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Great book written by a mom
on June 13, 2003
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!