The SimplyRaw Kitchen: Plant-Powered, Gluten-Free, and Mostly Raw Recipes for Healthy Living
The SimplyRaw Kitchen by Natasha Kyssa is a great book for anyone already leading a Raw diet, or simply wanting to learn a little more, try new things and discover food in a new form.
There are many lifestyle choices when it comes to food. Some choose vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian and trending lately is the raw lifestyle. One of the things I discovered with The SimplyRaw Kitchen is how diverse it can be.
The author, Natasha Kyssa is a former international fashion model who transitioned from an unhealthy lifestyle to one of raw foods. She’s remained true to the Raw lifestyle for more than 25 years. It’s something she is passionate about and shares with others as a food consultant and restaurateur. In her free-time she can be found running marathons. In sharing her lifestyle choice, Kyssa promotes a balanced, flexible diet created for individual constitutions and based on fresh plant foods, gluten-free, toxin-free.
The Raw lifestyle has been said to give folks more energy, help lose weight and reverse some sicknesses.
For Natasha, her kitchen seems void of the appliances that fill my cupboards. She doesn’t use a microwave and none of the recipes in this book call for the use of an oven or stove top. It’s pretty impressive…brownies, soups, pumpkin pie–it’s all in here. According to a 2005 study by the University of Washington School of Medicine , when compared to those on the Standard American Diet, raw food lifestyle people had less chronic inflammation, lower cholesterol, and less IGF-1, a growth factor that, when elevated, is associated with increased risk of breast and prostate cancers.
If you follow celebrities and their diet’s the Raw lifestyle is the choice of Sting and Demi Moore.
It’s really wild to think that at one time Kyssa lived a life filled with eating disorders, cigarette smoking and food-related addiction. She admits the hardest part of anything is the transition. For those going full throttle, there may be flu-like symptoms, muscle soreness and irritability. After all, we’ve been adding toxins to our bodies for a long time.
The photographs are beautiful and rich in color. They seem more simple than complex and offer a variety of textures and flavors to satisfy.
The book is designed as a 28-detox program. I might try it, but for now, I’m content looking through the pictures, reading the recipes and reading through the information on transitioning to a raw foods lifestyle.