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02-14-2006, 06:47 AM
has anyone read david wolfe's sunfood diet success system? i was wondering if it was worthwhile, especially since it costs so darn much.
thanks in advance.
(hope this is the right place to post this; please advise, Rawkinlocs.)
02-14-2006, 06:59 AM
We have that book, it's a nice book and it does have alot of information, but I can't say I have used it all that much.
I have used Alissa's book and the internet more!
Don't know if that will help you or not!
02-14-2006, 07:11 AM
i've found david's book to be without a doubt the best resource regarding raw food on the market. thorough and life-changing.
...meticulously....almost annoyingly thorough. I read it a long time ago- before I started eating solely raw foods, the "percentages," etc..were really confusing, and turned me off a tad because he seemed to be taking something that should be easy and making it way too "math-oriented" and difficult- then last year, I gave it another read...much better.
02-14-2006, 11:50 AM
I held off buying it because I have accumulated so many books, but I'm so glad I finally got it because his reasoning makes a LOT of sense. Don't get caught up in the technical stuff. His basic premises are well-thought out and enlightening. More of a resource book I think.
02-14-2006, 06:26 PM
thanks to everyone. as you can read, i got a variety of perspectives on this book. not sure whether to get it - perhaps through ebay if i can find it cheap enough, or if the library system carries it.
i, too, have been reading more and more and using the internet as a valuable resource. i'm still trying to find a balance for my body. i cannot simply eat whatever raw fruits, veggies, etc. i feel like having. that's just been a sure way for me to put on weight and not feel great. so, i'm still looking for the best way to get the right balance.
in the meantime, the learning curve continues!
02-14-2006, 08:15 PM
Good Luck, Surfergrrl!
Have you tried www.amazon.com?
02-14-2006, 08:43 PM
I have found www.half.com to be very reasonable also.
02-14-2006, 08:47 PM
I have heard (through an email from his website) that a new edition of this book, or simply a reprinting is being released in March.
You may want to wait to see if anything new has been added before you make your purchase. That's my plan.
02-14-2006, 08:50 PM
I really liked this book, I think I'll read it again :D
02-14-2006, 08:56 PM
WOW! I just checked half.com and amazon.com and prices ranged from $45.00 to $62.50!! :eek: I checked the copy I have(I'm borrowing it from someone) and it says $29.95!!
I also just checked ebay.com and prices were still really high! $49.99 and $76.23!!
WOW :eek: :eek: :eek:
I think waiting for the new edition would be a good choice :o
02-15-2006, 02:09 AM
I agree w/ Pansy's first post.
02-15-2006, 02:13 AM
I have read it, didn't care for it,
My number one book of choice for all things raw, recipes, testimonials, lifestyle is Alissa's Living on Live Foods,
number two is Victoria Boutenko's 12 steps to raw
then Rhio's Hooked on Raw
I have about 50 raw books, and these are the ones I read and re-read, and loan out and get back, and suggest, and get info from.
02-15-2006, 04:45 AM
The new release is a totally new rewrite. I think the second hand ones are so expensive because the last edition has been unavailable for quite a while. I expect they will drop in March when the new issue is released. I'd wait.
02-15-2006, 09:54 AM
That's so weird! I live north of San Diego and picked mine up from a guy who knows (loosely) David Wolfe. I paid $20 for the book (it is brand new) about 3 weeks ago. The price on it was $19.95. I'm glad I got the first edition because he speaks about eating very naturally, no supplements. Now, his business, Nature's First Law, is big on promoting supplements, so I think he'll incorporate that into the next edition, which I'm not sure I want to hear. When it comes out I'll definitely want to peruse it first.
Quite frankly, I found his approach very similar to Alissa's in regard to ENJOYING what you eat, not worrying about what or how much, except he makes more of a point of knowing the balance your body needs overall, which for some people is very important to watch (like me who has a continuing candida problem unlike most who switch to raw and are blissfully released from worry in that area).
02-15-2006, 10:39 AM
many thanks to all for your input about this book. WOW. what a great resource all here prove to be for one another. naturally, alissa gets the first kudos for promoting this site in the first place.
while we're here, who liked gabriel cousins' rainbow green live cuisine?
02-15-2006, 10:54 AM
I liked Gabriel Cousin's book better!
02-15-2006, 01:09 PM
I liked Gabriel Cousens book Rainbow green and have used some of the recipes. I love Alissa's book the best and have used it the most by far. I also like the recipes in The Raw Food Detox Diet, Raw food made easy, and Raw Food for busy people-all of which are very good. I have Living with Green Power and Raw food Real world and have started looking through those for extra recipes... we'll see. I think I have plenty of books :) Right now I am mainly focusing on Alissa's since the recipes are usually uncomplicated for a beginner like myself!
My husband teases me that I don't have a clothing budget or jewelry budget... I have a book budget :eek:
I got the David Wolfe at the library. I usually check the books out of the library before I buy them :)
I actually gave G Cousens book away to the chef who prepared our wonderful raw food dishes in Maui. I found it very hard to read, don't know if it was the size of the print or what ? But I did not like it at all.I tried a few of the recipes and liked nothing I made.
I found all the whys of raw from Alissas & Boutnekos books. I then pikced up books in search of more recipes...but I still only use Alissas book 90% of the time.
I love Raw Food Real World, Raw the uncook book and Living Raw. I have a bunch I should post and find new homes for !
02-15-2006, 07:32 PM
I did not like Cousens books either, although I liked the simplicity of his recipes. He is into heavy classification of people types, kundallini and other mystic stuff, which I do not care about.
David Wolfe is clear and inpirational. I do agree, that new edition probably will be full of praises to supplements which I do not believe in, unless person is starving because of lack of food.
Love Boutenko's books - very simple, but very down to earth and inspirational.
Brenda Cobb and Ann Wigmore - the most restrictive raw foodism with heavy cleansing routine(enemas, colonics, wheat grass implants), but they achieved the most impressive results with disease treatment(cancer and others.) And despite huge results, they do not endorse any supplements as a part of raw diet, not even in cancer case.
Love Rhio's Hooked on Raw, very clear and simple. She is the only one who doesn't like Vitamix. Although Cobb likes just one model, which will not overheat food.
02-15-2006, 08:31 PM
surfergrrl...get it. you won't be sorry.
02-17-2006, 09:28 PM
see...ask a simple question...thanks loads for all the insightful replies. i think we each have our preferences in what we are looking for. have you noticed, some find certain books easy to follow, love the recipes, etc...while others find the opposite to be true. still, we can really learn something from what each one has to say. i feel that all of your views are important to me.
so thanks for taking the time to reply.
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