Thursday, August 19, 2010

BOOK REVIEW: The Raw Food Detox Diet by Natalia Rose

Best Blogger Tips  The Raw Food Detox Diet: The Five-Step Plan for Vibrant Health and Maximum Weight Loss

By Natalia Rose, author of Detox for Women (2010), Raw Food Life Force Energy (2008), and The New Energy Body (2007).  

Pages:  288
Publisher:  Harper
Genre:  Non-Fiction
Topics covered: Raw food and recipes, Detox, Healthy Living, Vegan

Since more than 70 million adults in the U. S. are obese, books about losing weight should be popular.  This book, however is different.  In addition to discussing how to quickly lose weight and keep it off without deliberate exercise, counting calories, carbs, or grams of fat, Natalia Rose also promises liberal amounts of satisfying foods, and possible improvements in other areas of your life.  

In the beginning, Rose addresses myths of raw food, such as needing to go 100% raw right away to see results.  She reassures readers that sprouting, dehydrating, and soaking are not absolutely necessary, nor is becoming a "health nut."

This book is divided into five parts:  an introduction to the raw food diet, menus, recipes, real-life scenarios, and revelations of the "aspiring raw foodist."  Rose breaks down the raw food diet into five steps which include avoiding toxic foods, eating in quick-exit combinations, flooding the body with live enzymes, detoxing and elimination, and categorizing the reader's diet into one of five levels. The next section lists sample menus for each level, starting with someone who typically eats fast food, as the reader works his or her way to a primarily raw diet.  Recipes follow the menus, including the essential appliances needed by an aspiring raw foodist.  "Real life" scenarios provide the reader with solutions to common problems as he or she transitions to a healthier diet.  The final section of this book is devoted to "revelations" of the raw foodist, clarifying topics addressed earlier and focusing on applying principles to ensure optimum effectiveness.  The book also includes an appendix with resources on raw products, raw restaurants, shops, and stores.  

This book has provided me with a great road map to becoming a raw foodist. After reading it, I began referring to myself as an "aspiring raw foodist," on my way, but not quite there yet.  I also appreciate Rose's suggestion to transition to a raw food diet, instead of extreme changes in diet which can often lead to failure.  I have lost weight while applying these principles to my life.  Most importantly for me, however, is even when I'm eating unhealthy foods, I always try to balance them with raw foods.  Most of the recipes in this book are easy to make, although I sometimes have difficulty finding all of the ingredients here in the rural Midwest.  I have adapted her "green lemonade" recipe into a refreshing smoothie that I drink every day.  

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to lose weight, increase energy and stamina, prevent illness, and have a clearer complexion.  It can be a great resource for someone who is interested in raw foods and natural health and wellness.  

Natalia Rose works with some of the world's most health- and body-conscious men and women. Her private practice is in the heart of midtown Manhattan, where she is sought after by a wide variety of clients, including models, actors, socialites, and media personalities. She has been in private practice for more than ten years and has also served as the nutrition director for the Elizabeth Arden Spa on Fifth Avenue and the Frederic Fekkai salons and spas. []

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