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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2012
I am not a raw food vegan and I enjoyed this diet. I have been stuck at the same weight for about a year and back in January I noticed it starting to go up, and there was little I could do to control it. For those who are not aware of the trend, you don't have to be 100% raw food vegan to go raw. Something as making a simple conscious effort as adding a salad at lunch, fresh fruit for a snack, and dinner is considered raw. Raw is about striving to add more whole, uncooked, and unprocessed food to your diet. Most people eat 'raw' without knowing it. I like Ani because she is one of the more moderate Raw advocates out there, even acknowledging sometimes you just need a hot food in area that have colder months(like Canada!).

I lost 14 lbs on this diet in two weeks, pairing it with a boot-camp type workout 5 times a week. I was never hungry (in fact, sometimes I couldn't finish all the food), and my blood stayed level. I finished about a month a ago and the weight has stayed off, in fact by incorporating some of the recipes into my routine I am still loosing weight. The food is very flavorful which is also nice (for all the health benefits you hear about herds and spices I never understood why some diets were so bland). Although I am not going to lie, there were times when I just had to chug some of the soups and smoothies. The one thing you need to invest in is a high speed blender or good quality blender.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2012
Like all of Any Phyo's book, this one proposes delicious recipes. Most of all, all of the recipes are simple, requiring no dehydrating or special tools except for a good blender. She also proposes a 15 day calendar easy to follow. For now, I have tried 7 recipes and liked all of them.
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on May 8, 2014
I bought this book 2 years ago, shortly after it came out. I geared myself up, and followed the whole 15 days to a tee. I don't know how much weight I lost (don't own a scale), but it did work. I definitely got lighter and tighter, and it was most noticeable after about 7 days in (my tummy was flat!). I didn't keep the weight off forever, but then, I don't eat raw or even super great everyday, so that's to be expected.

What I loved about the book is that there is so much variety. Some people said some of the recipes aren't so great, and I agree, but at least once that one is done, you know you don't have to have it again! And some are so good that I have a hard time not making it every day (Beauty Berry shake, for example). I did find, while trying some of them on and off again after the 15 days, that it's better (for my tastes) to blend the shakes in the high speed blender for a good 1 full minute. That warms them slightly, though, so then I tried making them ahead of time and let them cool down in the fridge for a couple of hours or even overnight. That way they're cold when you drink them. I put them in a glass and just drink them down, and that makes the "worst" of them much more palatable.

There's also variety in the ingredients, but they're all easy for me to find in a big city. Someone mentioned how it was a hassle to have so many ingredients and that they have the same shake every day. Well, you need a variety of vitamins and minerals, and different combinations thereof to be optimally healthy. So this book does do a good job of that!

I'm on my second time following the guide as-is. 3.5 days in and I've already lost weight. Sometimes after dinner I still feel hungry, but never during the day. There's too much to eat! Also, it's really only the first 3 days that I feel that way. Once the solid food kicks in, it's even harder to eat everything on the list, and last time I didn't even end up eating everything.
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on March 19, 2013
My partner and I did this cleanse together, and I will say we felt great. It did really,really, make me wise I had a better blender. I think this whole program would have been more palatable with a Vitamix. As is, it was still fun and educational, it was nice to realize raw is something doable and not tonnes of work. Personally, I just need more variety in my life- so many soups taste the same, even if they have slightly different ingredients. The salads though, I still eat all the time. She has some really great and delectable ideas when it comes to solid food. I would suggest this to anyone who has some background experience with raw food, vegan food, and smoothies, who is looking to challenge themselves and clean up their system.
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on March 11, 2015
This is a good book if you want to learn how to lose weight on a raw food diet. The recipes are delicious and easy to prepare. I've got another of her books ' Ani's Raw Food Asia: Easy East-West Fusion Recipes the Raw Food Way' which is also excellent.
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on March 11, 2013
I have most of Ani's books now and, frankly, this is one of her better ones. While I have enjoyed a number of her recipes in the past, I have found she does like to add quite a bit of oil to some dishes (mainly her soups). In my opinion, her strong point has always been her salads and "mylks". In this book she has added coconut oil and nuts to many recipes; however, there are recommendations for substitutions and/or offending ingredients can simply be omitted. She puts an emphasis on Omega 3s, which ties in well with another book I recently purchased, "Ray and Beyond" and the plan seems well designed. Ani writes in her typical informal style, but this seems to be her way of trying to provide as much info as possible in small bites.

In general, I'm happy I purchased this book and I'm enjoying incorporating the new recipes into my meal planning.
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on September 9, 2013
The book have good recipes, very easy to follow. I'm not a vegetarian but loved to try these new recipes.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2013
I purchased this particular book because it offered a varied meal plan and I was looking for some inspiration to get me back on the raw food wagon. I followed this plan to a tee and while I lost 7-10lbs in 2 weeks, I was hungry all the time. I am a petite person, not an overeater and am not overweight so I was surprised to find that I was very hungry so often for most of the 15 days. I definitely felt leaner and tighter, as the book promised, but I think that is mostly due to the fact that my stomach was practically empty. Hits and misses with respect to the recipes. Some were absolutely delicious and some, wretchedly inedible. The title is embarrassingly sensationalist and it was extremely frustrating to read how many times Ani Phyo plugged her other books. I was miserable while consuming most of the liquid recipes in this book and have gained back all of the "fat" I "blasted." If you're looking for a way to go raw, I recommend a different guide. I will be going back to Victoria Boutenko.
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on May 1, 2015
good book for the price
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2013
I loved the book, I loved the recipes and I loved the way I felt while I was doing it. I now continue to eat raw about 75% of the time. I lost some weight but it is the way I feel eating this way that really impressed me. It is an anti-inflammatory diet and aches and pains disappear. I am sold on Organic and continue to get the reverse osmosis/alkaline water. I have told so many people about this cleanse/detox/diet and they have embraced it as well. I think Ani Phyo is brilliant and I am looking forward to getting her other books. The recipes are so great I continue to be excited trying new ones. I know if I over do it on the w/e I can revert back to the diet and get back on track. This book has changed my life!
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