Lazy Raw Foodist’s Guide

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

The Lazy Raw Foodist’s Guide is written by Laura Bruno, an author, life coach, medical intuitive and Reiki master teacher.

This book includes information and support for those who wish to follow a raw diet but don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Bruno also addresses the nutritional and psychological aspects related to eating a raw food diet that often create stumbling blocks for those who attempt to follow this way of eating as a long-term lifestyle approach.

Lazy Raw Foodist Basics

Bruno initially asks you to define why you want to eat a raw food diet because this will make it easier to discover what is going to work best for you.

She then outlines a variety of approaches to eating raw foods including low fat diets, 100% raw, superfoods, cleansing and detoxification, fruitarianism, natural hygiene, raw gourmet and raw animal products. You are encouraged to explore and experiment to find the way of eating that best suits your goals and your lifestyle.

A variety of nutritional topics are discussed including food combining, the importance of leafy green vegetables, how to avoid vitamin and mineral deficiencies, avoiding food poisoning and practical advice about fasting and cleansing. Additionally Bruno addresses dental issues, raw food kitchen equipment, eating disorders and living with a partner that doesn’t eat a raw food diet.

An emphasis is placed on the emotional sensitivity and heightened awareness that is commonly reported by those who increase their intake of raw foods. Bruno offers advice on how to cope with these adjustments including creating a social support structure and focusing on the positive changes you wish to create in your life.

The Lazy Raw Foodist’s Guide includes 45 “Super Lazy Recipes”, contributed by a variety of top raw chefs, which don’t require you to spend too much time in the kitchen. There is also a “Super Lazy Bonus Section” with resources for raw food restaurants, home delivery and mail order services.

Recommended Raw Foods

Fruit, vegetables, raw nuts, raw seeds, dried fruit, spirulina, bee pollen, cacao, coconut, avocado, olive oil, seaweed, sprouts, wheatgrass juice.

Sample Lazy Raw Food Meal Plan

Breakfast

Cacao-A-Go-Go Smoothie

Lunch

Cream of Zucchini Soup
Rainbow Salad

Afternoon Snack

Superfood “Candy”

Dinner

Zucchini Noodles Marinara

Dessert

Key Lime Pie

Exercise Recommendations

The Raw Foodist’s Guide does not include an exercise program, but Bruno recommends using a rebounder to encourage sweating and the elimination of toxins and yoga for stress management.

Costs and Expenses

The Lazy Raw Foodist’s Guide retails at $14.95.

Pros

  • Educates dieters so as to avoid potential nutritional deficiencies with a raw vegan diet.
  • Provides information about the different types of raw food diets.
  • Discusses and simplifies the concept of food combining.
  • Includes over 45 recipes by a variety of top raw chefs.
  • Acknowledges the importance of psychological factors and stress management for the maintenance of health.

Cons

  • May be difficult to eat a raw food diet in social situations.
  • Is not a program specifically for weight management.
  • The Lazy Rawfoodist’s Guide does not include a meal plan.
  • Does not include exercise guidelines.

Conclusions

The Lazy Raw Foodist’s Guide provides readers with information to help them incorporate a nutritionally balanced raw food diet into a busy lifestyle.

It includes practical advice about the various aspects of adjusting to a raw food lifestyle including food selection, cleansing and detoxification, kitchen equipment and psychological factors. Also included is a selection of fast and easy raw food recipes, contributed by some of the world’s top raw food chefs.

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
Last Reviewed: May 2, 2011. Disclaimer