You know what's funny? I have recommended this book to a ton of people and just realized I never shared it with all of you! That's right, a fabulous, helpful, inspiring book and nary a word from me about it. What was I thinking?
Seven months ago when I became Raw I just jumped in with both feet never looking back. Turns out that may not be the best method. From all I've read, slow and steady wins the race here. Not that eating a Raw Vegan diet full of fruits and veggies is bad, it's just that too much of a good thing can be, well, too much of a good thing. For the first 3-4 months on eating Raw I was having serious digestion problems. I was thinking, hey, I didn't start eating this way to make my digestion worse! Turns out going 100% Raw overnight can wreak havoc on your insides. The overload of toxins trying to get out kind of makes a traffic jam in your body.
I couldn't figure out what was going on so in June when we went on our family vacation, I read "The Raw Food Detox Diet" by Natalia Rose. Wow! I couldn't put it down! It totally made sense to me and really recharged me to stick with my Raw lifestyle and ride the wave. I wish I had had this book months before so the distance between point A and point B wasn't so long. The most important part for me was to realize that this isn't a "diet" it's a lifestyle, forever.
For those of you thinking, "Hey, I don't want to be Raw!", don't worry with this book you don't have to be. There are five stages to Raw laid out in the book and you can stop at any of these five stages and stay indefinitely. She even includes fish and some raw dairy products in the first stage for those of you who would miss it.
Natalia really goes over how food works in your body, what digests easiest and why you want to concentrate on "fast exit" foods. The information about how my body functions optimally is what has really helped me. I now focus on what I AM eating as opposed to what I'm NOT eating. It changes your perspective for sure!
There are tips for eating out, traveling, holiday ideas, eating at work and eating this way on a limited budget. She also includes a ton of recipes for each stage and as you move along you can intermingle these recipes or just keep moving up the ladder to 100% Raw.
If you want to have more energy for life and your workouts, this book will do it for you! It's clean eating kicked up! I've noticed my body prefers getting it's protein from whole, unprocessed, natural foods over meats and protein shakes to build muscle. I have more muscle now than I ever did eating a ton of protein in the form of scrambled egg whites and chicken. Also, my food digests so fast I'm ready to give it more nutritious raw foods in no time!
If you're interested in the book but don't quite know if it's for you or not just go check it out at the library first and if you like it, buy it! I know you will love it as much as I did. It just makes sense!
Click HERE for an excerpt.