Emma MacDougall runs the rather brilliant raw food blog, Raw Food Scotland. Her site is informative and full of ideas whilst being super-friendly, vibrant and so much fun to read. So when I heard Emma had released a new e-book I was very excited to get my hands on a copy. Emma is one of those raw food educators who just seems to have so much FUN with eating raw that I couldn’t wait to read her pearls of wisdom!
‘So You Want To Be a Raw Foodist?‘ is unique. It’s not a recipe book or a nutrition manual, but a straightforward guide on incorporating more raw food into your diet. Without any guidance or support, that’s not always as easy as it sounds.
What I loved about this book is that it really simplifies the notion of raw food. Emma makes clear raw is a way of eating that you choose to follow because you want to. One thing this book won’t do is put any pressure on you to eat more raw food, drum away about how terrible cooked food is, or create some complicated nutritional science around eating raw that would daunt anyone let alone a beginner. There are plenty of other raw food books out there for that!
What ‘So You Want To Be a Raw Foodist?’ will do is:
- Make you think about your own raw journey and why you’re embarking on it. The book is dotted with exercises and questions to help you along, which are incredibly useful – you’re not going to eat more raw long-term unless you’re focused on why you’re doing it!
- Offer some fantastic and very do-able ways to incorporate more raw into your diet. (This section of the book is genius!)
- Offer ideas on how to eat raw socially, explaining your diet to family and friends, or eating raw when you have a non-raw partner (Emma’s previous e-book, Me Raw: You Cooked, was on this very subject).
- Give ideas on where to get support in your local community.
- Give tons and tons of inspiration in the form of interviews with raw foodies, who’ve been eating raw for anything from months to years. Reading how other ‘real life’ people have made the transition can be both comforting and motivational.
So would I recommend this e-book? For those who are already eating as much raw as they ever want to and always find it easy – might not be top of the reading list. But for beginners – definitely. For those who’ve read a lot about raw but haven’t actually made much change to their diet – definitely. And for those who already eat a lot of raw but struggle from time to time – definitely.
You can download Emma’s book for £6.99 here, and be sure to have a good browse around her blog while you’re at it.