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Living Foods for Optimum Health: Your Complete Guide to the Healing Power of Raw Foods [Kindle Edition]

Theresa Foy Digeronimo , Brian R. Clement
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Book Description

Did you know that what you eat could be making you sick? It's true. Some foods clog your body with energy-depleting fats, toxins, and chemicals. Where can you find the optimum nourishment your body needs to stay strong, healthy, and vigorous? For millions of people, the answer is in the health and healing properties of living foods—foods that are eaten raw and produced without dangerous, nutrient-robbing chemicals or additives.

For more than forty years, the Hippocrates Health Institute has been teaching people how to cleanse and heal their bodies with naturally potent living foods. In this book, the first-ever sponsored by the Institute, authors Brian R. Clement and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo explain why living foods are vital to good health and offer a sensible plan for making the switch to a living foods diet.

With step-by-step instructions, lifestyle suggestions, and more than 100 healthful, delicious recipes, Living Foods for Optimum Health provides everything you need to take control of your health and well-being.

"An important and eminently readable book for the new era of self-care."

—Marilyn Diamond, co-author of Fit for Life

"A landmark guide to the essentials of healthy living."

—From the foreword by Coretta Scott King

"This book will open the way to a healthier and happier millennium."

—Helen Nearing, author of Living the Good Life and mother of the Back to Earth Movement

"Living food will change your life."

—Kenny Loggins, musician and composer

"The way to optimum health is more natural food. Thanks, Brian, for leading the way."

—Edgar Mitchell, Sc.D., Apollo Astronaut and founder of The Institute of Noetic Sciences

About the Authors

Brian R. Clement
, a leader in natural health and healing, is director of the Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida, and founding director of the Coalition of Holistic Health.

Theresa Foy DiGeronimo is adjunct professor of English at The William Patterson College of New Jersey and author of numerous books, including The Natural Way of Healing Chronic Pain.

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This book advocates a diet primarily of "fresh, organic, uncooked, unrefined foods that provide the body with everything it needs to stay strong, healthy, and vigorous." Switching to this diet of "living" foods can be a big step for the millions of fast-food addicts out there, but the long-term health benefits--cancer prevention, weight loss, increased longevity and energy--are more desirable than a measly paper bag of salty fries.

Written in conjunction with the Hippocrates Health Institute in Florida, which has been known to help cancer patients into remission through diet, this book takes a slightly scare-tactic approach, citing a few too many frightening health statistics ("1 in 3 Americans alive today will develop cancer"). However, its intentions are spot-on. To make the transition to the Institute's recommended diet (75 percent raw fruits and vegetables and 25 percent cooked foods--mainly grains and soups), it gives more than 100 recipes and a week's worth of sample menus, and even instructions on how to sprout your own seeds and nuts. For anyone truly dedicated to going beyond vegetarian to living the whole-foods way, this book is a solid, encouraging guide.


Your Complete Guide to the Healing Power of Raw Foods

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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  • File Size: 924 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; Reprint edition (November 17, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004AM5R2A
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102 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars eating for abundant health November 20, 2002
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This book may seem drastic at first if you are a regular McFood client, but actually, it allows for quite a bit of moderation. In Chapter 6, there is a six-month plan mapped out, with incremental changes, and says under "Personalizing the Program": "If you consistently make living foods at least 75 percent (by weight) of your daily intake, your dedication to achieving total body health will bring rewards that know no bounds".
I'm at the 75 raw/25 cooked point myself, and at 58, I'm in better health than at any other time in my life.
In Chapter 1, we read how we have exchanged, in the last century, a plant-based diet for a meat-based one, and how "the results have proven to be disastrous for our health and the environment".
The regeneration of cells is a fascinating topic (it takes 7 years to complete a full regeneration), and Mr. Clement states that "It's not added years that cause the body to age into a diseased state. It's the cell starvation that results from years of ingesting processed and cooked foods" (pg.42).
The causes and cures for many diseases are discussed, as well as depression and alcoholism, and the "Mind/Body Connection".
There are numerous food lists, and show how to combine foods for the best nutritional results and ease of digestion.
Under "Shopping for Recreational Foods", some cooked food is listed, so one can have a little "fun with food" from time to time.
There's a chapter on sprouts, and how to germinate them, and the value of doing so, as well as over 50 pages of recipes.
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94 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sound scientific basis - Friendly advice March 27, 2000
Unlike some other books I've read on the topic of raw-foodism, this one manages to present a sound scientific basis for following the raw-food diet, *without* sounding preachy and condemning. As a student with more background than most in biology and chemistry, I recognize the truth of the author's arguments in terms of hard science (although he doesn't use much technical language.) However, the best part of this book isn't the recipes or even the inspirational stories culled from the author's tenure at the Hippocrates instutute. What was the most helpful to me was the author's friendly, non-judgmental introduction to raw-foodism and its many benefits. I'm already a raw-foodist, and the "yelling" in some other books really put me off--which I'm sure would be much worse to someone who hasn't decided to go raw. But this book really is different, and I think it would be ideal for gently inspiring someone new to the subject. It would even be great for continued inspiration for those who have already adopted the raw lifestyle! Overall, a great read--and a page-turner, too!
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear and informative, but not for newbies August 4, 2001
If you are omnivorous, you may not be ready for this book. Brian Clement, who took over the Hippocrate's Health Center from Ann Wigmore, truly believes that raw vegetarianism is the only way to go. The book is filled with useful information, but it may be hard to digest if it's the first time you read about how living food can change your health for the better, or even for the best. The introductory part is very open and may scare you and drive you off the whole subject. If you want a book that will give you a first "taste" on the subject of raw vegetarianism, pick "Be your own doctor" by Ann Wigmore.
Other than that, this health book is realistic, and informative.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Come Alive with Living Foods January 11, 1999
This book changed the way I eat. Since having breast cancer seven years ago, I have been exploring ways to improve my physical health. Brian Clement and Theresa DiGeronimo's clear explanations of the value of living foods and explicit instructions on how to grow them made improving my diet easy. I am now drinking wheatgrass daily and experimenting with delicious sprouts and germinated seeds to get more life energy into my diet--and into me! I recommend this book to anyone who has faced a health challenge. I feel the vitality that living foods have brought into my life. --by Barbara Stone, author of Cancer As Initiation: Surviving the Fire
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Overall Book February 3, 2007
If you're new to the tenants of a healthy lifestyle, and if you're interested in living vegetarianism, this is a great start book. Why? The approach of this book is global, permitting the novice to acquire an overview without becoming lost in complicated ingredients, metaphysical considerations or intricate procedures. It is small enough to be snuggled into your bag and read bit-by-bit in stolen moments of a busy day. The writing style is clear, concise and explanatory. There are plenty of leads to be pursued at a further date, after you have been able to apply the knowledge contained here. If you're already a confirmed addict of rawvioli (c'mon, out of the closet), you'll mainly appreciate a few recipes (not all from Wigmore's books,less fat based than Cousens, although most can be found online) though they definitely aren't aimed at those who follow a mono diet. This is a great book to recommend to the curious who ask you questions about your lifestyle, sprouting techniques, and/or recipes. Good book, easy read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great life giving information!
We are firm believers in the lifestyle that this book adheres to. The information is vital to every human being. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Blackman Family
5.0 out of 5 stars complete no nonsense guide for starting rawfood and leading a healthy...
One of the best books I've ever read getting a healthy life style. It does not only treat the 'nutritional' part but also the 'psychologic' part of gaining a healthy and happy... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Christophe Ferauge
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Even if one isn't prepared to make ALL the changes to go 100% raw and living foods, this book is a great resource! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Melissa Phillippe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book written by someone you can trust who can back his claims up
I purchased this book to help aid cancer prevention. It's a good summary of how diet and lifestyle play a huge role in your health. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Robin Whitney
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Published on September 25, 2011 by laurie
4.0 out of 5 stars A raw food classic
This book presents a more modern version of the "living foods" program promoted by the late Ann Wigmore, the woman who popularized wheatgrass juice and the concept of... Read more
Published on July 12, 2011 by fredmango
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book!
Anyone interested in healthy eating (raw or not) should read this book. So much insight!
Published on November 10, 2006 by Mary Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars a good intro to raw
I had already read quite a bit about the raw diet and attended several seminars on it by the time I came across this book, so I didn't get much out of it because it is an... Read more
Published on July 11, 2006 by Honey Cricket
5.0 out of 5 stars food is God
If eating is said to be a pleasure, it must be a pleasure for being well. This book keeps teaching me why we need to eat.
Published on July 22, 2005 by surfn snow
5.0 out of 5 stars this book can change your life
This was the first book I ever read on raw food diet and it changed my life. Within one week of switching to a living foods diet I went from being sick, depressed and suffering... Read more
Published on July 12, 2005 by healthy&happy
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