Raw Food Cleanse Review

by The Diet Critic on March 19, 2020

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Raw Food Cleanse: Restore Health and Lose Weight by Eating Delicious, All-Natural Foods – Instead of Starving Yourself, is a book that was written by Penni Shelton.

The Raw Food Cleanse is a book that has been designed to allow its readers to learn about the benefits of eating a raw food diet and to allow those readers to find out how they can adopt this diet in order to achieve better health.

Setting Raw Food Goals

Though the goal of the book is to begin readers on an entirely raw food diet, the author says that even setting a personal goal of eating 80 percent whole raw, fresh, ripe, organic foods will allow an individual to experience noticeable and beneficial results.

Beyond simply providing readers information about the benefits of a Raw Food Cleanse and what goals they should make regarding their eating habits, overall health, and lifestyle, it also provides instructions for various types of Raw Food Cleanse diet. At the beginning of the book, there are a number of questions that the reader must answer about his or her current habits, so that – based on the answers – the personal cleansing and weight loss needs can be identified and the appropriate diet can be selected.

The options are:

  • The 3-Day Energy Boost Cleanse
  • The 7-Day Rejuvenation Cleanse
  • The 14-Day Deep Detox Raw Food Cleanse
  • The 28-Day Total Body Reset Cleanse

There are certain raw foods which must be consumed, based on the diet chosen, but this diet also has a certain level of exercise required, as well. This is because exercise encourages deep healing in the body, as well as faster weight loss. Among the recommended exercises, walking is particularly encouraged, as it provides a gentle introduction to greater activity levels for bettering an individual’s fitness, health, and wellbeing. Yoga is another exercise recommended by the Raw Food Cleanse book.

Raw Food Cleanse Pros

  • Cheap to buy – At the time of this review, the book retails at $12.19. This is a relatively low price compared to other books with similar goals on bookstore shelves. Additionally, beyond a print version, there is also a digital eBook version that sells for less.
  • Healthy foods are encouraged – The diet does encourage the regular consumption of healthy foods, including fruits and vegetables.
  • Exercise is encouraged – Unlike other diets that focus only the food component, the Raw Food Cleanse also promotes maintaining an active lifestyle to help support weight management and stress reduction methods.
  • Sleep is encouraged – This diet also placed focus on the importance of obtaining enough sleep. Research has found that insufficient sleep can undermine a person’s dietary efforts to reduce fat.
  • A wide range of recipes included – Meal plans and a broad range of recipes are offered by this book, and suggestions are made for maintaining the benefits of this diet over time.

Raw Food Cleanse Cons

Extensive dietary change – Following the advice of his book requires the reader to make very large changes in his or her eating and activity habits. While some people may be able to adopt these new eating habits into their lifestyle, the average dieter is likely to find keeping these changes up for the long term to be difficult.

Disruption of regular lifestyle – Some of the longer cleanses, like this one, can be disruptive to the daily routines of most people, due to how regiment the eating plan is.

Unpleasant side effects – It is not uncommon for some people to experience unpleasant symptoms when undergoing a detox diet, including nausea, headaches, and fatigue, so it is very important to speak with a doctor before and during a detoxification diet such as this one.

Ultimately, the Raw Food Cleanse diet is not for everyone. Moreover, when the book was first released in 2010, Shelton had maintained a popular blog called “Give It To Me Raw” and the blog called “Real Food Tulsa”. However, as of March 2014, although the content is still available, Shelton has stopped blogging, making one wonder if she still stands by the information in her book.

While you might be interested in picking up this book and having a read, it remains in your best interest to first consult with your healthcare provider before making this diet a part of your lifestyle.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

KateS. March 5, 2012 at 6:58 pm

I ordered this book online and was not disappointed. I found the recipes were tasty, satisfying, and healthy. My favorite soup is the Ruby’s Smokin’ Hot Tomato and I drink the Chia Custard Shake once a day as a meal replacement. I also really enjoy the Green Beauty and Pico de Gallo. If you are looking for ways to eat more healthy foods that taste good then I would recommend this book.


Yolanda February 3, 2013 at 9:47 am

I’m really glad that I read this review. I bought this book at the start of the new year with a “resolution” sort of purpose in mind. But now it’s February and I still haven’t done anything with it because I wasn’t sure that I’d like the recipes and I didn’t want to dive head first into something that wouldn’t end up being good and that I’d just end up quitting. I’ll get started with those recipes you liked best and get more adventurous from there. Thanks KateS!


Melissa March 17, 2012 at 11:25 pm

I loved this diet when I was following it in the summertime, but this was very unpleasant throughout the winter. I just enjoy warm foods in the winter and it made it really uncomfortable and unpleasant when it was cold out. There was no comfort and enjoyment from my meals so I quit it.


KateS. March 20, 2012 at 6:56 pm

I just find this comment a bit funny-

“There was no comfort and enjoyment from my meals so I quit it.”

To me, being on a diet consists of a lot of hard work and dedication. If you want “comfort,” well don’t look to the healthier meal options because you will likely not find it there. If being thin and healthy were all about “comfort,” then we’d all be thin.


piper madden March 22, 2012 at 6:33 pm

I get what she is saying lol. In winter I make a lot of vegetable soups, something that is nice and warm. Feels good on a cold day but still healthy. I also drink a lot of green/regular tea.


megan April 13, 2012 at 12:12 am

A great book for anyone wanting to increase their health. The information is clear even for newbies and the raw food recipes are easy to follow. This is a great book for anyone looking to up their fruit and veggie intake in a creative and delicious way.


Tara June 2, 2012 at 7:16 pm

This book is cheap, smart, easy to understand, and everything you need to learn how to do it right. The Raw Food Cleanse book provides you with exactly the right information for making sure that you clean out your body in a healthy way.


Bethany August 4, 2012 at 7:22 pm

I’m doing this diet right now and I feel great. I was hungry for a few hours, but then it just passed and I feel like I’m doing something very positive for myself.


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