. Cindy June 30, 2009 at 9:15 am #

    I have seen so many young people going through puberty shoot up really tall and much earlier than the previous generation, and I believe that soy has a LOT to do with it as it is in so many processed foods now! It is also high in estrogen, which is not good for boys or girls! It’s just bad all around. It definitely is not a “magic bean”!

    Thanks for the chance to win something useful! Very cool! πŸ™‚

    • Tommie June 30, 2009 at 6:02 pm #

      It isn’t only the height, Cindy—they are developing much earlier. And have you seen what it can do to a newborn male’s genitals whose mother has eaten a lot of soy? SCARY!!

  7. Eric June 30, 2009 at 2:04 pm #

    I try to stay away from too much soy. But, to my understanding the fermented soy products are the best sources, especially if they’re organic.

    • Tommie June 30, 2009 at 6:04 pm #

      Maybe you’re right, Eric, but all soy has to be cooked to cut down on the toxins. I avoid cooked food.

  8. Coco June 30, 2009 at 4:30 pm #

    Thank you for this! I have been avoiding soy for years, and I am glad that others are finally doing the same. I have Hashimoto’s and avoid soy for so many reasons…yes, for my thyroid but also because most if not all soy is GMO and because soy can put one into estrogen overload.

    • Tommie June 30, 2009 at 6:05 pm #

      You’re welcome, Coco! I think there are more of us out there but not nearly enough! What does estrogen do to the male population??

  9. Cassandra June 30, 2009 at 8:47 pm #

    Soy – it’s in everything. It hides it’s grubby little paws under multiple names so you think it’s not there until you look up all the ingredients in the dictionary. πŸ˜›

    • Tommie June 30, 2009 at 8:59 pm #

      You’re right about that, Cass. Do you carry a dictionary with you to the store? Oh, but you’re eating raw now, huh? That’s a plus with raw—the food we eat has, as fitday says, “No ingredients”. Watermelon is watermelon. Mango is mango. Kinda hard to hide anything there!

  10. Pamela Reilly, Naturopath June 30, 2009 at 10:43 pm #

    Still love this topic! Thanks for offering the contest! Blessings!

  11. terry in the keys June 30, 2009 at 11:47 pm #

    I was raised on soymilk formula as an infant – wonder if it’s had any lasting effects on my health that I haven’t been aware of before? Maybe I’ll be able to find out! πŸ˜‰

    • Tommie July 1, 2009 at 6:37 am #

      I’m sure it did but you’ve done a lot to counteract it, Terry.

  12. Cassandra July 1, 2009 at 12:09 am #

    Yup, eating raw right now. Not too worried about my ingredients list. It’s fairly simple. What did I have for lunch? Bananas! haha.

    Never carried a dictionary to the store. I was just spending time learning about different aspects of ingredients and very slowly weeding them out of my diet. The “problem” is that when you take out soy and all the unhealthy stuff, all you’re left with is fruit and greens! πŸ˜‰

    • Tommie July 1, 2009 at 6:39 am #

      And that isn’t enough, Cass? Don’t forget avocados, nuts and seeds!

  13. Cindy July 1, 2009 at 10:54 am #

    Yes, that is exactly what I meant (in my own mind…..LOL) when I mentioned about getting taller… all goes together; they’re growing faster and bigger with soy! My little cousins eat/drink a lot of soy and they started their period at around 9 years old, not to mention all the extra hair they were getting by age 7 or 8! It is crazy! My nephews did the same thing (minus the periods….LOL). I try to be careful about all the soy and dairy, and my kids are average size or smaller. My 7yo daughter is teeny tiny, so I just can’t imagine her starting her period two years from now. It’s NUTS!!!

    • Tommie July 1, 2009 at 9:20 pm #

      Guess someone I knew in academy never ate soy. She didn’t start her period until she was 18!

  14. Cassandra July 1, 2009 at 11:21 pm #

    It is enough, but not when you’re not ready to give up your cooked food! Some of the soy products are really good…

    • Tommie July 2, 2009 at 7:03 am #

      I hope you mean tasty because none of them are good for you. πŸ˜›

  15. terry in the keys July 2, 2009 at 10:47 pm #

    hope my e-mail address shows this time. It says it’s there Tommie. πŸ™‚ Cindy, I believe that the sooner you start into puberty (for girls anyway) the sooner you stop growing. Soy having estrogen that may not be such a good thing for kids, at least not in large amounts.

    • Tommie July 3, 2009 at 5:41 am #

      Yep, it’s there, Terry. No one but me can see it. Does that mean I’m magic?? πŸ™‚

  16. Cassandra July 3, 2009 at 2:17 pm #

    I can’t believe you have so many comments about soy already!

    • Tommie July 3, 2009 at 4:34 pm #

      Amazing, isn’t it?!

  17. Cassandra July 5, 2009 at 11:29 pm #

    Mmmmmmmm… I want orange style “chicken” with tofu. Yum yum.

    I will be good. I will be good. I will be good. πŸ˜‰

    • Tommie July 5, 2009 at 11:38 pm #

      You’d better be! I’m counting on you!

  18. Pebbles July 6, 2009 at 10:07 pm #

    Do you think this soy book could be found in the library. I need to get my youngest daughter to read it. She loves the soy sausage patties for breakfast. It’s the only soy she eats, but I’d just as soon she find another vice.

    • Tommie July 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm #

      It’s entirely possible. If they don’t have it, ask them to get it. Surely a library somewhere would be able to send it to them for you to check out. I loved the sausage patties, too. Gimme Lean was the only soy-based product I ate in rather small quantities and I had it for several days after I started transitioning to raw.

  19. Cassandra July 6, 2009 at 11:11 pm #

    You’re counting on me? :O Uh oh. lol.

    Tis ok. I’m being good. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Even though I really don’t feel like it right now…

    My favorite soy product is corn dogs. Yum yum. Figured out how to make the totally unhealthy dipping sauce they served at campmeeting once – vegenaise, mustard, and pickle relish all mixed together.

    • Tommie July 7, 2009 at 5:59 am #

      Yeah, Cass, vegetarian tartar sauce. Pretty yummy. I worked for my BIL in a snack bar where we sold corn dogs with tartar sauce. But soy doesn’t come in just the obvious forms. It’s hiding somewhere under some name in 99% (more or less πŸ™‚ ) all the prepared foods.

  20. Charisse July 6, 2009 at 11:22 pm #

    I have had soy in my diet for YEARS now. We discovered very early on that I am allergic to dairy. Not lactose intolerant but allergic to cows pretty much. I have been drinking soy milk since I was a young child. I went to a vegetarian diet for almost a year and in that time I ate a lot of soy products. I have never heard these things about soy. I have only heard ppl sing its praises from the mountain tops. I would love to get this book and read it and learn from it.

    • Tommie July 7, 2009 at 5:56 am #

      Charisse, I had only heard good things about soy until it was too late for me. I started Googling to find the foods that have a negative impact on my thyroid and soy was at the top of every list. Of course, it’s the good press that keep it selling. I think when Dr. Harry Miller started the first soy “dairy”, his intentions were good but since then, it’s the almighty dollar that’s been the driving force.

  21. Cindy July 6, 2009 at 11:51 pm #

    Yucky soy. Bad, bad soy. Now gimme the book already! J/K πŸ™‚

    • Tommie July 7, 2009 at 5:49 am #

      If you enter every day, Raw Daughter, you will have a good chance of winning!

  22. Charisse July 7, 2009 at 11:29 am #

    Does this include just the actual soy beans that we eat – or is it just processed soy – I have so much to learn – I am learning new things all the time as I try to change my diet to be a healthier me!

    • Tommie July 7, 2009 at 6:24 pm #

      Soy sprouts are higher in estrogen and toxins than edamame but they are still in the latter to some degree. Edamame should be cooked before eaten. That rules it out for me, in any case. Dried soy beans are fully mature and they contain toxins and estrogen. They have to be soaked and thoroughly cooked before being eaten or turned into soy milk. The estrogen is intrinsic to soy. It isn’t something that’s added.

  23. Cindy July 7, 2009 at 9:10 pm #

    Me again! πŸ™‚ Thanks, Raw Mom!

    • Tommie July 7, 2009 at 9:58 pm #

      Didn’t say anything about soy, Raw Daughter!

  24. Cassandra July 7, 2009 at 11:30 pm #

    Tartar sauce – is that what it is? Hmmmm… I didn’t know. I just threw ingredients together until I figured out what the yummy sauce was. lol.

    Soy! I mentioned it! πŸ˜‰

    • Tommie July 8, 2009 at 6:21 am #

      I used to eat tartar sauce with a spoon. No wonder I was gobby fat with bad skin!

      Yes, you mentioned it! Squeaked by, didn’t you? πŸ˜€

  25. Kate Quinn July 9, 2009 at 12:52 am #

    Although I’m high raw, edamame has been my cooked exception because I love them so much – and I found when I went raw (after being a vegetarian for 18 years) tofu and tempeh were the foods I craved the most. I’m now wondering if it’s the soy products I used to eat all the time (esp. during puberty!) and just having a look at the book’s website I’m now thinking it could be a cause for my ongoing fertility problems (or its affected my thyorid which in turn is throwing everything else out of balance!) – eek!

    • Tommie July 9, 2009 at 6:09 am #

      My father-in-law used to grow “soy limas” that my mother-in-law would boil, in the pod, in salted water like boiled peanuts. We’d eat them by popping open the pods and slurping down the contents. They were yummy but I’ve given them up along with all the other tasty versions of soy whatevers.

      Kate, it’s entirely possible that eating so much soy could have thrown your body for a loop. It isn’t made for an abundance of estrogen and has to respond some way, even if it’s negative.

      Don’t forget to come back tomorrow and enter again to improve your chances of winning!

  26. Cindy July 10, 2009 at 11:16 am #


    Okay, soy is in nearly ALL packaged foods now, and I hate it! Unless you eat a whole foods or raw diet, it is hard to avoid!

    Is that okay? πŸ™‚

    • Tommie July 10, 2009 at 7:15 pm #

      That’s fine, Cindy. Sorry it’s such hard work to come up with something. πŸ™

  27. Sebastien July 10, 2009 at 6:19 pm #

    It really bothers me when companies whose hearts are otherwise in the right place (I’m thinking of Veggie Brothers, but I’m not sure I can mention them) try to β€œconvert” non-vegans to veganism, or even only to vegetarianism, by offering imitations of murdered animals made from gluten, MSG, and soy. The idea is supposed to be that if it tastes like a murdered animal, that’s a good thing. I’m really shocked when vegetarian/vegan food companies play, or should I say feed?, right into this β€œI can’t believe it’s not…” syndrome.

    Taste-alikes must be enormously helpful when you have close associates whose ego and self-image depend on the socio-sexual poilitics of being carnivores; with such people, introducing them to soy “ake” products may be the only way to save the lives of the animals they would otherwise be eating. But, for the rest of us, it would seem that eating soy products is doing a great disservice to veganism and animal rights: it makes you sick; and ugly; and old; good for nothing either physical or mental (I speak as someone whose temperature runs usually at about 93, thanks to my hypothyroidism); and that is not a good advertisement for ethics and compassion. It’s our duty as vegans to be as shining as exemplars and as inspirational as role-models as possible; and Standard American Veganism just can’t achieve that and must ultimately fail in encouraging others to think in ethical terms. The best thing about raw-foodism is when it evinces a tendency to produce vegans who are living inspirations of why others should take the trouble and emotional effort to be compassionate and against cruelty in their consumerism – people respond best when they think THEY are going to get DIRECT benefits out of changing their ways of diet and consumption in general. Being addicted to soy means, for the addict, that he or she cannot hope to be the change we want to see in the world!

    • Tommie July 10, 2009 at 7:14 pm #

      Sabastien, I can certainly see your point. I was one of those “addicts” years ago.

  28. Cassandra July 10, 2009 at 7:19 pm #

    Sebastien, that’s a very interesting opinion.

    I’ve found that most soy products don’t even taste like the real thing so I’m not sure why people claim they do. For me, I stopped eating meat a long time ago simply because I didn’t like the taste. If soy hotdogs and veggie chicken nuggets tasted like the real deal, I wouldn’t have touched them. It had nothing to do with animal rights or trying to be an example.

    My understanding of meat analogs is that they were created to be a transitional food for those who were hooked on meat products. Eat the substitute for awhile until you get used to being a vegetarian and then stop. It wasn’t intended to be a life long food option. If the fake stuff is actually being used as a traditional food, then I don’t see the harm in it. I think eating soy products is a lot better than eating meat on the scale of health. As long as people continue to move in the right direction, we should try to be encouraging.

    • Tommie July 10, 2009 at 7:36 pm #

      I wouldn’t know, Cassandra. I’ve never tasted meat. The problem is, a lot of life-long vegetarians eat the fake stuff as a mainstay of their diets and that isn’t good for them physically. I ate it from the time I started eating solid food (at the time, they were composed mostly of gluten and not soy) until I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism around the turn of the century. Boy! That makes me sound old! I loved the extruded soy products and thought I was doing myself a favor by eating them. I WASN’T. Too late now but I’m doing better.

      As far as the ethical question is concerned, I can understand that viewpoint. Haven’t you heard it called “The Image to the Beast”? That should mean something to you even if the animal rights stance doesn’t. πŸ™‚

  29. Cindy July 12, 2009 at 9:49 am #

    I finally found this article that I read several years ago on soy. Great read!

    • Tommie July 12, 2009 at 10:03 am #

      Thanks for that, Cindy! I’ll have to read it later but it looks like something very important in this soy-based society!

  30. Cassandra July 12, 2009 at 4:17 pm #

    I have not heard soy called β€œThe Image to the Beast.” LOL But that’s hilarious.

    • Tommie July 12, 2009 at 4:26 pm #

      That’s what fake meat is known as on my side of the family. Two of my brothers-in-law were preachers.

  31. Charisse July 12, 2009 at 9:05 pm #

    I am back. I have been on hiatus from my computer for a while because I have spent so much time in front of it at work.

    I remember, several years ago, that I turned to a vegetarian diet so quite some time. And I tried to eat those fake meat products. To me, they tasted nothing like meat at all. But that is also when I fell in love with edamame. I still have some learning to do about soy, but what I have been learning recently is so very interesting. I am no longer eating a vegetarian diet. I do not eat meat very often, but I do still eat it occasionally. I come from a very big (and I mean big as in very overwieght) family that thoroughly enjoys their meat. When I eat little to no meat or meat products I just feel so much more energized. I don’t feel as bogged down and heavy.

    What really bothers me is why we do not hear all these things about soy. The media can tell us all the other negative things that are going on in our world, but I haven’t heard abut this?

    • Tommie July 12, 2009 at 9:13 pm #

      Charisse, the name of the game is MONEY. Word gets out and Big Business’s bottom line suffers. Soy is in almost everything that’s a prepared food. Did you know farmers feed corn and soy to their cattle to fatten them up for market? And we wonder why Americans are obese!