I like Susan Schenk's book Live Food Factor, but like Avril i prefer the first edition. In this online article there's a link to an interview with Susan where she discusses the specifics for going raw. There are so many ways of doing it, and so much of what the so-called "experts" say is quite similar. Here are the common themes (which are also backed up by my own experience):
- cooked foods are addictive and can be darn hard to manage when transitioning to a raw lifestyle;
- eating raw is not only good for your health, it is more economical and it is healthier for the planet;
- eating organic is definitely more important no matter whether it's raw or cooked. the nutritional profile is so much higher;
- eating less food is as important as eating more raw, vegan foods. the body uses enzymes to digest food and these enzymes are also important as building blocks for other organs in the body;
- a living foods diet is gives you more energy, puts a spring in your step and a glow to your skin;
- everyone is different, so depending on your type you may need to balance with either more nuts (oils) or more greens. this is individual, and it can change over time.