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The Raw Secrets: The Raw Vegan Diet in the Real World
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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.Read more ›
(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.Read more ›
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I learned a lot from this book. Anyone thinking about becoming a raw foodist should read this. It's not boring but highly informative and tells you everything you need to know to... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Li Chaka
I've been an 80-90% raw foodist for like 9 years and the way the author describes his book is his journey but it's so much more. Almost every page I have been learning something. Read morePublished on February 5, 2013 by Dolores B
I found the book to be an easy read full of practical information that is easy to follow. He talks about his journey with raw food and it's nice to see that he is human and does... Read morePublished on February 9, 2008 by Tracy L. Emineth
I have read quite a few of the books on going raw and I have found this to have the most practical and easy to follow information out of all them. Read morePublished on January 26, 2008 by Peter Aubrey
after reading dozens and dozens of raw food books and becoming a/confused and b/ irritated by a lot of 'dietism' speak of so called raw-food gurus, i really enjoyed this book. Read morePublished on January 23, 2008 by R. Newman
I really think this book should be read by everyone who wants to eat raw succesfully long term, and even by everyone who does not want to go 100% raw. Read morePublished on January 23, 2008 by Jannette Benschop, M.D.
This book was designed to assist you in avoiding the common pitfalls of the raw food diet. Issues such as why humans are not natural grain eaters are discussed, and also what the... Read morePublished on January 18, 2008 by Stacey L. Mccuaig
Once again Frederic Partenaude provides straight forward information, that makes sense, and helps guide you in the right direction. Read morePublished on January 18, 2008 by Deborah C. Marsh
I discovered the raw food diet about two years ago and since then read almost every book published on the subject. However, the more I read the more confused I became. Read morePublished on January 17, 2008 by Alina Vladimirova