Mounting evidence has shown that heat destroys many of the nutrients found in raw, living food, rendering it harder to digest, nutritionally diminished, and even toxic to the body. Raw food is catching on! From Hollywood stars with personal chefs, to a host of chic new Manhattan restaurants, the Raw Food movement is sweeping the country as people learn about the dramatic health benefits derived by eating a vegan diet in which food is never heated above 118 degrees Fahrenheit. But where does one begin? Knowing that Raw food is good for you is one thing; actually adopting the Raw vegan diet is something else. Whether you're interested in diving deep into the Raw vegan lifestyle or just testing the water and easing into it, you'll benefit by having an expert show you the way. Raw food chef Kristen Suzanne leads you step-by-step through the How? and Why? of introducing more Raw, plant-based foods into your diet and daily routine. Unlike Raw recipe books, this one-of-a-kind Raw Lifestyle guide provides expert advice and super easy tips and tricks for changing your habits and succeeding with the world's healthiest diet. You'll learn what to expect physically, what to expect emotionally, how to get started, how to handle cravings, how to order in restaurants, how to travel, how to handle questions from friends and co-workers, and how to deal with family members or introduce them to the Raw food lifestyle. In this friendly, funny, candid, and sometimes shockingly irreverent volume, Chef Kristen becomes your best friend, Raw food guide, and mentor, helping to ensure your success in what promises to be one of the most physically and mentally rewarding journeys of your life.