The Raw Secrets: The Raw Vegan Diet in the Real World

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ISBN-13: 978-0973093001
ISBN-10: 0973093005
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About the Author

Frederic Patenaude is a raw-food chef, a speaker, a web master and a writer. He published 21 issues of the magazine Just Eat An Apple from 1998 until 2003, and is the author of "The Sunfood Cuisine" and "Raw Soups, Salads and Smoothies".

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Raw Vegan (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0973093005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0973093001
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,692,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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131 of 136 people found the following review helpful By Kytka Hilmar-Jezek on January 30, 2003
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What I like best about this book is that from his own journey, the author seems to have come full circle - making him very human and approachable rather than dogmatic and preachy as many raw food authors tend to be. I have been a raw foodist for many years - and have heard from people who were on their path in that direction but stopped because the information they were getting was an "all or nothing" approach. Reading this book allows you to be human. To make mistakes, to long for your favorite foods and to even allow them into your bodies if that is what your bodies are calling for. His message seems to be that feeding the spirit is equally important as feeding the body and that stressing about the diet may wreck more havoc in your being than actually eating the cooked food!
Don't get me wrong - this is not a "so-so" raw foods book... It is very pro raw food and active - but with human understanding and compassion which is lacking in many of the newer books on the market. He refers to the various movements popping up all over the states and shares his own personal quest for truth and how on his journey he found his way back to the most basic core principles and ideology of the raw foods movement. This book is not written from his ego, but rather from his heart - exposing his own pitfalls and sharing what he has learned from them.
A wonderful bonus is that he often refers to important hygienic materials published in other countries and languages. This wonderful inclusion opens the readers mind to information from many new sources, previously undiscovered in this country. I found his work to be easy to read and well documented. AS a mother, I found his inclusion and mention of pregnancy and children's dietary needs a very valuable and a welcome surprise.
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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 2004
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This book is important, it does tell the secrets but it takes some people long to get to the point of understanding why that is. If you are trying to go raw without first having practiced food combining as in Fit For Life, for example, you won't realize there's something wrong with eating most of the recipes out of all these gourmet raw food uncookbooks, as you do feel better than usual relative to your usual Standard American Diet. But food combiners who then go raw and eat as currently promoted by Nature's First Law gurus, know something is wrong. If you eat miscombined meals, you're going to miss out on what raw food properly combined can give you. (It is true after a couple years you can miscombine some things without it zapping your energy but not early on and not at every meal.) I'm talking about feeling light and energetic, real happiness, super heightened senses, no body odor, sparkling clear eyes and glowing skin, strong hair and nails, hours of pure bliss, and the best sex you have ever experienced especially when shared with another raw fooder. Fit For Life gives you glimpses of all these even if you eat meat regularly, but keep in that routine and then go raw, properly combined even for only a few weeks and you will experience these things. You may have to have gone through that whole cycle to pick up his book and go, "Ya, I figured all this out too, this guy will save other people a lot of time..." He's got the guts to talk about the fanatasism, binging, and the extremism of treating it like a religion when it's simply the science of digestion and absorption of nutrients from unadulterated whole foods which have a lot of water in them. I applaud Frederic and thank him for his book. Enjoy!
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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Cloud Gazer on January 9, 2004
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I found this to be a very good book and I highly recommend it (along with the first two books of Harvey and Marilyn Diamond in the Fit for Life series of books: "Fit for Life" and "Fit for Life II: Living Health"). This author espouses following the wisdom of Natural Hygiene (no, not your dentist but the natural hygiene your internal body needs).
(Side note: I recommend that you read one of the Fit for Life books, first... as an introduction to Natural Hygiene. You should have some idea about veganism and raw foodism before you get this book. If you've never wandered in to this arena previously, this should be the second book you read. You really need the context of information - a framework from which to operate/think - when reading this book.)
So many authors on raw foodism are so legalistic that is can be sometimes a turn-off or simply daunting to try to follow in the the steps thay lay. Make no mistake, Patendaude marks his line in the sand and leaves no doubt how he feels about eating anything other than what he recommends. That said... he does back off a bit later in the book to give people who cannot be 100% raw-foodists or even 100% perfect in the way he recommends folks eat raw food suggestions on what to do instead (or in the interim). (Hint: it's not the way Juliano would have you eat.)
Patenaude even rests your mind by telling you not to get so worked up about your diet and your foods. Why? If you are, then the damage the stress is doing is worse than the food itself. So... eat the best you can (preferably his way) and live your life in peace and harmony.
I've read many, many raw food books. This one is rated as my favorite, thus far. I've learned so much from it. Will I become as "perfect" at the author is? Probably not.
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