Eating for Beauty was written with raw food enthusiasts in mind. The raw food diet is most certainly about beauty: the beauty of nature, the beauty of health, and the beauty of body, mind and soul. David Wolfe, the author of Eating for Beauty, is a shining example of beauty and health in the raw food movement. He has been a leading authority and educator on raw foods for years. In this book, he reveals how to shine with the beauty that is already present within you.
When I first heard that David Wolfe had written a book titled Eating for Beauty, I was a bit put off. I thought it was going to be shallow, just focusing on how to be more physically attractive. But as I read this book from cover to cover, I was quite impressed. He makes a very logical point that by the eating certain foods, we are in fact creating a certain person. We are made from the food we eat, in a very literal sense. The more life force we eat, the more life force we will have in our bodies. The body uses vitamins and minerals to nourish our organs, such as the skin, hair and eyes. Clear, glowing skin, strong nails and bright eyes are all signs of a healthy, well nourished body, and they're all benefits of a raw food diet.
David Wolfe goes into great detail about some of the most beautifying foods on the planet. He dedicates a section to each of the following: aloe vera, arugula, burdock, coconuts, cucumbers, durian, figs, hemp seeds, macadamia nuts, nettles, olives, onions, papaya, pumpkin seeds, radishes, turmeric, and watercress. These foods contain high amounts of "beauty minerals," like silicon and sulfur. They are also very cleansing and energizing. Papaya is especially high in natural enzymes, and durian contains tryptophan, an amino acid that helps elevate seretonin levels in the brain. Coconut contains a very unique substance called lauric acid, which is incredibly antifungal and antiviral. The fats found in coconut, hemp seeds, and macadamia nuts are extremely nourishing. When included in a balanced raw diet, these foods have the power to transform your body and mind.
Besides listing specific foods, he also talks generally about which foods are best and which foods should be avoided. For instance, when choosing what to eat, go for foods that most closely resemble foods found in the wild. These foods will contain more minerals and stronger life energy. Many fruits and vegetables today are hybrids and have been genetically modified to be low in nutrition and high in sugar. This book does a great job in educating its reader about which foods are TRULY health foods, and which are not. You may be surprised!
Mental diet - feeding the mind through thought - is also an important element of beauty. A positive outlook and an enthusiastic demeanor will give you a glow and attract others with similar vibrations. A smile is by far the best, and cheapest, accessory you can wear to become more beautiful.
Yoga also creates a beautiful body by strengthening muscles and creating symmetry through balance and grace. Yoga enables muscles to release stagnant energy and increase the flow of life force throughout the body. This is very important when trying to cultivate a beautiful glow. Exercise provides the cells with oxygen, while stretching helps the organs and muscles to release toxins and rejuvenate.
I especially loved the Kirlian photography pictures throughout the book. Kirlian photography is a way of actually measuring the energy and life in a certain food. The pictures of raw organic food shine with light as if electricity were circulating through the veins of the plant, where as the cooked food looks dull and lifeless. People speak of the "life force" in raw foods, calling the raw diet a "living foods diet." Through Kirlian photography it's easy to see just how blatantly real this concept is. The photographs are so beautiful, especially the picture of the starfruit, which has an amazingly symmetrical energy field. I would love to have one of these photographs magnified and made into a poster for my room!
Near the end of the book there are some amazing testimonials to the raw food beauty diet. You will see through these testimonials that others have overcome many serious health problems and regained their health and vibrancy through raw foods. Reading their stories, their insights, and their wisdom will inspire you to incorporate Eating for Beauty into your own life and being.
While Eating for Beauty does indeed focus on physical beauty, it focuses on that beauty which is already present, that natural beauty which all human beings posses, if we would only let the light shine through. Raw foods, yoga, proper sleep and a positive outlook with a heart full of love will without a doubt overwhelm you with your ever-existing beauty. If becoming more of who you are (more beautiful) is something that you're interested in, than this book was written for you! Thank you David Wolfe for sharing with us, through Eating for Beauty, your incredible wealth of knowledge and insight. Eat for life, love and happiness, and you will be Eating for Beauty! --reviewed by Anna Hays