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This book advocates a diet primarily of "fresh, organic, uncooked, unrefined foods that provide the body with everything it needs to stay strong, healthy, and vigorous." Switching to this diet of "living" foods can be a big step for the millions of fast-food addicts out there, but the long-term health benefits--cancer prevention, weight loss, increased longevity and energy--are more desirable than a measly paper bag of salty fries.
Written in conjunction with the Hippocrates Health Institute in Florida, which has been known to help cancer patients into remission through diet, this book takes a slightly scare-tactic approach, citing a few too many frightening health statistics ("1 in 3 Americans alive today will develop cancer"). However, its intentions are spot-on. To make the transition to the Institute's recommended diet (75 percent raw fruits and vegetables and 25 percent cooked foods--mainly grains and soups), it gives more than 100 recipes and a week's worth of sample menus, and even instructions on how to sprout your own seeds and nuts. For anyone truly dedicated to going beyond vegetarian to living the whole-foods way, this book is a solid, encouraging guide.
Did you know that what you eat could be making you sick? It's true. Some foods clog your body with energy-depleting fats, toxins, and chemicals. Where can you find the optimum nourishment your body needs to stay strong, healthy, and vigorous? For millions of people, the answer is in the health and healing properties of living foods—foods that are eaten raw and produced without dangerous, nutrient-robbing chemicals or additives.
For more than forty years, the Hippocrates Health Institute has been teaching people how to cleanse and heal their bodies with naturally potent living foods. In this book, the first-ever sponsored by the Institute, authors Brian R. Clement and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo explain why living foods are vital to good health and offer a sensible plan for making the switch to a living foods diet.
With step-by-step instructions, lifestyle suggestions, and more than 100 healthful, delicious recipes, Living Foods for Optimum Health provides everything you need to take control of your health and well-being.
"An important and eminently readable book for the new era of self-care."
—Marilyn Diamond, co-author of Fit for Life
"A landmark guide to the essentials of healthy living."
—From the foreword by Coretta Scott King
"This book will open the way to a healthier and happier millennium."
—Helen Nearing, author of Living the Good Life and mother of the Back to Earth Movement
"Living food will change your life."
—Kenny Loggins, musician and composer
"The way to optimum health is more natural food. Thanks, Brian, for leading the way."
—Edgar Mitchell, Sc.D., Apollo Astronaut and founder of The Institute of Noetic Sciences
About the Authors
Brian R. Clement, a leader in natural health and healing, is director of the Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida, and founding director of the Coalition of Holistic Health.
Theresa Foy DiGeronimo is adjunct professor of English at The William Patterson College of New Jersey and author of numerous books, including The Natural Way of Healing Chronic Pain.
"Living foods" are foods eaten in their fresh, natural state, without chemical additives or other harmful additions and served, for the most part, raw. For more than 30 years, the Hippocrates Health Institute has been teaching people how to eat living foods and improve their health. Complete with sample menus and more than 100 appetizing recipes, this guide, prepared by the director of the Institute, makes the latest research and instructions available to all.