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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2004
I am 21 years old I have suffered from acne, low energy you name it, and I just didn't feel good about the way I looked. I was surfing the Internet one day and something just lead me to Tonya Zavasta's Website. I think that was the day my life changed because being 21 years old watching MTV, extreme makeover, and people my age getting Plastic Surgery you feel that is the only solution to your problems. I ordered this book and all my hope was renewed. In Tonya Zavasta's book she tells you why you should omit certain foods and why the raw diet is the perfect diet. She explains everything and it all just all makes perfect sense. I have just started the raw diet which I plan to carry on for the rest of my life and I have also seen results this early on. I have heavy upper eyelid skin; a week after I went raw my eyes look much bigger when I wake up in the morning my eyes aren't puffy at all and my skin isn't a sickly pale that it once was and I use to hate looking at myself in the morning but now I can bare to look in the mirror at 7am. I go to college and people were telling me that my skin looked great and although I know a person's opinion shouldn't mean that much but it just seemed like people are very friendly to me now that I look healthier and prettier (vain I know but nevertheless true). I smile alot more I think my seretonin levels have just begun to balance out; the body truly knows best. People this diet truly works and I can't wait until it's been a year and I have detoxed totally so as Tonya say's I will truly see my most beautiful me. Get this book!
P.S. I think Tonya is the proof this diet works she looks amazing!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2004
I could not put this book down once I started reading it. I found this book easy to read. Tonya does a very good job of explaining how food affects us on the molecular level in laymen's terms. This book holds the answers to many health problems that people have. I am a nurse of 23 years (geriatric nursing is my speciality). I have seen what the Standard American Diet does to people over a span of time. The title and the cover caught my eye. Added note here, I recently met Tonya at a health food store in Memphis,TN. I must say that in my 23 years of nursing, I have never seen such glowing health in an adult such as Tonya! Her skin is smooth, so clear and so very transparent. There was no need for makeup. Her hair has a beautiful shine. Tonya practices what she preaches! She looked just like her picture on the cover of this book, only better in real life.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2003
Whether you are new to the idea of eating a raw food diet, or you are very familiar with it but need additional inspiration, or if you are looking for information to help you bring out your most beautiful self, THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU. I had already read about ten books promoting a 100% raw diet, but as a woman always interested in trying to take good care of my appearance, this book really jumped off the shelf at me. Tonya has an attitude; we have a "right" to be beautiful. I like that attitude. It is the right to be the very best we personally can be in terms of our skin, our hair, our figure, and every other good attribute that comes from a genuinely healthy body.
You can get by with a poor diet for a long time when you are young. As long as you don't eat so much you become overweight, or bake you skin in the sun so much you start to dry up early, or suffer from serious acne, youth is kind to most people. Not so middle age and later. Now nature starts to get very tired of the abuse of a poor diet and other poor health habits, and when nature gets mad - you're going to feel it and you're going to see it in the mirror. Ouch. But there is hope. It won't be easy and it won't be fast, but it will be the real deal, for no lotion or potion or doctor's office has to offer what Tonya has to offer if you are willing to follow her recommendations - your most beautiful self based on true health. It's the beauty program for your insides as well as your outsides.
Having read about 100 books on nutrition, I can tell you that Tonya Zavasta knows her stuff, and she communicates it in a way that is both informative and highly enjoyable to read. I liked it so much, I'm reading it again.
If you are a man who really isn't that concerned with appearances, don't ignore this book. A small part of it will not be for you, but the health information most definitely will be. Remember, Tonya is not focusing on the usual beauty tips, this is the beauty of health and it is for everyone.
I've met Tonya. She's more beautiful in person. No air brushed pictures needed. She's the real deal.
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116 of 141 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2004
This is the first review that I have ever written, and I am writing this review because I think that the book is highly overrated and that this is a problem for those considering buying this book. Like others, I am sure, I use reviews to determine whether to buy a book. But this is the first book that received mostly five stars that I regret buying.

The reason why I regret buying this book is because the book is not very helpful in adopting the raw foods lifestyle. Rather than giving any practical advice, the book rambles on about beauty (the author discuss beauty envy, famous "beauties" of our generation, etc.) and gives some basic facts and generalities about the raw food diet, most of which are obvious to anyone who knows even a modicum about it (e.g., don't eat meat, dairy, and wheat--pretty obvious, eh?). It is clear that the author is totally obsessed with beauty, and so the book reads like what you would imagine one of her rants on beauty would sound like in person. Of course, there are some interesting facts scattered throughout the book, but not enough to make it worth buying. Also, while the author certainly knows a lot, you sometimes may doubt her reasoning ability based on some of the far-fetched conclusions she comes to. She also talks a lot about creationism, and her health theories are intimately tied with her religious beliefs. The most helpful things I learned from this books are the benefits of eating seaweed and fasting (though these sections are only a cursory foray into these areas), and that's about it (save a few random factoids).

So my advice is don't buy this book if you need advice on how to transition to a raw food diet or what a raw foodist eats on a typical day; the book is mainly an argument for why the author belives the raw food diet will make you beautiful (but there are still too few facts!!). You might want to consider buying this book only if you need inspiration to adopt the raw foods lifestyle, especially if you are doing it for beauty reasons, or perhaps if you want some basic facts on the raw food diet (i.e., you know nothing about it). However, I personally find the "I became a raw foodist and cured myself of disease X" stories more inspiring than arguments about how beautiful you will become, so if you are like me, I recommend just looking up such testimonials online, rather than buying this book. Finally, because I was so disappointed with the content of this book in comparison to what I was expecting giving the glowing reviews, I can only surmize that many of the authors friends wrote the reviews; she is from TN and a number of reviews appear to be from there. I hope this review helps!
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63 of 77 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2005
Are you thinking about adopting raw food life style? Do you want to read a book that will convince and motivate you to do that? A book that will give you step-by-step instructions on how to break addiction to cooked food? Well, I was. And I didn't find what I was looking for in this book.
Obviously, the author did research, and from her writing it is clear that she is a highly educated and intelligent woman. Unfortunately, the book offers no practical advice about adopting raw food life style. Here is a brief summary of what is written here:
In first several chapters, you learn that the author was obsessed with becoming beautiful. In fact, the first chapter is titled: I will be beautiful or I will be dead. She also talks how most beauty books were written by women who were born beautiful and are therefore not competent to discuss achieving beauty. Next, she talks about how beauty is greatly appreciated and how, once you get it, you will be the object of much envy. Some weird Bible interpretations are mixed in, too.
Next, she devotes a whole chapter to write about how she opposes plastic surgery.
The eight chapter is the one I found inspiring. Here she writes how beauty is the natural consequence of health and how you cannot really be beautiful if you are not healthy.
In the following chapters, she attacks "the enemies" one by one: the meat, the cooking, milk, sugar, salt, cigarettes, bread, the medical profession in general. I was particularly disappointed in chapter about cigarettes. I have quit smoking last year after being a smoker for almost 10 years and was expecting to read how will eating raw food help my body and especially lungs cleanse themselves faster and better. Instead, I felt like she was judging me - almost as if she wrote: "serves you right".
Next she talks about juicing, fasting and exercise but doesn't go into any depth.
Finally, she gives you a few recipes and a list of resources.
So not what I was expecting and what was advertised...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2005
Book Review by Jenny of Your Right to be Beautiful

How many beautiful people do you know that are actually willing to share their beauty secrets with you openly and honestly? Well Tonya Zavasta holds nothing back in her book: Your Right to be Beautiful. Just as the title sounds, this book leads the reader through and in depth explanation for why and how they can reach their right to full beauty potential, and also as to why this most likely hasn't happened yet.

Tonya Zavasta begins with her very personal account of striving to be beautiful in her youth and failing miserably, by her standards. Being born with a hip disability that gave her a negative self esteem, she became consumed with learning how to overcome it and everything else that she did not like about herself. These quests lead her down the road to many dead beauty ends, but eventually to one open door which enlightened and changed her life forever! She had finally found the secret, the fountain of youth and vigor and to that beautiful glow that one normally only sees in the airbrushed glossy images of magazine models!

After passionately pursing it for so long beauty had finally spoken the truth: that it truly is more than skin deep. That no matter what lotions, potions and surgeries you do to the outside of the body, if the internal body remains unhealthy and unclean; it is only a matter of time before the outside begins to reflect that in every unsightly way. That natural, highly coveted outward glow is only the side effect of a healthy inside that is being fueled properly with the essential building blocks of rejuvenation: a RAW VEGAN DIET. Yes, this diet is the secret fountain of nutrients that will give you clarity of mind and sight, eliminate physical ailments and sickness, give boundless amounts of energy and reinvent your body as you know it into a lean, clean, fuel efficient machine!

After about two years of this "Rawsome" diet (appropriately titled), Tonya Zavasta was a whole new woman! She was able to have surgery on her hip and recover much faster than those on the SAD (Standard American Diet). She had lost excess weight that didn't belong and melted years from her face, naturally of course. Her skin now has that healthy natural glow to it once and for all. Her life has been reborn and now she earnestly seeks to share this message with others so that theirs too can change for the better. This diet is not a one month crasher like so many others, it is about a progressive lifestyle change that will improve your quality of life and prolong it!

Please consider reading this book, Your Right to be Beautiful. It is at the very least a thought provoker, eye opener and in many cases (such as mine) a life changer! You have nothing to lose (except maybe some unwanted pounds) and everything to gain! Do yourself a favor and discover how to have Rawsome beauty of your own!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2005
This book will motivate people to pursue a lifestyle more conducive to health and beauty, as the two go hand in hand. It's actually quite simple--eat the foods that are naturally healthy for you and avoid the "factory foods" toxic to your body, and therefore to your appearance, because both are directly linked, especially as one ages. With her scientific background, she takes apart some unquestioned beliefs about nutrition, and this is where I feel she contributes most. I heard her speak in CA and she is a dynamic speaker. But the book is somewhat disappointing if you want more practical advice and have already read a book or two on the raw food lifestyle. It's good for beginners though, and to get motivated (if you need the motivation). She also spends a lot of time on her emotional issues with beauty--too much time I think.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2006
Tonya's down to earth story telling of compelling journey not only to the USA but also to raw and live foods is one of the best books on the raw or live foods lifestyle. She combines a beautiful inspirational story with excellent tips and advice for making the transition to Raw yourself.

Raw is a complete lifestyle change, but Tonya makes it easy, understandable and POSSIBLE to do. She teaches you to cultivate your natural beauty, your birthright, in clear, easy to understand language.

She is inspiring, knowledgeable, and gives you the impression that she genuinely cares for your success as you, too, transition to the most beautiful you that you can be...RAW.

She explores, discusses and finally blows wide open many common misconceptions on Beauty, nutrition and healthy eating in an intelligent, no nonsense and entertaining manner.

Her recipes are excellent...food selections, shopping tips and resource lists are healthful and helpful.

It's not just about the diet and Tonya makes that clear...this is a lifestyle and she explores the other avenues of that as well...with discussions on style, hair care, exercise, behavior...the total mind/body package...

With "Your Right To Be Beautiful"...beauty is MORE than skin deep. With Tonya, you have all the tools to claim that right.

How do I know?

Last year I was mistaken for being in my early forties, BUT....a few days ago...someone mistook me for my 17 year old daughter; AGAIN...I am 37.

These days....according to a popular online health and lifestyle survey, I am 23 years old, physiologically and lifestyle speaking...

Ageing is not a fact of life, in "Your Right To Be Beautiful," Tonya teaches what the facts really are....

"We can all be beautful."
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2005
I have read dozens of raw food books and originally adopted a raw food diet to stop my debilitating arthritis. A raw food diet is powerful: it completely eliminates my arthritis pain. However, there are days when the lack of arthritis pain is simply not enough: my cravings for cooked food are so unbearable that I need additional motivation. That's where Tonya's book always delivers.

Tonya's book is motivational, encouraging, informative - like a trusted counselor who is always there to support you. She understands that people have a strong desire to look beautiful. In her book she clearly supports the truth that healthy IS beautiful and explains how a raw food diet leads to fantastically good health -- and therefore, glowing natural beauty.

When so many raw food books address the logical, scientific reasons to maintain a raw diet, Tonya's book appeals to the quiet hope in each of us that we can become healthier, stronger and more beautiful.

I recommend this book for anyone who has a good understanding of raw food diets and wants the motivation to stay on a raw food diet to find their most beautiful self.
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51 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2004
I am amazed at all the 5 star reviews. I have read up to page 60 and so far, no raw food advice...but QUITE a bit about how the scientific "evidence for evolution is seriously flawed" (that's a quote, p. 41.) There's actually several pages devoted to trying to convice the reader about the truth of the creation theory (I was really not expecting that in a beauty book!!!) There are also a lot of strange platitudes sprinkled throughout the book, such as "An average-looking woman rarely ventures to win away a man from a more attractive competitor." (p. 48) Not only is that far from a universal truth, but it's hard not to conclude that all her talk of godly beauty is really just an attempt to snag a man, or get a leg up on the "competition"--in this case, other women(!!) It's all very odd, especially considering that I got this book to learn her "raw food" eating plan for getting beautiful--that is, after all, supposed to be the point of the book. I did flip through the rest of the book to make sure there would be something useful, and quite randomly came across: Chapter 23, "The Mermaids Beauty Secret", where she explains that "seaweed is a staple of the mermaids' traditional diet" (p. 242) and that "mermaids' long and lusterous hair contributes greatly to the beauty known to have lured men to the bottom of the sea" (p. 241) Therefore, eating seaweed gives you beautiful hair. That is her chapter on hair! She calmly presents information on mermaids' lifestyles as if it's verifiably factual. (As well, she once again presents 'getting a man' as the purpose of beauty.) This is the tone of the whole book...I'm not saying it's necessarily a bad thing, but it's definately not very scientific. Speaking of which, she several times mentions her "advanced degrees" in...Something Scientfic (it's never made very clear), but the "author blurb" on the back cover only mentions her work as a "motivational speaker and STANDUP COMEDIENNE"!!! (This made me wonder about her credentials, and I discovered that nowhere, not even on her official website [beautifulonraw.com] does it mention where or when she was educated. It's not that I think *education* itself is necessarily the pinnacle, but if a person is flouting advanced science degrees it should be verifiable.) So, be prepared. Obviously, there are at least 22 reviewers here that gave this 5 stars, so the writing style is working for somebody, but I wish I had known then what I know now about this book. If you're really just looking for a good raw food book, try Rainbow Green Live Food Cuisine. It's my favorite so far: straightforward; the guy is a doctor and knows his stuff. It's really good for the how and why of raw food diets.
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