Wednesday, January 4, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: The Raw Food Detox Diet by Natalia Rose


ABOUT THE BOOK (From Amazon):

Why you're going to love The Raw Food Detox Diet
You will . . .
  • never count calories, fat grams, or carb grams, or measure foods again;
  • see results even without deliberate exercise;
  • eat liberal amounts of rich, satisfying foods; and
  • open the flood gates for improvements in every area of your life.
Natalia Rose's proven program will set you on a course toward greater energy, a slimmer figure, a radiant complexion, and amazing natural health—whether you aim to lead an all-raw lifestyle or simply want to lose weight while still eating the foods you love. The book also features more than eighty irresistibly fresh and simple gourmet recipes for all meals, occasions, and Raw Food Detox Diet levels, including
  • mouthwatering salad dressings such as Liquid Gold Elixir and Amazing Raw "Peanut" Sauce;
  • sumptuous soups such as Raw Harvest Butternut and Coconut Soup;
  • cleansing pasta and lasagna dishes and delicious, guilt-free pizzas;
  • Thai delights such as Spring-in-Your-Step Rolls with Raw Teriyaki Sauce;
  • decadent desserts such as Cheesecake Pudding and Raw Cinnamon Apple-Pear Pie; and
  • Raw Ice Creams and Sherbets.

MY REVIEW:

I have been interested in the raw food diet/lifestyle for years, but have not had enough confidence in myself to really take the next step.  Over the weekend I finally decided to buy this book which I've had my eye on it for several months now.  I read the entire thing in under 24 hours and I have learned a lot!

Whenever I tell anyone that I read this book or that I'm on a "raw food diet," everyone seems to react with some sort of fear.  They tell me stories about people they know who tried to eat "raw food" and got sick or they try to convince me how bad a raw food diet can be for your system or they question how someone on this type of diet could possibly get enough protein or calcium.  Although it may sound extreme, the Raw Food Detox Diet is probably not what you think it is.  Rest assured, all of these things are covered in the book.  So, before you comment on this post with all of the reasons I should not eat a raw food diet, I recommend you read the book. You may be surprised.

I was very relieved by the author's approach on eating raw foods and felt confident after reading the book that I can do this.  Here's why. At the end of Part I there is a brief quiz that helps you determine your own personal "raw food transition number."  Your score will put you into one of five different categories and then there is a section that provides a 7 day sampling of how/what you should eat at your individual level, as well as a wide variety of recipes to help you get started. 

The results of my test put me in Level 4 (1 being the most extreme of the 5 groups). At Level 4 Rose recommends I eat about 80% raw foods.  That means I get some cooked foods (including meat) at dinner every day.  Can I eat fruits and veggies all day and then a nice normal-ish meal in the evening?  You bet!  But, there is a method to how you should eat those fruits and veggies for the best results, so if you are interested in eating a raw food diet, I suggest you do your research first.

After reading the book, my husband and I made a commitment to try this type of healthier eating for a while and see how we do as a family (but don't call that a New Year's Resolution!).  We're only one day into it, so I will have to come back and update this post when I have results to share.  Wish me luck!

Happy New Year!