The Raw Food Detox Diet: The Five-Step Plan for Vibrant Health and Maximum Weight Loss
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A top nutritionist provides her simple, proven five-level diet plan to safely make the transition to eating raw foods, and to detoxify and achieve a perfect body no matter how you eat now. The raw food craze has taken off, as raw restaurants spring up and celebrities, models, and other fans tout the effects of eating raw. However, many people who are intrigued by raw food simply don't know how to make the transition from what they're eating now, or how to achieve the benefits of eating raw without giving up their lifestyle or the foods they love. Natalia Rose, an in-demand nutritionist, shows how in "The Raw Food Detox Diet". Whether your diet is primarily made up of meat and potatoes, or tofu and tempeh, you can incorporate the flavour and lasting health benefits of raw food into your life with this groundbreaking diet book to energize and inspire you to achieve your goals safely and easily.
Amazing! I decided to read this book after counting my carbs and walking 4 miles a day didn't even MOVE the scale.
I'm no vegan and happen to HATE salads so I thought this would be a bust for me. But willing to try anything ONCE I started doing all of the suggestions. (minus the juicing since my juicer won't be here for another week) Even without the benefit of green lemonade, and while eating what I wanted (Including meat) for dinner..I'm losing about 5 lbs every 3 days.
I'm a believer!
I also read Carol Alts book on the subject. She is a meat eating raw foodie as well.
I lost weight, I look loads younger than my 40 years and I can keep up with my toddler. What more could I ask for?...more info
Refreshing Common Sense I really enjoyed this book even though a lot of it was reiterating things I've always known - fresh vegetables and fruits are healthy for you, and make you feel amazing. However, it was very smart of the author to include meals that help you progress to eating more raw meals gradually, since cold turkey diets set people up for failure so often! I thought it was very helpful the way the digestive process was described, and it was very readable. I'm definitely recommending this read to some of my friends!...more info
A Mix of Good and Bad Advice This book has a really unusual mix of advice - some good, some bad - so if you decide to buy it, read it with a healthy dose of skepticism.
The author really shines in advising you how to make the transition to a more or entirely raw food lifestyle, and her recipes are tailored to raw food for busy people. Because of this, they place little emphasis on sprouting and dehydrating. A common frustration for people trying to get into raw food is leafing through their raw "cook" book for a recipe for dinner, only to find that they needed to sprout something 3 days ago, or dehydrate something for 12 - 24 hours in a dehydrator - not useful if it's 7PM and you're hungry NOW. If you continue to pursue a raw food lifestyle, you'll learn to adapt to this mode of food preparation, but at first it can be a real barrier. These recipes focus on quick preparations, and so sidestep these common pitfalls.
The author is not so great at explaining the detoxification process, and she makes some pretty dramatic claims (implicitly and explicitly) without any citations to back them up. She appears to be a believer in the idea that mucoid plaque builds up in the intestines, and that soy is poison; however she doesn't explain how she arrives at these conclusions, and she doesn't point the reader to any source to find out more. Consequently as a health guide, I find those claims dubious at best.
Her recommendations for monthly colonics and/or regular enemas strike me as reckless and quite possibly antagonistic to the process of truly detoxifying your body. Improperly administered colonics and enemas can introduce foreign bacteria and toxins directly into your colon, and make you sick. If you have any disorders of the intestinal tract, such as diverticulitis, colitis, ileitis, crohn's disease, ibs, or intestinal permeability ("leaky gut") you will definitely want to talk to your physician before starting any type of colon therapy. If you don't suffer from any such ailments, consider whether your money might be better invested in a really good juicer or a vitamix! ;) Even the food combination rules are questionable at best, so read them with a healthy dose of skepticism.
There are other examples of just plain bad advice in the text. The author suggests that you won't need to be concerned about hydration or sunscreen on a raw food diet, for example. If you're trying to detoxify your system, you would do well to drink plenty of water and use sunscreen. Proper hydration will help you eliminate toxins and help you regulate your appetite, and since your skin is your body's largest eliminative organ, you should protect it! An EXCELLENT guide to the detoxification process is "Internal Cleansing" by Linda Berry. It describes sources of toxicity, and provides a very holistic approach to eliminating toxins from your food, environment and body.
If you think you may be heading toward an eating disorder (anorexia/bulimia), or if you already have one, you'd do well to consult with a counselor or medical practitioner before making a switch to ANY structured eating plan, since it's possible to go overboard with the food rules and use them as an excuse to deprive yourself of nutrition. Especially if your body has already been compromised by malnutrition and/or abuse of laxatives, work with a nutritionist, naturopath or physician who is familiar with eating disorders and can help you develop a healthy and lasting lifestyle change.
If you want to make a lasting change to any aspect of your life, take your time, be gentle with yourself, focus on the process, and pay attention to triggers that cause you to lapse back into unwanted behavior patterns. You'll also want to pay careful attention if you find yourself getting too fixated or rigid with your diet. This book does a good job of gently guiding you through the behavior change as long as you're careful to avoid some of the bad advice served up along the way....more info
Awesome, gradual transitions to a Raw Lifestyle I love Natalia's book: it differs from other raw recipe and information books because it does not require a 100% immediate transformation to a new way of eating. Natalia offers a gradual and safe program for those interested in making a permanent change to their diet and health program by delineating five coherent and progressively more healthy phases for change.
Natalia's advice helped me relax and enjoy my eating program, and focus on the my real goal: healthy cells! ...more info
Unreliable I guess I have a problem with hypocrisy. Yes, we're all hypocrites at times. But when it comes to a published and greatly esteemed book spouting out a hypocritical statement in the first 30 pages of its 243, I tend to put up my guard. I was a little shocked that Natalia Rose said "cows milk was designed for baby cows - not humans!" and then goes on to encourage the consumption of goat and sheep milk products. Okay, so baby goats and lambs aren't entitled to a little of mama's milk? Vegans, this book isn't for you. The only part of this book that I believe is valuable is the food-combining information....more info
Great Book - Poor iPod / iPhone Formatting I think this book is great, simple to understand and a good read, I can see the "why" of this way of eating, not just the "how" and it makes sense. What I wanted to write about is if you have an iPod or iPhone and wish to read this digitally on those devices, be aware that the format for delivery is really lacking at this time. There's a pretty important chart of the 4 food divisions that is so tiny it is garbled and unreadable and there is no way to enlarge it. Also forget using the index or page references, once in a while the author will refer to something on, say, page 123, um, hey Amazon, why aren't the pages numbered according to the physical book? Instead there is this sort of useless numbering system that has very little to do with the book, its references or index. There's also one sideways scroll that locks up and doesn't function after a while - buggy. My suggestion, definitely get this book, but don't get it for your iPod or iPhone until Amazon improves formatting for those of us who don't want to $Kindle.......more info
Very Informative I learned some interesting things about transitioning to raw, and the importance of sequencing your food intake by anount of time that particular food takes to digest. Very informative....more info
Finally something healthy my kid will eat! And no cooking either! Yeah! Loved the section for feeding children. This extremely picky boy I feed likes this type of food. I needed other suggestions. He loves soy chips, juice, fruit, nuts, cereal, smoothies, and high protein pancakes and wholesome bread (if I bake it myself, zuchini with protein powder etc.) Loved the additional suggestions. A nice way to think about salad alternatives if you aren't going to go raw foods all the way, you'll still learn something and be healthier for reading this book....more info
Great Book This book has been very helpfull as I start down this road to raw food health. I have tried many recipes and most have been very good. She does have some extreme views towards cleansing that I'm not quite sure about at this time but I am new to this so we will see. I do like the fact that she does not say you have to eat all raw and stresses not diving head first into a raw food life style as to not fail, but says the goal is superior cell health, not exclusively a raw food diet....more info
Loved it. This is a great book for changing the way you eat a little bit at a time. The section on families is filled with great advice. I've lost 20 lbs in four months and after the initial shock of eating mostly raw fruits and vegetables, it's easy. I crave my fruit smoothie in the morning and raw salad at lunch. Then I eat a healthy dinner. The recipes in it are excellent. I've made the Peace in the Middle East salad to bring to parties and people love it. The dressings are great too. The only thing I'm not into are the colonics she mentions. I'm not ready for that one. Other than that, I recommend this for anyone who wants to change their diet and lifestyle forever....more info
Going raw? start here This is a good book to start with if you're thinking of going raw. All the basics are here. The author encourages you to start slowly and introduce raw foods gradually into your diet rather than going raw overnight. On this diet, it is so important to food combine properly, which is explained in the book. Also, she includes easily digestible foods that are not raw. I would have given this book 5 stars, but she did not fully explain that apples and lemons can be combined with vegetables, so I think it looks like she is contradicting herself when she includes a recipe with apples, lemon, and greens. Earlier in the book she says that fruit must be eaten alone. Also, she says that avocado is metabolized as a starch, but all other food combining sources say it is a protien. It's okay that she has a differing opinion, but she doesn't state why she thinks so. Read this, get what you can from it, but also do your homework and read from other sources, as well. Gourmet Raw is also good. ...more info
Still haven't received this item It has been over 30 days since I ordered this product and still NO BOOK....more info
Not a vegetarian yet...... I bought this book because it seemed to me that the Hallelujah Diet was just a little too cold turkey (no pun intended)into the raw food vegetarian lifestyle. This book rightly explains that to not make this a somewhat gradual change could have some really uncomfortable effects as our bodies need time to transition from our old ways of eating. I like that the book gives tips and recipes for whatever level you're at. The author has some really strange theories on how to maintain proper bodily functions which I mostly disagree with but aside from that, it is a helpful book....more info
The Raw Food Detox Diet. This book was fantastic and very easy to read and understand. I loved it and am following the ideas set out in the book.I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to lose weight and understand about good health....more info
POOR SERVICE ! I paid extra money to have this book shipped to me quickly and it did not arrive early enough to match the amount extra I paid. Tried 2 or 3 times to contact the people selling it, they never did e-mail me back. This is the 3-4 time that I've written something negative about the experience and I still have not heard anything from anybody ! I gave a one star but if I could go back and take the star off I would !!!
Great information! I love this book! It's my new Bible for health and healing. I am not new to healthy eating, but this just ramped it up a notch. ...more info
Changed my Life for the Better! If you are trying to detox, loose weight and transition to raw foods, this is the book for you. It is a perfectly laid out plan of attack based on your past eating habits and personal issues. It helps you get there without going "cold turkey". You don't have to give up your meat, dairy and eggs right out of the gate and you will feel great each step of the way. It is all in the book. It has EVERYTHING you need to take your new journey. It is a book that you will keep on the kitchen table and use every day if not at every meal. It is a MUST have. The recipes are truly delicious and easy and my life has truly changed for the better because of this book. Don't pass this one up! Blessed be All......more info
Even my 16 month old will drink the Green Lemonade! My goal was only to get more fruits and veges into my family, so I'm not to strict about the actual "diet." I do try to make the Green Lemonade every day or every other day and my non vege eating husband pronounced it "not bad" and will drink it, as will my 16 month old son (4 year old daughter has said "no thanks" thus far.) My book is already water and food stained from trying the recipes; my favorite being Guacamole Salad (both kids beg for it when they see it!) and Marinated Portobello Mushrooms. It has inspired me to add almond milk to their cows milk to try to reduce the dairy. It has also caused me to simply buy more fruits and vege and offer them to the kids (and myself.) This is why my son ate almost an entire pint of blueberries the other day and my daughter took 1/2 a cucumber and ate it like it was an apple. My goal to get the family to eat more vegetables has been satisfied with the help of this book!...more info
diet books The book is easy to read and understand . It makes really good sense . A lot of the info you have heard of in different books but this one brings it together. I would of liked a little more info on the different foods listed in the different catigories. A more complete lists of quick exit foods and the right combinations . ...more info
The fastest way to an eating disorder I know of I bought this book several years ago and followed the diet exactly. Three years later my digestion is terrible. My diet now consists of vegetables and a small amount of grains. I cannot eat fruit or nuts. Do not buy this book if you are an emotional eater. By this book for the recipes. Do not follow her eating advice. ...more info
raw food detox diet the price for this book is really reasonable and the information within the book is extremely informative on the subject of eating raw, cutting processed foods out of your diet, and in general just cleansing your body from the inside out. i was also surprised and pleased with the recipe section of the book, it's really nice and gives great ideas for all different types of meals, depending on how intense you want your experience with raw foods to be....more info
Great book for beginners to the Raw Foods way of eating I just purchased this book and read the entire thing in one sitting. I'm new to following a Raw Food Diet. I've been on it for about 3 weeks (at about 90% raw) and have noticeable weight loss results. I'm actually surprised I havent done this a long time ago because I love fresh fruits and veggies and could eat them all day long - which I am now. :)
Anyway, back to the book, I really bought this for recipes as the ones I found online were not very appealing to me and I was running out of ideas. I found this book to have a lot of good recipes and enough to add some variety to my diet for a while. I especially like the salad dressing recipes.
I also liked the food combining info. I was not aware of this and had not been following this logic however, I am going to give it a try as well.
Overall I found the writing style easy to read and fun with lots of examples of what she is talking about etc, like I said, I read the entire thing in one sitting. My only complaint about this book is that the title makes it a bit misleading. There is a LOT of talk of cooked foods in here. I was not expecting this. I appreciate the fact that this book is giving readers a way to ease into a raw food lifestyle by including cooked foods so you arent going cold turkey however, there is so much mention of cooked foods in here that are allowed on the diet (if you so chose to incorporate them) that this doesnt strike me as real a "Raw foods diet" at all. I would think for hardcore Raw Foodists, this book would not be useful at all. I found my own diet that I am following to be much more hardcore than this book and I am new to the whole thing!
Like I said, I liked the book, I got a lot of good info out of it I just found the title to be misleading and would not recommend this book to anyone who has been following a hardcore raw food diet as I dont think they would get much out of it other than a few of the recipes. I think I would change the title to "Raw Food Light" as I found this to be a light version of the real thing. Having said that, I found her ideas and plans much easier for someone to follow and to make a lifestyle change they would stick to because it isnt so extreme.
The Raw Food Detox Diet I love this book. It's written very well and is easy to understand. Anyone can follow this diet in some form or another!...more info
Not what it seems This book starts off making lots of sense & gets you all hyped up....but when you start to read what it's really all about...the actual diet...you're very discouraged. It's not a practical diet for the everyday life of a working mom. I'll stick to Weight Watchers. I returned the book for a refund....more info
Great in theory... I am glad I checked this book out of the library because this diet just won't pan out in my life. She makes some good points about eating healthy raw foods, but the section most important to me 'Raw on a Budget' tiptoed around the fact that you can't afford the really good raw stuff unless you've got plenty of disposable income, but if you really want to make it work you'll magically find the money. I will take away healthier choices, but going through a head of celery a day for some juice and getting monthly colonics while brushing your body daily is more Hollywood than real life. Mostly this book will just make you feel bad about the food you're going to keep eating because living raw isn't totally viable for average people....more info
The Raw Food Detox Diet by Natalia Rose I was very disappointed in this book. The title is deceiving. I am a vegan and thought this book was for health. Meat, eggs, cheese and lots of oil are not healthy for you. These products are full of cholesterol and artery clogging fats. She discourages the eating of legumes and soy products. May I suggest that this author and others that are interested in health read the China Study by T. Colin Campbell,PhD and Diet for a New America by John Robbins...more info
Amazing I've eaten healthy before and it resolved all my health issues. This book came into my life at the right time to resolve my issues again. Thanks....more info
Best book ever!! Best book ever for those interested in taking charge of getting your body back into a life-sustaining mode. People who don't like the book are either not ready for the concepts or haven't read it clearly and understood it. Food combining is crucial and Natalia takes it to a level that no one else has or is afraid to because it may not have scientific proof by all the debunkers out there. As we know, science isn't always the best tool to gauge something by. Remember when they thought the world was flat? hmmm....By far, the best book I ever read. I absolutely LOVE the recipes and found it so easy to transition into the combining of foods. ...more info
a worthy successor to Fit For Life So much controversy and reactivity over the ideas in this book! I love it!
After about 15 years of studying and experimenting with nutritional paradigms from the Zone to Body Ecology Diet (anything but Atkins) I'm always curious to see new takes on old systems and this book is a lovely and worthy successor to one of my favorite books on healthy living through good nutrition, Fit For Life. That book introduced me to the reasons behind eliminating dairy, practicing food combining, the energy ladder concept of eating, etc and this book takes those basic principles and brings them into a lovely 5-tiered program for slowly, joyfully and subtly shifting into a lifestyle that includes more and more living foods.
I wholeheartedly believe in food combining and the benefits of dropping things like dairy and soy, so this resonates for me personally via my own experiences with it...when I did all of thee above my asthma lessened, weight came off and my energy skyrocketed. I can't argue with that. There IS science behind it all but at the end of the day what matters to me isn't a medical journal's opinion backing things up, it's how I feel and the state of my health. I am vibrant, energetic and ALIVE when I follow these simple guidelines (yes, I know they are dizzying at first, but it becomes second nature). What's nice about the food combining principle is the fact that by honoring even just that one concept, in general, I feel a difference of night and day. And over time, as you become more comfortable and adept, you can fine tune it further and further, and your body will let you know when that time is.
As for the Green Lemonade/juicing, it sounds fabulous and I will certainly add that in sometimes, but I find using Victoria Boutenko's Green Smoothies to be what my body prefers. I know Natalia says that by eliminating the fiber you hydrate the cells more quickly, and that could very well be true, but again I listen to my body, and my wallet! ;) My trusty glass Osterizer does a bangup job of liquifying my pint of greens and fruit, but I will follow her lead of adding lemon juice and ginger.
As with any system, I suggest allowing yourself to adjust things to what you know works for you, but I also encourage you to be open to her ideas and recommendations. Yes, she allows things like fish, eggs, meat, etc but this is because she wants to make this approachable to everyone, starting from any level. And I think she's quite right to say that you can address things like coffee, wine, etc later on...doing too much too soon can really knock you back and be counterproductive, I agree. I've experienced that myself.
If you are someone who is not open to concepts like food combining, eliminating dairy and soy, etc then this will not be something you'll like or follow. But if you are willing to try these out and trust that perhaps the things we are told by the maintstream aren't necessarily the healthiest choices, you could really tap into something special here. She'd made this as simple and enjoyable as possible, offering everyone from the Big Mac addict to a strict vegan a way to progress into a more balanced and energizing way of eating and living.
I've noticed people sniping about contradictions and I think they must be skimming, not listening. She says time and again that while she presents guidelines, it's not an all or nothing deal. Yes, ideally fruits are to be eaten on their own, but you can mix them with raw veggies sometimes. I think the flexibility is great because it removes rigidity from the equation and makes these shifts less daunting.
She also addresses the inclusion of Splenda on her website; she clearly wants people to turn to natural sweeteners like stevia (my favorite), maple syrup, raw honey, etc but for Nutrasweet addicts at Level 5, that probably sounds unattainable, so she offers Splenda as a transitional compromise. If it keeps someone open to making a shift into something about life energy and vitality, where they can later drop that and go all natural, it's really not such an abomination, and I am as ANTI artificial sweetener as it gets. Taking someone from gallons of Aspartame ingestion to stevia ain't easy...Splenda is just a stepping stone. Ideally, you pass that up and go for the other choices, which are incredible and tasty.
Now as for people who feel she doesn't have the credentials to back up her work, let me just say that I've gotten more sound guidance on health and nutrition from people who study it on their own voraciously than I have from any M.D.s. A degree does not make you an expert, believe it or not. The best personal trainer I ever worked with was a bodybuilder whose self taught knowledge of kinesiology and anatomy was astounding, no initials behind his name but a legion of clients who made incredible gains in strength and health safely under his guidance. Conversely, I worked with a trainer with an Bachelor's and three certifications and she was awful. Degrees are lovely, but if you're someone who needs to see special sequences of initials behind someone's name to find their knowledge valid, move along to something else. There is a world of valuable information out there, but they don't yet offer degrees on things like nutrition for higher vibrational frequencies, etc. Maybe they never will, but either way, this kind of lifestyle shift goes far beyond what can be taught in a college classroom; it's a mind/body/spirit paradigm. Like yoga, there are aspects that can be handed down, and aspects that can only be experienced.
Bottom line, this is a program that really anyone, at any level of nutritional awareness can do and still enjoy life, and eating. And if you are someone who loved Fit For Life, like me, you will likely enjoy this natural extension of those teachings. The recipes are also very approachable, and that's coming from someone who HATES to cook! LOL
Eat and feel GOOD! If you want to feel bettetr and look good this is the book for you.
It explains the why and how and is easy to follow. Simple daily menus you can follow. Easy to use reipes. AND best of all the weight drops of too. A new healthy eating plan that you can follow even when going out for a meal. Eat and feel great!! I do!The Raw Food Detox Diet: The Five-Step Plan for Vibrant Health and Maximum Weight Loss...more info
well written and laid out The book is one of the best I have read on the subject. The best part is the quiz to determine where you should start and specific recipies for your level of detox. Anyone can do it....more info
Perfect diet for some, not for all This book is everything you need to know about eating a mostly raw diet. I love all of the "real life scenarios" in the book-- this is a lifestyle I could easily follow for, well, life! I have been vegetarian for a few years and a vegan for over two. I have always eaten light during the day, and love Ms Rose's approach to doing so. Vegetables are neutral so you can have them w/fruit, it just takes longer to digest. Also, for as long as I've been vegetarian, I've followed the rules of food combining (which were first recommended to me by my nutritionist/naturopath who does have a legit degree-- I agree with some who say Natalia's credentials are lacking). It works well for me to avoid combining starch and proteins especially.
BUT, this lifestyle, diet, whatever you call it, isn't for everyone. I wouldn't ever try to push this on anyone who eats a diet of mainly meat, dairy and processed junk or fast food. I used to eat junk/fast food here and there before becoming vegetarian, but it was very easy for me to give it up. Some of these reviews say that this diet advocates meat, dairy & eggs. But truly, it only does in sparse amounts. The "dairy" is RAW goat cheese which is far better for you than dairy, and the meat is only fish. The author says she ate fish occasionally but now has given it up because she felt as if it wasn't contributing to her "life force energy" anymore (this is in her 2nd book I think), which does make sense. Fish is the best "meat" you can have, if you do eat meat. As far as eggs go, she mainly suggests them as a transition food. I am vegan and don't care for eggs, so I ignored this. BUT all of the other foods -- raw or sprouted breads, almond butter, avocado, etc. are very, very good for you! I am not a big fan of her using so much olive oil; it should only be used sparingly and not daily.
My favorite part of the book is the concept of "light to heavy"! I have always eaten this way, even before veganism or whatnot--light breakfast, light/medium lunch and a larger dinner (salad, soup, entree). I have noticed that drinking lots of juice and fruit/veg during the day is highly beneficial and doesn't weigh you down. Don't take this as "starving"--it isn't. Plus, in the higher stages, you can still eat other raw foods (like the salads, soups, lara bars etc--and on level 5 you eat toast with avocado for breakfast I believe). Level 1 or 2 isn't for everyone, and it doesn't have to be. Plus, you can eat chocolate and desserts...who can disagree with that?
Another thing I like is the concept of not counting calories, fat grams, etc. If you're eating healthy (as long as you're not overeating) it's unnecessary.
I wish there was more research to back-up her claims on soy being "poison". I like soy, and I only eat natural sources of it (not soy "meat" and whatnot) like tofu, edamame, etc. I have never had any problems with this, so I refuse to give up soy products. This diet definitely provides enough fat, carbs and vitamins--but what about protein? Green vegetables do have some, but there is no way you can get an adequate amount from plant foods (excluding legumes) and some raw goat cheese and the occasional piece of fish.
I would recommend this for anyone who's willing to give it a go, but make sure you get enough nutrients overall (the only concern should really be protein, though). And if you're trying to lose weight, you still should include some exercise (or at least for overall health). And don't listen to the claims of other reviewers--she does suggest finding the raw foods and products on her website, but you buy them from other sources (so she is NOT just trying to "make a profit" off of it). You can find juicers for pretty cheap, even really nice ones for a reasonable price. Give it a shot. She knows what she's talking about (for the most part) and gives good advice on how to live a better, healthier life overall....more info
not for everyone The Raw Food Detox Diet; While this book has a wealth of information it is useless for persons not living in LARGE metropolitan areas. The menu items are impossible to find in other areas. I live in rural Nevada, 140 from a city of any size. Could find none of the name brands mentioned or vegetables named in the book in my area. But do get it if you want a good reference guide to sensible eating....more info
Awesome! I found this book really helpful as a person who has transitioned from a Vegetarian to a Vegan to now a Raw Vegan over the past few months (you do not have to be a Vegetarian to follow this book). The details on food combining are great for weight loss and the green drinks are amazing, they will give you more energy than a double shot at Starbucks! Even if you are not interested in weightloss; the principles this book is founded upon will provide you with optimal health..If you are still eating processed, packaged, chemical laden, carcinogenic food, grab this book ASAP it will save your life. I am disgusted by the way I used to eat (and was thinking it was healthy..frozen meals, dead food..gross!). ...more info
The Raw Food Detox Diet Another "best" book ever. Great information to become the healthiest ever. I couldn't put it down. I also bought several copies to give to friends and family. Good health is everything. What good is money if you don't have your health?...more info
Buy this one first!!! Like you, I have been doing a lot of research on raw diets recently and because of this, I've bought a lot of books on the subject. This one by far is my favorite, I knew from reading just the first 3 pages that I found exactly what I've been searching for. Unlike others that have "no rules" and keep you busy dehydrating everything all day, Natalia Rose has a much different and better - in my opinion, approach. I love - LOVE the green lemonade, detox pizza and quesadillas - and that's only a few that I've tried so far! Everything in this book makes complete sense to me, one example of that is to start off incorporating raw foods to your diet slowly, it's okay to have a cooked dinner with your family. It's not as extreme as other books suggest. I'm also learning to buy healthier things such as sprouted breads, which my two children love to toast. It's just a much easier approach to not only raw foods, but a healthier life. Buy this one, you won't regret it! My only other suggestion is to check out the book, "The China Study". ...more info
Great Book -- Realistic Methods This is a very good book for someone interested in going All Raw or Mostly Raw, or even for someone interested in incorporating more raw foods into their diet. The recipes are easy to prepare and do not require a dehydrator and many may be made without any machines and you can improvise for the rest. Many books are very black and white and say that you must go all raw. But I found this book to be very inviting and useful. ...more info
Neat book I enjoyed many of the recipes and the advice in this book but found that the raw food diet is nearly impossible for me to keep up with. ...more info
An excellent 'how to' entry point. What I really enjoyed about this book is that it understands the key fact about most human beings - even with the best of intentions 100% is a hard thing.
That's where this book is ideal for people looking to transition to the raw food lifestyle. Because it does not ram 100% compliance down your throat it makes it an easier book to work with.
The way it is written is warm and friendly and encourages you to try more raw food in your diet while respecting where you are today.
A good all-round book for a wide audience. ...more info
Love it but no so sure how well it's working... I love Natalia's advice and recipes, but I'm really not so sure how well it is working for me. I'm eating around level 3, except I'm not having the green lemonade first thing in the morning as I need a new juicer. My digestive system is working the best it ever has, which is amazing, but I've been having stomach pains every day and have been very bloated the whole time. I was really hoping to lose weight on this plan but I am so bloated constantly that I am unsure what is going on. Did this happen to anyone else and did it go away? I love eating raw until dinner and I love how my digestive system is working, but I hate the bloating and the pains....more info
Awesome Book! I love this book and this "diet". I didn't get this book to go on a diet, but to eat in a healthier way. It was very interesting to read and learn about the way our bodies react to food. I do feel the difference in eating this way. I also like the fact that you don't just crash into this diet, there are five levels of eating this way so I started in one level and my husband actually joined in on his level because he liked it so much. We all agree that there is definitely a change in energy when you eat the raw food diet. I would suggest this book to anyone who wants to feel better overall! ...more info
Awesome Book- Highly Recommended! This book was instrumental in getting my raw food diet off the ground. She helped me understand why the foods I was eating were making me feel so bad and gain so much weight, and her 5-step process of changing to the diet made it really easy.
I really liked all of the recipes she had in the back of the book. I don't even like vegetables (weird choice of diet, I know) but a lot of the recipes made even ME love them!
While I know that a lot of people might want to do this for a short amount of time just to lose some weight or get healthy, once you've started it's really easy to do it for life.
Good luck!...more info
Already lost 2lbs! I got the book last week, read it, loved it, and am now beginning to LIVE it! I bought a juicer, eating more raw salads. I still eat a little chicken sometimes for dinner, but I'm overall feeling very healthy and have lost 2 pounds in 5 days without exercizing (other than normal walking here and there). I love the way the book is set up, it's easy to understand and not just another "diet" book. It's a lifestyle change for the better. I really do recommend you read this book if you are at all thinking about how to become a more healthy person! Enjoy....more info
Very Good Read I really enjoyed Natalia Rose's book on the raw food detox. It was very informative in regards to nutrition and how little nutrition is received with a "normal" diet. Somehow her approach to the "diet" and explanations about popular food/nutrition myths really rang true with me. I really liked that she was not a hard & fast "raw foodist" but gave a gradual progression to a raw food diet and left room for error, growth & personal preference. Many diets are not realistic and so a person loses interest, starts strong & gives up easily or does not even give it a try because they think "this way of life" is way out of their league. My plan was never to go completely raw food. I thought it would be a good way to start eating MORE healthy than I was and if I was only able to do it 50% of the time then that was still better than what I was consuming before. The author herself was a medium level raw foodist for several years before she made the transition on her own...that impressed me. This was a very real, very down to earth book that has a ton of great suggestions as well as easy recipes for everyday. I highly recommend & have recommended it already to several people I know. ...more info
Extremely prompt and perfect condition The book came right away and was in perfect condition. No problems whatsoever...more info
Informative An excellent foray into this lifestyle. A lot of information and goal setting for every level of participation, casual or full tilt, you can find recipies, product references and sources in here....more info
Goes against what all other dieticians say Natalia Rose has an unhealthy obsession with poo, plus she thinks you can gobble down tons of avocados and coconuts (both teaming with calories and fat) and still loose weight! She also wants you to skip breakfast--one of the key things every other dietitian tells you NOT to do! This "diet" left me feeling light-headed and nauseous. I need real food, not juice and water. This book is for crazy people. ...more info
A Down to Earth Perspective on Eating Healthy & Weight Loss I have been on a search for information about eating healthfully as well as the best way to lose weight. I had 40 extra pounds to lose and the more I read the more I realized I did NOT want to sign up for some fad diet. I was interested in something for the long term: long term weight loss and long term health benefits. This is it!
I am actually on Natalia's Detox For Women program right now, I'm halfway through week two and I am already 8 pounds lighter. After I finish the detox (two weeks left) I will transition back to the guidelines outlined in this book and I know it will be great.
Her food choices make sense. The main idea behind it all is proper food combining. It's not about going completely raw, it's about moderation and healthy sensible choices.
I would definitely reccomend this book to anyone looking to start their journey towards sustained weight loss and vibrant health. ...more info
AWESOME BOOK! This book is a great read. It is full of information. This Author is so realistic and down to earth. She gives you a wealth of information but also understands that everybody is at different places in life and it doesn't have to be "All" or "Nothing". I would highly recommend this book even if you don't want to "go raw".
Where's the Science? (Subbed with Splenda) I read this book a week ago and have mostly forgotten all the aggravations, but I what I remember most is my desire to tear it up and throw it against the wall. Rose made up a diet for herself that works, and now she is telling the whole world to do the same thing.
There are a couple of positives (that don't make the book worth buying): It is true that starting the day with a green lemonade such as the one in her book is extremely healthy (or to get greens and green juices into the body daily, at any time, something she does NOT mention). Also, her attempt to list recipes that don't require purchasing whole new sets of tools and dehydrators is admirable, although I personally find most of the recipes uninspired and uninteresting, as well as unappealing to lots of children, despite her claims.
The things that stand out the most are these: Her intricate food-combining rules exclude wine and coffee, which are considered "neutral." She claims the body processes alcohol as fat, but somehow it's okay to have it with any meal with no regard to her strict combination rules. (Hmm, you think it's because she likes to have wine herself, something she mentions more than once?) I believe salad dressings were neutral, too, but that also doesn't make sense when compared with her food-combining rules. Here's a good explanation, though: SHE'S NOT A SCIENTIST! She has no degree in any kind of nutrition- or science-related anything. She's a "nutritionist," which in most states means taking some correspondence classes or simply calling oneself a nutritionist. If you want to know what to eat, ask someone with a nutrition or food science degree, or RD. (But don't ask an MD, either; they get about 6-12 hours of nutrition training in all of med school.)
The single-most-alarming issue is her advocacy for Splenda (aka sucralose), which is included in many of her recipes. Any real nutritionist would know that sugar is better for you. This should discredit her entirely, and her publisher should have responsibly rejected this book.
--MS/RD student, SF
P.S. If you are looking for a DIET, check out The False Fat Diet. If you are looking for a good raw food recipe book, go for Living Cuisine, for complex and wonderful, or Raw Food for Busy People, for less inspired and less tasty but very simple....more info