NAKED FOOD BOOK CLUB REVIEW
Book Title: Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World
Author: Kathy Freston
Publisher / Release Date: Weinstein Books, February 1, 2011
The NEW AUTHENTIC KIND AND ENLIGHTENED DIET (NAKED) celebrates books and cookbooks that embody a philosophy of sustainable health and healing, self-sufficiency and self-care, wisdom, awareness, and consciousness for humans and planet alike.
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WHAT IS NEW:
This is not a book about just becoming/being vegan; it’s a book about becoming a veganist: which author Kathy Freston defines as someone who eats a plant-based diet not just for their own health, but for the benefits to the environment, the animals, and to move toward sustainability.
WHAT IS AUTHENTIC:
Freston wasn’t always vegan, so she knows it can be hard for people who’ve known little else than the Standard American Diet (SAD)—high in saturated fats, cholesterol, and sugar. Veganist is full of information detailing not only why but how to transition to a whole-food, plant-based diet.
WHAT IS KIND:
Veganist’s chapters are listed as promises. From Promise 1: Your Body Will Find and Maintain Its Ideal Weight Effortlessly to Promise 5: You Will Save Money to Promise 10: You Will Evolve—and Take the World with You, Freston does a great job of encouraging and convincing the reader to give plant-based eating a try.
WHAT IS ENLIGHTENED:
Veganist includes a chapter of “Frequently Asked Questions, Answered by the Doctor,” the doctor in question being none other than Dr. Neal Barnard of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. And although there are no recipes, the book includes meal planning ideas and shopping tips.
IS THIS BOOK FOR YOU?
If you’ve heard of a plant-based/vegan diet, but wanted to learn more, this book is for you, especially if you’re currently an omnivore who wants a no-nonsense, practical guide that concisely lists the benefits, answers frequently-asked questions, and gives tips for making the switch. The loss of one star is because the list of meal ideas contains a lot of ready-made processed vegan foods, but for some omnivores, they will be a good transition toward a more whole-food diet.