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Rawsome: Maximizing Health, Energy, and Culinary Delight With the Raw Foods Diet by Brigitte Mars (Basic Health Publications, Inc.)

A raw foods diet advocates exactly that: eating raw foods. No cooking, no grilling, no steaming, no application of high temperatures. Why?

Studies show raw foods are digested quickly and easily – in 24-36 hours instead of the 48-100 hours needed for cooked food.

Tackling head-on the skepticism likely to greet proponents of what the world sees as a "fad" diet, renowned nutritional consultant and raw foods adherent Brigitte Mars in Rawsome presents historical data and scientific evidence confirming the efficacy of raw foods diets in:

  • Supporting emotional stability
  • Increasing energy levels
  • Clearing the skin
  • Boosting immune-system function
  • Improving digestive function
  • Dispelling depression
  • Sustaining overall good health.

Raw foods slow the aging process and help people reach their optimum weight. Raw food diets have been used to improve the health of those with arthritis, asthma, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes, digestive disturbances, menstrual problems, allergies, obesity, skin conditions, and heart disease. The result, over time, is a feeling of buoyant, radiant health.

In addition, Mars points out the environmental benefits of the raw foods diet, making a case for eating raw foods as a means of reducing waste, making the most of agricultural practice, and reducing the human footprint on the earth. Whether readers want to jump right into an all-raw diet or just want to introduce more raw foods into the diet, Mars, who teaches herbal medicine through Esalen, the Boulder College of Massage Therapy, and the Naropa Institute, offers encouragement and practical instruction. Readers will find advice on planning a balanced diet to meet their nutritional needs, combining foods for best effect, preserving raw foods, equipping the raw kitchen, sprouting, juicing, and every other technique that makes the raw foods diet simple, delicious, and healthful.

Mars explains digestion and enzyme activity, and why raw foods can be particularly helpful when it comes to losing weight and increasing energy. She provides a "raw foods encyclopedia," identifying the nutritional content of fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and wild edibles (like seaweeds and edible flowers), and explaining how the body converts each of them into energy.

Perhaps most important, Mars provides more than 200 kitchen-tested, real-people-approved raw foods recipes. There are dozens of raw food recipes for:

  • Breakfast dishes
  • Dairy replacements
  • Beverages
  • Salads and salad dressings
  • Soups
  • Sauces and condiments
  • Dips and pates
  • Entrees
  • Alternatives to rice and baked bread
  • Sandwiches and other take-it-with-you foods
  • Desserts
  • Holiday dishes
  • Ethnic foods – Caribbean, French, German, Italian, Mexican, Indian, Middle Eastern, Asian, and Southern, among others

Mars also outlines the kitchen tools for making these – no more stoves, toasters, and pots. Instead, the raw food kitchen is stocked with a blender, citrus juicer, food dehydrator, and ice cream maker, and food preparation involves instructions for sprouting, juicing, dehydrating, and fermenting.

For people who want to give raw foods a try but don't want to give up the taste of good cooking, Rawsome provides a solid foundation.

The Smoothies Bible by Pat Crocker (Robert Rose) One of the easiest and most delicious ways to consume the recommended 5 to 10 servings a day of fruits and vegetables is to drink them. Packed with nutrients and low in calories, smoothies are a fast, easy and great tasting way to achieve good health. The Smoothies Bible is the most comprehensive source of information to explore and detail the health benefits of these easy-to-make drinks. Some of the delicious smoothies featured include: Watermelon Wave, Strawberry Blush, Flu Fighter, Flaming antibiotic, Cajun Cocktail, and Mango Madness. 

The Smoothies Bible includes: More than 300 healing/healthy smoothie recipes; Over 100 fully illustrated profiles of various fruits, vegetables and herbs; 80 common health concerns matched with prescriptive smoothies.

Prescription for Dietary Wellness: Using Foods to Heal by Phyllis A. Balch (Avery) is a massive reference aimed at preventing and treating disease through diet. Prescription for Dietary Wellness gives a solid education in nutrition basics.

Like its companion books – the bestselling Prescription for Nutritional Healing and the newer Prescription for Herbal Healing – Prescription for Dietary Wellness offers authoritative information that is research-based and clearly written, making it easy for the reader to quickly find the subjects in which he or she is interested and to incorporate the dietary recommendations into his or her daily life.
Updates in this second edition include: phytochemicals and antioxidants, foods that boost immunity, how to choose the most nutritious foods, "standout" healing foods, how to design a diet for your individual optimal health, taking into account special dietary needs diet-based healing techniques such as juicing, fasting, and detoxifying; how to avoid potential dietary dangers, including threats to water safety, food-borne diseases, food additives, food irradiation, antibiotics, genetically engineered foods, and undesirable substances such as caffeine, cholesterol, and sugar.

While not a cookbook, Prescription for Dietary Wellness also includes a number of easy, wholesome recipes and advice on cooking methods. It is a complete, practical guide to eating for good health.

The Healing Nutrients Within: Your Guide to the Best-Stocked Drugstore of All – The Human Body by Eric R. Braverman (Basic Health Publications) This update of the landmark book on amino acids, covers the exciting discoveries of the last decade and shows how to use them in your personal health-management program in.
The two dozen amino acids present in the human body are now being shown to be among the most potent healing substances ever discovered. These constituents of protein are necessary to everyday life processes, but research and clinical work in the last two decades have revealed a vast range of therapeutic functions for amino acids, including phenylalanine's pain-relieving powers, tyrosine's energizing ability and addiction-fighting potential, methionine's role in Parkinson's disease treatment and as an anti-allergen, and homocyteines' emergence as a new and precise marker of heart disease risk.

Now in its 3rd edition, The Healing Nutrients Within has been providing health professionals and interested general readers with the latest research available on amino acides for more than 15 years. Now amino acids have arrived, big time. Every person should be paying attention to their nutritional status, because nutrition is a part of every disease. This book will help you understand that the best-stocked drugstore of all still remains the human body.

The Hormone Revolution Weight-Loss Plan: Harness the Power of Your Fat-Burning Hormones by Joshua Shackman (Contributor), Karlis Ullis , MD (Avery) Karlis Ullis, M.D., is an international authority on sports medicine and anti-aging medicine. In The Hormone Revolution Weight-Loss Plan, he brings his expertise on aging to weight loss. In fact, Ullis's clinical experience reveals that weight gain is a leading cause of premature and accelerated aging.
This effective, sensible plan is designed for both men and women and shows how to turn hormones into powerful alleys in the battle against weight gain, especially when it occurs around middle age. Because hormones regulate everything from metabolism and appetite to libido and energy levels, no weight-loss program can work long-term unless it factors in the crucial role of our natural hormones.
Traditional calorie-restricted regimens wreak havoc on the body's delicate hormone balance, often lowering testosterone, thyroid hormone, growth hormone, and other hormones that play a key role in fat loss, muscle gain, and increased energy. Dr. Ullis views carbs as essential for sustaining energy, and he explains when they can be eaten for optimal fat-burning hormonal effects.
Dr. Ullis has developed an all-natural, drug-free program to help world-class athletes harness the power of their body's own hormones. Now this same plan has been adapted so anyone can "hormonally charge" their weight-loss plan.
The Hormone Revolution Weight-Loss Plan teaches precisely what to eat as well as when to eat in relation to the timing of exercise, physical activities, and sleep.

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