Conscious Eating has been referred to as the "Bible of Vegetarians," for both beginners and advanced students of health. This classic work in the field of live-food nutrition is an inspirational journey and a manual for life. Included is new information on enzymes, vegetarian nutrition for pregnancy, and an innovative international 14-day menu of gourmet, Kosher, vegetarian, live-food cuisine, plus 150 recipes.
So much energy I could fly! This is the best book on health I have ever read! It is very well researched; discusses and compares many different cultures and historical writings about health. I am completely inspired by it and re read pages from it very often for inspiration. I love the way it is written and feel passionately about what I learned from it. Conscious Eating is not only good for each of us and our health, but for our environment. It should be required reading for everyone. Dr Gabriel Cousens is brilliant and generous with his wisdom, visionary in the scope of his ideas!
I have been eating a raw food diet for 3 years now and have so much energy I feel like I can almost fly!
changed my life - wish I had stuck with it this, along with essence by a.h. almaas, living in the mountains near a lake, meditating, listening to meditation inducing cassette tapes, hiking in a beautiful place, working from home and learning and loving my job, all helped me cure anxiety. I went from panic attacks to blissful gratefulness, the most sublime state of being....more info
Conscious Eating This book was in excellent condition when it arrived and I received it in a very timely manner. Thank you....more info
Useful information Gabriel Cousens is a trained physician who operates the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in Arizona. I remember reading the first edition of "Conscious Eating" years ago. It was one of the first vegetarian books I read, and one that influenced me deeply. Gabriel explores food and its relation to health taking in consideration its effects on different levels: physical, mental, and spiritual, as well as each person's individuality. Gabriel Cousens tries to "Individualize the Diet" instead of saying that there is one diet ideal for everyone. I was more enthusiastic about these ideas when I first revised this book, but now I am not so impressed by all these theories anymore. Dr. Cousens has adapted the Indian health system of Ayurveda to vegan, raw food nutrition. The chapter on vitamin B-12 will be of great interest to all vegans and raw-foodists. Doubts about a vegetarian diets are dispelled. The part on Vegetarianism in world religions, and also the vegetarianism of Jesus are also fascinating chapters included in this part of the book. Part three is titled: "Transition to Vegetarianism," but is also about transition to living foods and the reasons behind such a diet. Gabriel outlines the best way to make this transition as easy as possible. The transition is in four stages, from a meat and dairy based diet to a vegan, raw food diet. The final stage of 95% living foods, a difficult step for most people that can be made easier understanding the psychology behind it. "Stage Four diet is more intense and more likely to be successful for those who are mature and balanced in all areas of their lives. For most people, it requires several years of experience and self-experimentation to become balanced and grounded with the full life-force power of this diet." Other chapters of interest in this part include information on pesticides in our food, and a list of the most sprayed fruits and vegetables. The book also contain many raw-food recipes....more info
The Bible of Raw Foodism If you have read some more concise raw food books then you are ready for this one. This work is intensely in depth from the simple reasons of eating raw all the way to the meticulously detailed biological and spiritual reasons as well. No fact on the subject has been left out. You will get your money's worth with this one and feel like you graduated from Raw Foodist's University when you're finished! A true, honest work by the AMAZINGLY intelligent Dr.Cousens!...more info
I recommend this book to everybody... Dr. Cousens has done pioneering work in creating this precious, easy to read, wisdom-filled book. As a medical doctor, he represents the new breed of physician that will help our society and world achieve high level wellness. Unlike other limited conceptions of health, he keeps the highest goal of life in mind--communion with the Divine. I love him for sharing this message with us.--Eliot Jay Rosen, LISW, author of Experiencing the Soul...more info
Book Review of Conscious Eating This book was delivered in a timely manner with two other books I had ordered, arriving sooner than I expected. Because I have only glanced at the book I cannot provide a knowledgeable book review; however, my cursory review suggests that the book contains much about improving health by observing conscious eating, which is mentioned in Cousens next book, Rainbow Green, Raw Food Cuisine. I am interested in pursuing the recipes also included in the text....more info
ridiculouly complex and pretentious Strangely Frederic Patenaude gives this book a nice review--
however his book :
"The Raw Secrets: The Raw Vegan Diet in the Real World (Paperback) "
ISBN: 0973093005 , is vastly superior if you are interested in Raw Food diet and want to make it work for yourself...
Gabriel's book actually has some rather poor advice as well as hundreds of pages filled with pointless complex systems.
But to actually evalute Raw food diet you must try it. Too many book reviews here are full of folks arguing why they like or don't like it-theoretically...if you want to try it Frederic's book at one quarter the length will tell you all you need to know...and then you will know from the inside out how much better you can feel.......more info
Eye opening for Standard American Diet consumers As a Naturopathic physician one of the first issues I discuss with people is diet. What we eat is our life's fuel. I don't give the same advice over and over, because we are unique individuals who require unique diets. There is no "One Way" that is best for everyone. However, much of what Dr. Cousens writes about in his book would benefit all of us. Not only does he delve into detailed explainations of why raw vegan foods are healthier choices, but he backs it up with the most recent research available. Then he goes to great lengths explaining how simply bringing one's consciousness to the table can shift how that food is "taken in" by the body. As one who has both professionally and personally experimented with many types of diets, I find his writing to be a lovely blend of passion and science. By incorporating just a little of what Dr. Cousens recommends into your life, you will enhance your spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being whether or not you ever become vegetarian. ...more info
The best book on vegetarian nutrition Everyone should know the facts in this book and then decide. Especially loved the recipes!...more info
An insightful, fact-filled, "user friendly" guide Written by holistic medical doctor, psychiatrist, family therapist, and licensed homeopathic physician Gabriel Cousens, Conscious Eating is a health-centered eating and nutrition guide that carefully walks readers through individualizing their individual food choices based upon the needs of their bodies (including the option of vegetarianism and making the sometimes difficult transition to a vegetarian diet), as well as numerous and invaluable "tips, tricks, and techniques" with respect to food preparation, and so much more, Conscious Eating is an insightful, fact-filled, "user friendly" guide to improving dietary habits straight away. A number of healthy recipes embellish this worthy 850-page reference, yet its primary focus is information accessible to non-specialist general readers concerning overall nutritional improvement rather than just another compendium of specific dishes....more info
Terrific and practical dietary wisdom Dr. Cousens book is filed to the brim with lots of quality info on eating and living a good, pure, spiritual life. There is a great deal to absorb in this book. Highly recommended....more info
Conscious Eating is the Best of the Best This book contains an incredible wealth of information on how to heal minor to major disorders, greatly improve your health and happiness, and I expect greatly extend one's life span using diet and nutrition.
This book is far more than a comprehensive nutritional guide, it is a blend of ayervedic medicine, spirituality, theology, philosophy, ancient wisdom, and natural healthcare, blended with reams of the latest scientific data from pioneers in the medical establishment.
ALL life is sacred . . . Hmmm, don't eat anything with a face? The arrogance in that is astounding...so the way it works is, we gotta face, so since we're above EVERYTHING, anything that looks kinda like us must be worthy of life. Geeez. Aren't there beautiful ocean creatures that don't have a face...okay to eat them? I've noticed how plants will move toward the sun...I guess that's just a quirk, guess it doesn't really mean they have consciousness or have a strong desire to live... I s'pose whatever higher being planned all this was kinda off the mark 'cause he/she made the boo-boo of having animals eat animals. That couldn't possibly be "right." Um, yeah...
Native Americans knew...ALL life is sacred. They thanked those animal beings whose lives were sacrificed for their nourishment, for their survival. They respected ALL life. We are not above animals, we are part of the animal kingdom. We are part of this PERFECT system called Nature. It is twisted thinking like "eat nothing with a face" that reeks of a sense of superiority (and judgment) that is most unwarranted.
It isn't about not eating them, it's about respecting them, eating them (or not) as we personally intuit for our own health in a healthy way (not all day, everyday...) Not locking them in cages where they can't move, not torturing them in labs, not reveling in the "sport" of killing them, not poisoning them with drugs to make them fatter or whatever...allow them to live in peace and when we must take them for our nourishment, do it in a humane way...animals die, people die...such is the nature of this existence. Death is but a doorway for all life, and it's essential for the continuation of life on this planet.
Believe it or not, I've been both vegetarian and vegan, because I adore animals. But I could not have been more unhealthy on those types of diets, and I find it sad that the majority of vegetarians I've come across rarely look robust and healthy. They are generally pale and thin, even Linda McCartney died of breast cancer. I'm not saying it's because she didn't eat meat, but her diet certainly didn't save her from that vicious disease. Vegetarianism is definitely not for everyone, and my guess is that if it's healthy for anyone, they are in the minority....more info
Totally changed my perspective on food I bought this book because I wanted to become a better vegetarian/vegan and gain a healthier attitude toward self-nourishing (without giving up coffee and chocolate!). I found the analysis sections extremely eye-opening, and learned that the high-carb vegan diet I was having such trouble sticking to is not at all suited to my body/metabolism. I've made some real shifts in my diet based on this book, especially including both more protein and more raw foods, and have a lot more focus and energy now.
I highly recommend this book, especially for people who want to move further toward or into vegetarianism. It will help a lot with that transition and guide you to finetuning what you eat to suit your metabolic needs. It will also change your perspective and understanding of food and how it affects mind, body, and spirit.
Unfortunately, some of the information is a little confusing: I couldn't always figure out how to apply or use what I'd learned. And while I personally agree about the spiritual dimensions of diet, others may find that focus (especially in the beginning of the book) a little too strong. I think Dr. Cousens would have done better to shift that focus to the second half, so he could gradually build up to it....more info
Ayurvedic nutrition I am a student of Ayurvedic medicine and particularly passionate about Ayurvedic nutrition. I just wanted to point out to all readers and potential readers of this book that Ayurveda does NOT support the eating of raw foods as the majority of your diet. It encourages all constitutions to eat a majority of cooked food, because it is easier to digest and helps to support healthy agni (digestive fire). Ayurveda is also a very strong supporter of drinking cows milk, providing it is organic, unhomogenised, and appropriately prepared (cooked with spices). In fact, drinking milk is one of the keys to health and happiness in Ayurveda - milk is the one food that directly nourishes shukra dhatu (reproductive tissue) and therefore directly nourishes the immune system. Ghee (clarified butter) is also a very important food in Ayurveda. Ayurveda only supports vegan diets for certain constitutions or conditions, usually for limited amounts of time. Ayurveda also supports the eating of meat in certain conditions and by some constitutions, providing again that it is appropriately prepared. If you really want to improve your diet and ensure it is appropriate for your prakruti (constitution) and vikriti (current imbalances), go and visit your local Ayurvedic practitioner! ...more info
The Real Deal There's lots of "stuff" out there on nutrition, but few have integrated the scientific and spiritual aspects of food as deftly as Mr. Cousens. No text is more comprehensive and informative. The distinguishing aspect of this book is its approach, which is anti-dogmatic. Cousens provides a template and encourages the reader to apply it in understanding the effects of food on her individual body. Anyone serious about nutrition, food toxcity, weight loss, and harmonizing with nature will find this book a must....more info
Propaganda with a side of nutz This book is a waste of time
The book starts out regurgitating Ayurvedic and Metabolic Typing theories. Both of which recognize that there are many different types of people and no one diet is good for everyone. "One mans food is another mans poison" However Mr. Cousens gets so far into his pro vegetarian propaganda that one has to conclude eating a vegetarian diet is the only way to eat. Which is contrary to the Ayurvedic and Metabolic systems that recognize each person is unique.
In this book Gabriele Cousens claims that everyone should switch to an all-vegetarian diet regardless of who are you or where you live. And in doing so you will train your body to more efficiently utilize the food you eat and also require less food since your body is more efficient in using it. Once you switch to a vegetarian diet you will enjoy more energy, rid yourself of cancer and other diseases that plague flesh eaters and become closer with the divine. Only vegetarians are able to reach a certain level with the divine, flesh eaters have no chance.
In our modern society, everyone could do with eating more vegetables, and stay away from non-organic meats, but suggesting that every single person on earth should eat only a vegetarian diet is ridiculous. If you want to hear very biased pro vegetarian propaganda then this book is for you. Otherwise save your money.
Don't eat anything with a face Since I became a vegetarian 12 years ago, my health has greatly improved. And no animal had to die a horrible death in a slaughterhouse to feed me. The reviewers who rate this book with one star only are obviously meat-eaters who are feeling a bit defensive....more info
The raw food bible from A to Z I've been a vegan for about 4 months and a raw foodist for about 1 week. "Conscious Eating" answers any question you have or may have on this lifestyle. The book is a great education tool for the reader. I trust my intuition and I started the vegan lifestyle due to the way I felt after completing 3 weeks of bowel cleansing, liver detoxing and kidney detoxing. During that time I eliminated chicken and fish from my diet and cooked foods. I've always been sensitive to the reaction of anything I ingested. After the 3 week I felt so much better I decided to reframe from chicken & fish and continue with the vegan lifestyle. I continued to eat about 5% cooked and 95% raw. I noticed that previous aches,pains and joint inflamations were no longer there. My body feels alive. My skin had a vibrant glow and I started dropping a few pounds. The mental clarity and the inner connection is just amazing.
When an acquaintance recommended the book and I started reading, I became clearer on what caused the changes and why I felt so good. This was my confirmation that one's intuition will lead you in the right direction if you allow it.
I love the gourmet recipes in the back of the book as well as the 14 day menu plan. He also gives information on the resort in Arizona that I plan on visiting one day soon.
If you live in Los Angeles, you must connect with Juliano's raw food dinner group, in Santa Monica. His gourmet meals prove that raw food is with out a doubt the best tasting food on the planet. He also has a book called "Raw - the uncooked." These books are sensational & amazing. Do yourself a favor and buy both of these books and start really living!...more info
good tackle I've had this book for a few years and regularly refer to it. After reading the reviews I decided to post.
First of all, I think this book would be difficult to swallow if you don't have raw food experience. Primarily because this book is about adjusting the dials. Most of us have little knowledge of how our own unique bodies function, or what's required to funciton optimally. Conversely, one may have a lot of knowledge about the body, but experience trumps info. Apply what you know to your own body and see how much it bears out in experience. It is then we realize that much of our knowledge is theoretical, no matter how sound, and doesn't necessarily bear out in reality.
This book, then, is a manual for the experience of one's own body and is based on decades of experience, study and practice with hundreds of people. The information is astoundingly refined. If you are just begining raw not only will the information be too complex, it won't be all that relevant - even though it's good. It's important to have refined information when you need refined information and to have more general information when you need that.
I say take what's useful and stay raw. Keep the book as a resource. Don't make up your mind in one or two reads. You'll come back again and again and gain new insight or new perspective. This book will grow with you.
On a personal note: I often hear or read comments about Dr. Cousens' arrogance or that he's condescending. I'm not a "fan" but I do respect his work. He has an educational background that is astounding, a spiritual background that is shockingly diverse, feeds people, houses people, heals people, educates people and is utterly commited to helping save our planet. Dr. Cousens couldn't be self-serving or self-absorbed - or he wouldn't be willing/able to do the huge amount of work he does, tirelessy, for others. (there are MUCH easier ways to stroke one's ego) I think it's important to view him in the context of his work and his life to gain an understanding of his language and tone. Plus, he's human. Just please don't throw out the baby with the bathwater. This really is a great book. ...more info
Often Recommended Conscious Eating was required reading for me when I was studying for my Bachelors Degree in Holistic Nutrition. Up until that time I had never heard of the book or the author. How grateful I am in retrospect that this was a book I studied. The approach taken is varied and diverse. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on Enzymes and the importance of maintaining a proper pH. The information in these chapters has influenced several nutritional supplement products that I have had the privilege to formulate (Enzymedica). Of special interest to me was the research the author did through his clinic on vegetarian and non vegetarian diets and the surprising results he discovered when measuring the individuals pH. It was not what I expected and so it has given me greater insight on the topic.
I always recommend this book to individuals looking for an well balanced approach to overall health.
If you like this book, you might also enjoy:
Everything You Need to Know About Enzymes: A Simple Guide to Using Enzymes to Treat Everything from Digestive Problems and Allergies to Migraines and Arthritis...more info
More palatable without the religious sections.... I have read this book and the Rainbow Diet (same author), and I wish he would put just the recipes and menus from both books into one book, then I'd buy it. The recipes sound varied and interesting, although most involve a LOT of work (the same or more than regular cooking) and/or expensive equipment.
I don't know what purpose the religious sections served, other than to perhaps attempt to spread the author's beliefs (and they will probably annoy some Christians). They don't do a lot as far as arguing for vegetarianism per se--some of the scientific arguments are far more compelling.
However, what did bother me is that while he promotes eating a "natural" vegetarian diet, more in line with how our ancestors lived, he sure has made it complicated to do so. Expensive juicers, food processors, and dehydrators are necessary with this method, along with out-of-season foods, and definitely out-of-your-local-area foods.
Were the ancients farming spirulina? Doubt it. Were they juicing, sprouting, and dehydrating foods at a precise temperature? Doubt it. Were those living inland eating coconuts and other tropical foods on a regular basis? Doubt it. Why not just eat local foods within season (or sun-dried out of season)--right off the tree or the plant as the case may be?
I was surprised that his book did not have any references to growing your own fruits and veggies at home. That would be the best way to make sure they were fresh, as well as pesticide-free.
Bottom line, the recipes have potential, if you have the time and money to do them. If the author stuck to the arguments about vegetarians damaging the planet less than meat-eaters, it would have been fine (although since much of that came from Diet for a New America by John Robbins, you may as well read that book instead) as an argument for vegetarianism.
Because this book didn't have any footnotes, it is very difficult to check the references, especially in the religious sections, even though there is an extensive bibliography.
Borrow from your library before buying--imho about half the book falls under the category of "interesting to read, ONCE", which makes this a very expensive book to take up space on a shelf....more info
Conscious Eating The old saying "you are what you eat" rings true. This book is highly recommended for anyone who EATS, as it brings greater awareness to what we are putting into our body temple when we have a meal or snack. Included are tasty recipes along with much valuable information. Also highly recommended would be Spiritual Nutrition by Gabriel Cousens. ...more info
Excellent Vegatarion Source I picked up this book because I wanted to eat better and the name Concious Eating seemed appealing...I didn't realize the book would completely change the way I view food and the way I would eat (it's a big eye opener). I have been a vegatarin since I read the book (1 1/2 yr) and am very grateful for the education this book has brought to me. Paavo Airola (referenced in this book) is also a great source if you're considering being a vegatarian....more info
"Eat To Live, Don't Live To Eat." Gabriel is more than a nutritional expert he is a holistic Healer. If one were to read AND study this book seriously, one could revolutionize their life. Gabriel is in some ways the Grandfather of the Raw food movement and this is it's BIBLE. He provides a spiritual context that is all too often lacking in the Raw movement. There ara quite a few holier than thou, head in the clouds types roving around today. Gabe's spiritual perspective cuts through such nonsense. Unlike David wolfe (for all his energetic brilliance, gabriel brings years of experience as a hardcore spiritual practice (This guy is an amazing over achiever, he is an excellent psychiatrist and radical nutritional expert. Blah blah blah. This book is excellent, beyond excellent. With this book and david Wolfe's , you will have all the info you need for years to come....more info
Good Book I've come across a few good books that relate to diet and this one has a bit of all of them. Very well put with some opinionism in it. Many of the principles in this book come from other books I've run across and some look new. Worth the money in my opinion.
It is good to see that the author explains simply the need for PH balance in our bodies. Some of the lists of food pH look familiar to the ones I've found in "Correlative Urinalysis" by MT Morter (C)1987. and "Your Health Your Choice" (C)1992. In these books it tells you "why" animal protein is not good for you and "why" we need to eat vegetable protein to balance sodium levels in our blood to maintain a 7.4 pH with proper diet and also the consequences for not.
Dr. Morters analysis of the need for a PH balanced diet to stave of major disease's 20 years from the time you decide to eat right, and to keep your blood PH balanced with your diet for more energy now .. ATP steps well with this book Gabriel Cousins "Conscious Eating" (C)2000.
"Eat right for your blood type" is another good book that I've read and has some pretty good points as to your blood type being all essential to what you should eat. Blood type can be traced back several generations to the vegetations that your ancestors ate in BF Egypt while passing their blood type on to you. Very good also.
Conscious Eating is a sensible book with a lot of good explanations. In my library it goes well with the above books.
The bottom line is all of these books promote vegetarian diets for the most part. I for one HATE cooked veggies. But have found that juicing them is palatable to me. Lots of good info on the net for these.
The authors choice of a great juicer, The champion is a bit outdated.
If your looking for a juicer check out the Omega line or something similar with "slow moving parts" that crush or "masticate" the vegetables, AND ARE EASY TO CLEAN! I use mine every morning and it's a snap to clean and the juice comes out with very little froth. Maybe champion has a better one now, my research is early 2006. If your a millionaire and can afford a Norwalk press, get one. I don't sell these.
Digest this book!! In a world that is becoming so conscious of the word conscious I am glad that Dr. Cousens got to this title first. This book is wonderful. It is filled with many truths about many different things mostly to do with food, digestion, and health. This book is also very powerful for it enlightens and empowers poeple. It empowers people to challenge their own diets, and to see what the perfect diet is for humans. It gives you a lot of support in getting there to or atleast keeping your eyes on the goal. Dr. Cousens fills this book with lots of interesting points and observations. It is perfect for all people interested in the human diet. It is perfect for all raw foodists both strict and loose as well as anybody even interested in the Raw foods movement or philosophy. This book can be enjoyed in many ways. You could simply flip around with, and read here and there or to study. It is also a very interesting, and fullfilling read for Vegetarians, and vegans as well as anyone interested in Vegetarianism. I especially enjoyed the Chapters that point to vegetarianism in each of the World's largest religions. I really enjoyed the speculation about Jesus and his links to Vegetarianism as well as Christianity in total. I found the book worth the price for these chapters alone. I should mention also that I am a Raw foodist Vegan with about 80% of my diet being Raw. I enjoy the recipes in this book as well as the guidance in preparation and storage. I was only a Vegan when I stumbled up on this book and after studying it for a while I decided to give it a try and with the nice results that I felt I decided that it was true and to keep with it. I loan this book out a lot and I find that various different types of poeple find it equally interesting and informitive. There is something in this book for everyone from the guilty meat eater to the hard core vegan raw foodist. I enjoy having this book around to look through and to reference with. This is without a doubt the best book that I have read on nutrition, and diet not to mention Raw foods as well....more info
a few small problems and one very BIG problem; otherwise... i'm studying to be a naturopathic doctor and this was a required text.
i was already vegan when i read this book and i was considering moving to a raw-food diet. this book did further convince me of that choice, and my family is transitioning now.
however, i did have a few problems with the book. they are certainly easy enough to gloss over in favor of the solid knowledge that it does in fact contain, but they were there nonetheless.
first of all, there was one GLARING error in his discussion of breastfeeding toward the end of the book. he says that the two circumstances under which a woman should not breastfeed are in the case of certain medically-necessary medications, and if the baby is jaundiced. sadly, cousens is extremely misinformed about jaundice and gives very bad, completely false information in this case. i was a student midwife for three years and i am a certified lactation educator now. if a baby has jaundice two things are most important to help it pass: to expose the baby to natural light and to NURSE NURSE NURSE. fluid will help the bilirubin pass faster and if a baby is given water or formula instead, it can cause health problems and interfere with breastfeeding. one potential problem resulting from jaundice is lethargy. if jaundice isn't caught early and breastfeeding isn't established well, then serious problems can occur because the baby is not awake enough to take in the necessary fluid to help the bilirubin pass. as a result, jaundice may persist and bilirubin levels may raise to dangerous levels. this is why it is of paramount importance that breastfeeding is established early and babies are breastfed exclusively, on-demand from birth. breastmilk is absolutely the best healer for jaundice; if breastfeeding is not established and the baby is deprived of the breast, jaundice is much more likely to occur and to persist to a critical level. while every breastfeeding expert and supportive organization in the world says that breastfeeding is the best thing you can do to prevent and correct jaundice, cousens claims that breastmilk contains "substances" that supposedly prevent bilirubin from passing. but he doesn't say what these substances are, and he gives no references, and i have not been able to find a single piece of scientific literature supporting his assertion. universally, the fact stated by experts is that except in the case of a few extremely rare metabolic diseases, breastfeeding can and should continue when a baby is jaundiced. please overlook cousens' inaccuracy and look to your midwife, lactation consultant, LLL leader, or BREASTFEEDING-FRIENDLY doctor for more accurate information if your baby is jaundiced.
with that long diatribe aside... :)
i found some of his spiritual commentary off-putting. as a casual pagan who is vegan in part due to spiritual reasons, i am certainly open to considerations of spirituality in diet, and i consider myself very tolerant of religious beliefs. but in this case i found most of his comments irrelevent and even somewhat nonsensical. again, this is easy enough to overlook, but it might be a serious bother to some people. the sections on jesus, the apostles, and the bible, while interesting, were especially confusing in context.
this book is dense with intense information. it is really a scholarly work and was quite difficult for me to get through in a timely manner with a toddler and a newborn. but i did come away with a ton of really excellent insight and understanding. some parts i discarded, but other parts i found surprisingly enlightening. i went in very skeptical about the ayurvedic diet system that he describes, but i was amazed at how specifically true, and positive, it ended up being when i adjusted my eating habits to fit his recommendations for my "dosha."
i didn't feel that the book was laid out very well. i felt that many chapters were stuck in at random. and i found a lot of his commentary saccharine and condescending - such as looking at food as "love messages from god." gag.
he also plugs his own health resort regularly, which is a great option for the rich who have money to burn on such luxuries.
i was also thoroughly disappointed that he didn't have any advice whatsoever for applying a live/raw-food diet to babies or children.
i did find the book basically informative and enlightening and i found most of his principles easy to apply, despite the aforementioned problems.
A Brilliant Combination of different Sciences of Health This book is one of the best health books I've ever read, no question about it. It combines pretty much every diet fad you've ever heard about into a raw, living food diet.
In this book, Cousens teaches us how to follow the Ayurvedic principles through a 80-90% raw food diet. He also teaches us how to individualize our diets for our metabolic body types. This is one of the only books I know that teaches how to individualize diet for a vegetarian.
The book covers religion, meditation, toxins in our environment, and has a nice living foods recipe section in the back of the book. The nice thing about it, is that with the recipes, he doesn't try to offer dishes that are similiar to those which are cooked. I see a lot of vegetarian recipe books doing that. "Try our delicious all vegan pizza!" and of course, it tastes no better than a branch off of the Maple tree in my back yard. These recipes offer new tastes.
I like a particular section in the book where Cousens tries to explain the logic behind why people think he looks much more unhealthy now than when he did when he was a bulky college football player. We live in such an obesce society, that someone of a healthy weight appears too slim, or unhealthy. Because Cousens doesn't have a pot belly, and sagging male breasts, many people say he looks "thin and puny". This book teaches us that through living foods, we can sculpt and shape our bodies pretty much any way we'd like. He chooses not to be muscular anymore, because he feels he has no need for 30 extra pounds of muscle. Steven Arlin on the other hand, is 230 lbs, and likes to feel big and strong.
All in all, this book takes you on a journey through the fascinating world of raw, living foods. It could change your way of thinking....more info