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Raw Kids: Transitioning Children to a Raw Food Diet Paperback – February 25, 2000

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 101 pages
  • Publisher: Living Spirit Pr (February 25, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967785219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967785219
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,284,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stoycoff covers every health and lifestyle aspect of the transition process with clarity and authority... -- Living Nutrition Magazine

From the Author

We began transitioning our children to a raw food diet over a year ago as an experiment to alleviate the symptoms of ADD my eight year old son was experiencing. I'm happy to say that the experiment was astonishingly successful! We have been delighted at the changes in my son's behavior and capabilities, which occurred almost immediately. His moodiness, irritability and inability to concentrate were gone. His mental processes cleared, his memory improved and so did his performance in school. When we began the transition, I looked everywhere for advice and assistance. Although I found many helpful people and wonderful books about the raw food diet, I was unable to find anything dealing specifically with children. There are many things that come up as you change your child's diet; the special nutritional needs of children, social gatherings, disapproving relatives, school functions and sack lunches, your own selfdoubts, children who don't want to try new foods, and the attitude of other family members, just to name a few. When my son's story was published in Living Nutrition Magazine with the title Triumph over Attention Deficient Disorder Kyle Stoycoff's Story, I began getting inquiries from other parents eager to change their children's diets and needing advice and guidance. Raw Kids is my attempt to fill this need. I hope our experience can help pave the way for those wishing to improve their children's diets and quality of life.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on June 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book was written by a mom who transitioned her older child to a raw foods diet to overcome his behavioral problems, which she suspected were caused by food allergies. That may sound strange, but it's not an uncommon phenomenon. Not all families need to cut out all cooked foods to overcome their child's problems, but that's exactly what worked for Cheryl Stoycoff's family.
In her introduction, she lets the reader know what not to expect from the book: it isn't a primer on raw nutrition for children. She wrote it for those who are already convinced of the benefits of a raw diet but still need advice on how to help older children make the transition. Much of her advice is based on the simple premise that you first set an example, then you enlist your child's cooperation - as best you can.
I like that the author is realistic about the fact that some kids will transition more easily than others. She encourages loving patience and praises the benefits of any change toward a healthier, more whole foods vegan diet, rather than lamenting the difficulty of going 100% raw with kids. And she covers not only dealing with children themselves, but also briefly discussing handling school, relatives, and social gatherings.
Also included are chapters on "The Diet-Behavior Connection" and "Meal Ideas" complete with a section of her own tried-and-true kid-friendly raw recipes.
This is a short book, an easy read, and it answered many of the questions I had when contemplating how one could possibly get a whole family to go raw. Though you would probably want to get another more thorough nutrition manual, this book provides sound advice and a view into one family's experience, which is always an interesting read!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Linda Wooliever on January 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
this is a good little book to get you started in the direction of transitioning your kids to raw food. when I first bought it, I actually got it for myself (I'm big on getting kids books when I begin something - guess I'm a big kid inside!) Anyway, I figured that I'd try it for kid-tested foods that I might like. The author doesn't feed her kids 100% raw, at least at the time of her writing and I like that she writes about how she follows the rhythms of the seasons and her kids. Certain times they are hungrier than others and she honors that. She talks about how her kids behavioral and physical problems were healed with raw foods. Very interesting little read.
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
Without knowing a thing about the benefits of a raw food diet, I bought and read the book anyway because it stressed a vegetarian diet. I'd been a vegetarian for 6 years, but couldn't lose weight after my son was born 2 years ago. I met Cheryl and her husband, Clyde, who were very supportive and suggested that I eliminate cooked starches from my diet. Honestly, I thought the advice was silly, but after reading the book I understood what they meant. I was living on potatoes, pasta, rice. When I ate fruit for breakfast and snacks, a huge salad for lunch, and another salad for dinner, I easily lost 6 lbs. in 2 weeks. I also have much more energy and clarity of thought. I feel so much better. I eat all the avacadoes and olives I want, and even some cooked beans. My family is now about 80% raw and I'm about 95%. Try it - it's not as hard as you think, and the results are worth it!
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