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Not the Only Vegan Resource You MIght Need, But Great Information for the Journey...

  • Nov 4, 2011
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Alicia Silverstone's Vegan/kindness tome went with us on a recent road trip. The passengers in the car passed it around and read up on some of what Alicia had to say. She gives great information on how and why to go Vegan. She shares delicious recipes. Her peanut butter cups and Rustic Pasta are amazing, and many pages in our copy of The Kind Diet have become stained and/or dogeared in the months since the road trip.

Alicia's voice is friendly girl-next-doorsy and she shares little stories, encouragement and pictures from her life. Her book is part why, and focused on the Kindness of plant eating, to animals, the planet and the human body. (Without graphic pictures and horrific stories of packing plants.) The how of her book is broken down into simple categories. In each category, she gives hints and examples and role models.The just getting started category, of those who are taking baby steps into Vegan eating, she labels flirts. The stricter and more devoted Vegan category is next, with tips and hints for those willing and ready to commit to a strict plant-based diet. Finally, she gives insight on the next class of plant-eaters, the Superheroes, those who embrace Veganism and take their passion to the next level. Some of her ingredients are not super easily grabbed at the local grocery store. Some I had not even heard of. She explores the debates on grains, sugars and soy. Discusses organics, pantry supplies, and the pros and cons of eating Nightshade vegetables. Her information includes a good, solid overview of how to get the nutrition the body needs from eating plants.

I don't think this should be the only Vegan cookbook you purchase, if you are Vegan or going that direction. However, it's a good one to grab if you are a flirt, and it should take you to the edge of the Superhero chasm. We refer to it and cook from it often.

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November 05, 2011
A vegan diet should have some protein and red meat. The key is a minimum amount of red meat. Dieters need exercise, plenty of water and flaxseed.
November 07, 2011
Thanks for the comment. Vegans definitely need protein. But most are not going to be okay with red meat. Fortunately, protein comes in all sorts of packages.
November 04, 2011
I've tried a couple of things from this book, but haven't ever actually picked up the book before. Sounds like I'll have to check it out. Thanks, Kelly!
November 07, 2011
It's worth looking into, Devora.
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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 …
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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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