Review: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food Detox

Title:  The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food Detox
Subtitle: Eat better, feel better, look better
Author: Adam A. Graham
ISBN: 978-1615640942
Publisher:  Alpha (July 5, 2011)
Pages:  336 pages (paperback)
My Rating: 4
From the Publisher:
The Complete Idiot’s Guide(r) to Raw Food Detox details the best foods for detoxifying and cleansing the body for people suffering from everything from irritable bowel syndrome to unsuccessful weight loss efforts-or anyone who just wants to feel healthier. Beginning with what detoxifying and cleansing are and what they do, this book details what to eat, how to prepare it, and in what combinations and amounts. The author also provides several 15-day detoxifying and cleansing regimens for both the beginning and experienced raw food enthusiast.
About the Author:
Adam Graham began his career working for the vegetarian global media station Supreme Master Television in Los Angeles, California. He has served as a live food chef and instructor at the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in Patagonia, Arizona, while doing media production for the online media site
My Review:
I have read a number of books about the benefits of a raw food lifestyle but the problem is that I KNOW I would not be able to stick to the diet on a full time basis. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food Detox is not a lifestyle you need to adapt but more of a short term cleansing to help get all your systems back on track and able to handle the garbage of a traditional diet.
This book is organized very well. It starts out with the basics of a raw food detox…why you need it, the type of toxins it will help eliminate and the benefits of this type of program. It then moves into an analysis of your lifestyle and how in need you really are. Depending on your day to day diet and lifestyle choices you will need to follow one of four programs A, B, C, or D. You will find a sample 15 day menu to follow depending on your program need.
There is a HUGE section of recipes to choose from and most of them looked pretty simple  Lots of salads (and raw dressings), juices, soups, smoothies, and veggie wraps. There is also a section in the book called ‘Consciously Cooked’ recipes. I’m not sure I would have included these, personally, since the whole premise of the book is supposed to be RAW. The author points out the comfort factor of some dishes like baked squash and how some things just can’t be eaten raw. He recommends steaming, boiling or baking if needed which are much healthier than other ways of cooking but still not sure if they need to be in a raw detox book.
There is a large section that discusses raw foods and health…things like superfoods (Acai, etc), living foods like sprouts, probiotics, etc. The last chapter deals with continuing with a healthy lifestyle and recommends periodic raw detoxes, colonic cleansing, detoxifying your environment and several other suggestions. There is a nice glossary and a few helpful resources in the back of the book as well.

I think I would have liked to see more information on the effects of a raw food detox that people might experience. There is a brief half page that mentions headaches, diarrhea, etc but I think it should have been discussed a little bit more.

Overall, lots of great information on purifying your body through a raw food diet.

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