I have been talking about the raw diet for many weeks now on this blog and would like to direct you to some resources that can give you even more insight into following a nutritional diet. An idea inspired by the team over at Realfoods. http://www.realfoods.co.uk/
Lots of people have asked me over the years ‘what is a good book for following a raw diet?’
There are many websites and other blogs out there to read but there are also numerous books that are extremely well researched and provide undeniable facts about how diet can improve health and well-being.
I am going to introduce you to a man who wrote many books about following a raw diet. His name was Maximilian Oskar Bircher-Benner and he was born in 1867.
Yes I said 1867!
Bircher-Benner was a Swiss physician who worked towards a healthier lifestyle researching nutrition.
His books are a fascinating look into the dietary needs of the early 1900’s.
A lot of research has been carried out in recent years about obesity and dietary requirements and yet here you are reading about a pioneer in the 19th century.
Bircher-Benner fed the patients in his sanatorium a diet of raw fruits and vegetables in the hope that it would heal his patients despite other more common beliefs at the time.
With research into nutrition he changed the eating habits of the 19th century from bread and meat to incorporate fruit, vegetables and nuts.
He is also the inventor of the popular cereal muesli.
His book ‘The prevention of Incurable Disease’ is an in-depth, descriptive look into the causes of incurable diseases and the major mistakes people make when it comes to their nutrition.
It is a graphic delve into the nitty gritty of diet and nutrition detailing one hundred pages of what to look out for and common misconceptions before it even focuses on how to overcome these hurdles.
He also wrote a book specifically for the consumption of raw food titled ‘Fruit Dishes and Raw Vegetables’ (1926), outlining how to prepare uncooked foods with a selection of recipes.
Now you may be thinking that his ideas are old fashioned and seriously out of date for the society that we live in today, but I am telling you this man had foresight and he was completely right. Raw food has so many more health benefits that people realise.
If you don’t believe me, here are more examples of books all of which were written in this century.
The complete book of raw food – Julie Rodwell (2004)
This is a colourful addition to any kitchen. Not only does it talk about ingredients, tools, juicing and dehydrating, it is also full of fantastic recipes.
The author has cleverly provided a list of the foods you can eat raw, a discussion about the best dehydrators and also pages dedicated to juicers; ultimately resulting in not only a great kitchen companion, but an elaborative look into another way of life.
Conscious Eating – Gabriel Cousens (2000)
This book focuses on the diet of the individual, rather than a generic diet for everyone. It explains the need to understand not only your body, but your mind and your spirit in order for you to follow a diet best suited for you.
It outlines how to follow a diet keeping a record of how you feel after meals, whether your pulse races, whether you feel stress. In this way it means you are able to monitor whether or not your body responds positively or negatively to what you eat so your diet can be adjusted to best suit your specific needs.
Living Foods for Radiant Health – Elaine Bruce (2003)
First and foremost, this is not a recipe book. Although it has some recipes in it, that is not it’s primary function.
This is predominantly a lifestyle book.
It was written to identify a way to obtain better health, containing about twenty chapters outlining anything from how your body works to juicing, dehydrating foods and sprouting seeds.
I like to think of it as a how to guide.
The Thrive Diet – Brendan Brazier (2007)
This is a great book focusing on following a diet that reduces stress and improves nutrition. It also includes a section on exercise and nutrition which I think is excellent.
Not only does it supply pages of recipes which include raw options that are all wheat, gluten, soy, corn, refined sugar and dairy free, but it also includes a section on meal plans with a 12-week starter plan.
Superfoods – David Wolfe (2009)
If you have read my superfood blog you’ll know all about what superfoods are. http://rawfoodblog.co.uk/eating-diet/superfoods/
This book details not only what superfoods are but goes into the middle of the forest with the amount of depth of research into all the foods listed.
It is not just a quick list, but a well-researched history into every superfood mentioned, providing detailed facts and pictures.
On top of that, the book includes fantastic recipes to try.
This book is superb.
The 80/10/10 Diet – Douglas Graham (2006)
The introduction of the word ‘Frugivores’ is what got me interested in this book. The author here explains how we are a species that naturally lives primarily on fruit. We are not herbivores or carnivores. We are frugivores.
He continues his argument by showing how fruit is able to satisfy our nutritional needs more than any other food group. Although he does specifically state that other foods, such as leafy greens, are also good for us because they provide required minerals we cannot get from fruit; ergo suggesting that we don’t thrive by eating fruit alone.
So now you don’t have to take my word for it. Neither do you have to struggle for ideas about what to make in the kitchen. There are so many books out there not only with great recipes to follow, but alternative lifestyle choices that boost energy, health and general well-being.Google+