I never thought I’d do it. I never dreamed I’d call my audience “dummies”. When people come to me to learn about raw food, they come hoping to make a significant lifestyle change – and not just significant for them personally, but also for their loved ones and the whole planet. These people aren’t dummies; they’re thoughtful, conscious beings seeking a healthier life. So naturally, when I was approached by the “dummies” people, I resisted. I’d been so turned off by the whole concept I’d never even looked at one of the books. But they persisted and I realized that my judgment was pure prejudice – I had no evidence. So I decided to do some research and realized the books weren’t aimed at dummies at all. The books are for intelligent, but busy people who want as much information as possible in as little time as possible. Well – I can certainly understand that! So – I agreed.
Writing this book was a huge labor of love for me. The time and energy I put into it took me away from some of my other duties. It spread me a little more thinly than usual. But once I embraced the whole “dummies” concept, I realized this was my chance to reach all kinds of people. The whole project became so worthwhile.
Twenty years ago, one of my main goals was to take raw mainstream. We’re definitely getting there – the evidence is all across the country as I’ve seen first hand on my travels this year. But this book is about as mainstream as you can get. Just being approached by the publisher shows how far we’ve come. And who knows how many people out there will get the raw message who wouldn’t normally even investigate it? I regard this book as a golden opportunity to realize my goal.
The amazing thing about the book is the vast amount of information it covers in one volume. It’s a guide to going raw from transition to finding community support for a new way of life. It gets the reader started by covering the basics succinctly. The results of eating raw are emphasized and explained, such as increased energy and a vibrant, youthful appearance. The realities of cleansing and detoxifying are explained. All of the equipment is discussed as well as how to shop most effectively. My philosophy of making healthy living delicious is introduced here as well. People need to know that although embarking on a new journey, it’s going to be a sense-satisfying one. And believe it or not, there are a hundred recipes in this book! From easy-to-follow starter recipes to complex entrees to keep you satisfied with your decision, I’ve included all sorts of my favorites. And of course, there are lots of sweet treats and yummy snacks to round out your new diet – healthy and delicious!
So here I am, twenty years later, taking raw mainstream! I’m thrilled to be a part of this revolution and incredibly honored to be a spokesman for the movement in such a high-profile way. More and more people are awakening to the reality of sustainability, to the secrets of longevity and the benefits of a balanced body, mind and spirit. The more informed we are as a society, the more empowered we are for change. The raw lifestyle becomes not just a choice, but the choice for a happy, healthy life.
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