I should start by saying I'm not new to raw foods, I've been eating raw food for the past 7 years on and off. For anyone new to raw a lot of this could be a little overwhelming, lots of food you may never heard of, but don't worry, you can find them in any health food store or online. Upon receiving my book I was a bit disappointed with there being no pictures. I thought maybe some testimonies would help as well, but there weren't any of those either. The pages were not glossy, which isn't helpful with little spills while in the kitchen.
I've been on the plan for 8 days now and have lost 4 lbs.
Some of the recipes I *love*, like the Coconut Tomato soup. One of the best soups ever, in my opinion:). The salads are really great too, even my husband loved them. He was eating the Spring Salad and saying over and over how it was the best salad he ever had. I made it with "Thermo Dressing". Some of the other recipes I haven't been crazy about, mainly the smoothies. I can't get used to not putting a banana in my smoothie.. so if they included a banana or nuts (for creaminess) then I was happy with them, otherwise it was like drinking slush-- except the Ginger Mango, which I made with brown rice protein and loved it.
As of today I'm in "Phase 3" where I get to add in more foods and even desserts. This is the phase the weight is supposed to "blast off".. fingers crossed.
I've found this plan easy to stick to, fun to shop for and fun to make the recipes. After reading this book I feel more inspired in general to be healthy. My sweet cravings are diminishing and I suddenly have the urge to do yoga like crazy. Crow pose and headstand finally accomplished. :)
If the book had included photos, testimonies, glossy (or just more substantial) pages I would have happily given 5 stars. The content is very informative, inspiring and effective!
**UPDATE: I'm on day 12 and down 7lbs. My goal weight is 2 lbs away and my body has definitely transformed. Flab on triceps--gone. My calves look better than they have ever looked. I've always been extremely self-conscious of them, feeling they are too big for my small frame.. and now I'm just about ready to put on a skirt or dress that shows my legs, for the first time in many, many years. I haven't been running.. normally I will run about 3 miles a few times a week, I have only been doing yoga each day-- anywhere from 20 minutes to 40 minutes to an hour and from that alone and with Ani's plan I have had great results. I'm definitely sticking with this lifestyle. I feel so much better this way.