The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Raw Review

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More and more people are turning to a raw food diet to achieve their weight loss goals. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Raw leads readers through the secrets, tricks and tips of raw food weight loss.

If you are skeptical about the benefits of raw food diet, you may want to know what research says about it.

“The consumption of a raw food diet is associated with a high loss of body weight”, according to a German study that examined over 500 men and women who consumed raw food diets.

A more recent study found that raw food dieters had “beta-carotene concentrations associated with chronic disease prevention”.

How Does Eating Raw Work?

Raw food is healthy. You don’t have to be a vegetarian; if you just recognize a need to eat healthier, this book is for you. Raw foods are believed to be able to heal the body and to boost energy.

Raw food is unprocessed and all-natural. Some (okay, many) of the processed foods we eat are actually engineered to make us want to eat more. But, nobody has engineered that raw cucumber to make you eat the whole bag.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Raw thoroughly covers all the peculiarities and technicalities of the raw food diet. It contains comprehensive information of anyone wanting to know the benefits of, get acquainted with, and embrace the culture of raw food.

The book is written in a way that is easy to understand. Step-by-step instructions show how raw foods can be combined into delectable meals. Raw food does not mean you have to eat carrots and apples for six months. There are raw chefs out there making millions!

Also, the authors help you eat healthily without requiring that you devote your life to kitchen preparing complicated recipes. The book provides over 100 relatively easy-to-prepare delicious recipes.

This raw food guide teaches you how to eat raw seeds and grains, by soaking and sprouting. This can be an intimidating thought to busy people, but somehow, this guide makes it seem feasible with step-by-step instructions.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Raw is devided in 5 sections. To learn more about what each section deals with, read Barbara’s review here.

What Others Are Saying - Does The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Raw Work?

Yes, eating raw foods will help you lose weight, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Raw is a great “starter kit” to get you on the right path.

M. Perkins, who owns plenty of books for cooking raw food, says in her review:

“These authors seem to have perfected the ingredients for soups and breads, and they really understand the concept of taste. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to try raw cuisine, and I intend to keep exploring more recipes!”

Some raw foods can be very easy to prepare. Gabriel from Hawaii says:

“I have 2 young kids, and there are simple recipes in this book my kids can make! What a blessing!”

Eating raw foods leaves you feeling fuller longer, and after only a few days on a raw food diet, your old foods will start to look less appetizing. And eating raw gives you more energy for the exercise you know you need to be doing.

How Much Weight Will I Lose?

I’m no Angela Stokes (the celebrity who lost over 160 lbs with a raw food lifestyle), but I too have had success with raw food. I followed a semi-raw diet, and ate raw about 2/3 of the time. I shouldn’t brag about this, but I didn’t exercise much, and I managed to lose 15 pounds in 3 months.

Pros and Cons


  • The book is perfect for those who want to become Raw Vegan
  • A raw diet is thought to help with many ailments, including: rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and depression.
  • Recipes in the book feature easy to find ingredients.
  • Book contains some gluten-free recipes.

  • Guide provides great tips on which kitchen appliances are which, and which ones you need to follow a raw food diet!

  • Recipes are not overly time-consuming to prepare.

  • Book includes handy glossary of terms.

  • Many people found that their skin cleared up when they were on a raw food diet.

  • The raw food diet is highly customizable to individuals. There are lots of raw foods out there to choose from!


  • Raw foods generally can take longer to prepare than conventional food. One customer said:

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Raw was accurate … but … the recipes were impractical for daily use for people with busy lives.”

  • Some raw foods require a dehydration process which may take days

  • Buying raw nuts and the necessary equipment is not cheap

  • If verbal weirdisms drive you crazy, you may be annoyed by the fact that this book overuses the word “purported”. Too many things are “purported” to be this or that!
  • Raw food dieting is so new that it can be intimidating.

  • Raw food dieting can cause discomfort in a social context.

  • It is unlikely that you can follow the raw diet and still consume meat and dairy. This is objectionable for some people.

Problems and Complaints

People already versed in raw food dieting find this book patronizing. This is truly a book for beginners, although experts may still find it useful as a reference guide. If you already know what you are doing with raw food (very few of us do), then you probably don’t need this book.

In Conclusion

Angela Stokes was featured on CNN because she lost 160 pounds on a raw food diet. If you are thinking of trying out a raw food diet yourself, I can think of no better place to start than The Complete Idiot’s Guide.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Raw has received excellent reviews by customers. Although you don’t have to consider yourself and idiot, you will find that this book is a resource of great value if you are a newcomer to field of raw food. Buy it from Amazon, either new or used,  for less than half the price.

The best thing about a raw food diet is that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. People who simply do a raw lunch every day, or a raw day every week, report positive changes in their health.

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