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'The Kind Diet' - Great Vegetarian and Vegan Resource

  • Jan 7, 2010
'The Kind Diet' reminded me a lot of the books 'Skinny Bitch' and 'Skinny Bastard'. All of these books make a case for why you should go vegetarian. Unlike the 'Skinny...' books, 'Kind Diet' takes a far less confrontational approach with a rather friendly, casual banter. 'The Kind Diet' is really two books in one; the first (approx.) 140 pages is a straight-forward description of how Alicia Silverstone has gone about losing weight, keeping it off, and lifestyle changes. Unlike many of these Hollywood celebrity books, what works best with this one is that Stone does not veer away from the mission of the book; to educate you about the food you're eating, how you can make simple changes to your diet to see results without having to go through complicated exercise routines, busting the myths of the meat/dairy industry and letting you know that being vegetarian and/or vegan is achievable and shows you how to get started. The other part of the book are recipes varying from vegetarian, vegan and 'superhero' which is what I'd consider an extreme level of clean eating.

The Good: I liked the facts that Stone and her co-writer gathered to back up their plea to go vegetarian. While the vegetarian/vegan argument may turn some off, Stone definitely makes a convincing case for both without going over-the-top as occurred with the 'Skinny Bitch' series of books. The writers not only show how eating a plant-based diet will make you healthier but show how it will also improve the environment. This theme of eating 'green' was actually appealing and the facts provided were convincing. I also liked how Stone was upfront that eating super-clean may be costly. When I first picked up the book I went straight for the recipes and noticed that there were ingredients that I could not pronounce let alone even knew about. Yet, seeing her acknowledge the fact that 'The Kind Diet' would be costly depending on what level you wanted to go to was somewhat appeasing. I liked that in one book you not only had great tips for going vegetarian but also the often-times overlooked vegan option as well. With that being said, the book features a lot of vegetables and herbs that gives you a host of things to choose from and try out beyond the standard and expected options. The recipes, though containing some hard-to-find ingredients, are easy to follow and cover everything from breakfast options to desserts for those interested going vegetarian, vegan or hardcore vegetarian/vegan.

The Bad: The reliance on some of these sea vegetables and off-the-wall others makes the recipe section somewhat weak. I'd have liked the recipe section a bit more had the recipes been a bit more budget friendly and found a way to use vegetables and other ingredients that are easier to find rather than those requiring you to go on a scavenger hunt at Whole Foods or some other specialty store. While I liked the vegan and vegetarian information and recommendations (I've read them in other places and have tried them and know they work or get varying degrees of results), I felt on the fence about the 'superhero' diet. Basically, it feels as if you are either going to starve because your limited to only a handful of foods or go broke trying to just maintain this level of commitment.

In all, it's a good book. I'd rely more so on the information part of it and treat the recipes as a starting point for how to add some variety to your meals while going vegetarian/vegan. The ingredients used in the recipes weaken the later half of the book simply because these aren't common, easy to find items and some of them will be costly to either buy or keep on hand. For those looking for a healthy diet plan, this is definitely for you. For those looking for a good book on going vegetarian and vegan, it's also for you.

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review by . November 04, 2011
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review by . October 05, 2010
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review by . November 19, 2009
I loved this book! Over the years I have been weaning myself off meat, trying to eat less of it, not because I didn't like the taste, because my deep love for animals has naturally led me that way. When I stop and really think about it, I really don't enjoy thinking that I'm eating something that had a face, a life and personality but drastic changes like that don't happen overnight, to me this is simply a tool and guide to try and eat little better. I'm not interested in becoming a vegan because …
review by . October 16, 2009
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In The Kind Diet, actress, activist, and committed conservationist Alicia Silverstone shares the insights that encouraged her to swear off meat and dairy forever, and outlines the spectacular benefits of adopting a plant-based diet, from effortless weight loss to clear skin, off-the-chart energy, and smooth digestion. She explains how meat, fish, milk, and cheese—the very foods we’ve been taught to regard as the cornerstone of good nutrition—are actually the culprits behind escalating rates of disease and the cause of dire, potentially permanent damage to our ecology. Yet going meat- and dairy-free doesn’t mean suffering deprivation; to the contrary, The Kind Diet introduces irresistibly delicious food that satisfies on every level—it even includes amazing desserts to keep the most stubborn sweet tooth happy. Alicia also addresses the nutritional concerns faced by many who are new to a plant-based diet, and shows how to cover every nutritional base, from protein to calcium and beyond. Alicia knows that changing life-long dietary habits is a process, and that each person progresses at a different pace. For that reason, The Kind Diet encompasses 3 separate levels, from Flirting to Superhero. Flirts learn to dip a toe into the vegan pool, reducing their meat-eating and swapping out a few key foods for plant-based substitutes to see quickly how even small changes can reap big results. Vegans get to experience the life-altering effects of forgoing ...
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ISBN-10: 1605296449
ISBN-13: 978-1605296449
Author: Alicia Silverstone
Genre: Health, Mind & Body
Publisher: Rodale Books
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