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The fun and easy way to live a vegan lifestyle

The more your know about how your food is produced and processed, and how this affects your health, the more appealing it becomes to follow a happier and healthier pathway through life by eating a vegan diet. Whether you're trying to figure out if a vegan diet is right for you or are looking for guidance to make the switch, Living Vegan For Dummies has it covered!

  • "Ve-gan" at the beginning — get the lowdown on vegan living and eating and advice on how quickly (or slowly) you can make the transition

  • Planting the seeds of change — find out how to build a healthy vegan diet to make sure you get all the protein and other nutrients you need

  • Sticking to your guns — get vegan-focused cooking and shopping tips, advice on how to keep the peace with meat eaters in your home, and meal-planning tips to help you stay true to your goals

  • Tasting is believing — get delicious and easy-to-follow vegan recipes for breakfast, sides, lighter meals and main courses, and even desserts

  • Going beyond the food — step out of the kitchen and learn how you can embrace the whole vegan lifestyle by shopping for animal-free clothing and footwear, vegan health and beauty aids, and household products

  • Vegan living out in the real world — discover how you can walk the vegan walk at hotels, restaurants, and just about any social situation

Open the book and find:

  • How a plant-based diet is better for you

  • Strategies for selecting the best transition plan for your lifestyle

  • Real facts about protein and other nutrients

  • 40 tasty recipes that even nonvegans will enjoy

  • Tips on how to stock your pantry with vegan-friendly foods

  • Quick and healthy vegan snacks

  • Excellent "mock" meats

  • Advice on checking food labels

  • Guidance on educating family, friends, and your community

About the Author

Alexandra Jamieson, CHHC, AADP, is a professionally trained vegan chef and board-certified holistic health counselor. She has appeared on Oprah, The Final Word, 30 Days, and The National Health Test with Bryant Gumbel. She was also featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary Super Size Me.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (December 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470522143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470522141
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alex Jamieson is a holistic weight loss, nutrition and lifestyle coach, detox expert, professionally trained healthy gourmet chef, and "cravings whisperer."

She has been seen on Oprah, Martha Stewart Living, CNN, Fox News, USA Today and People Magazine. Alex was the inspiration and co-starred in the Oscar-nominated documentary Super Size Me.

In her three books, Vegan Cooking For Dummies , Living Vegan For Dummies, and The Great American Detox Diet, Alex offers remarkably sane - and tasty - advice on how to detox, live healthfully and feel fantastic.

She lives in Brooklyn where she juggles, somewhat gracefully, raising her 6 year old son, running her company, and riding her bicycle to the food co-op.

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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Ariel Kane on December 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is laid out in simple, easy to read sections that give everyone tools to eat healthier and be happier about their food choices. Whether you are a meat lover looking for heart healthier choices, or a person who has moved totally away from animal based products, this book has much to offer. What I particularly enjoyed was how author Alexandra Jamieson approached the subject of Living Vegan in a way that makes it accessible for readers with all levels of interest. She also is extremely skillful at offering ideas and approaches that will allow vegans and non-vegans to enjoy each other's company at meal times. This book is filled with useful tips and strategies, recipes and cooking tips. It addresses a wide range of things including menus and meal planning, cooking at home and eating out, spices and storing food, supplements and snacks, dealing with finicky eaters, weight loss and even how to counter what commercials are teaching your kids. Ms. Jamieson excels at delivering the content in a relaxed non-judgmental tone while educating readers in the benefits and ease of Living Vegan. By the way, this may sound silly but even the index in the back of the book is interesting! Get your own copy and see.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Susan Donlon on December 8, 2009
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Prior to reading this book I thought becoming vegan would be a task way to difficult to handle. Boy was I wrong! This insightful and entertaining book draws a clear map in answering questions about becoming and maintaining a vegan diet and lifestyle in a easy and fun way.

In a clear concise way the chapters outline answers to the "whys", "how tos" and "now what" questions I had about a vegan lifestyle. I write lifestyle because that is just one of many things I discovered about veganism. In that this is a community of conscious, spirited, passionate individuals who are choosing how they want to live their lives and not just mechanically filling up on market promoted choices for their diet and product purchases.

One of the most surprising discoveries I learned from reading "Living Vegan for Dummies" is that I actually eat much more vegan and choose more vegan products than I had realized. Tweaking here and there, introducing more healthy foods and products is not a huge leap for me and the benefit I reap is a bountiful, delicious, healthy lifestyle that feels great!

I highly recommend picking up your copy of "Living Vegan For Dummies" today so you too can discover alternate ways to eat and purchase goods that support you and your family in living in a healthy, satisfying and meaningful way.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By L. Pemberton on December 14, 2009
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Thanks Alexandra for writing a book on vegan choices that made me laugh, was informative and didn't make me feel like a bad person for the way I had been living. I admit it I was worried a book about veganisim would be preachy. But no, not one sermon! I thought that I was more Vegan curious than thinking of going full on vegan. Then I realized, I didn't really even know what a full on vegan life might look like. Well, I found out there are foods I really enjoy eating and have been eating on a regular basis. I didn't have to be "weird" even to myself to take the healthful options for me, loved ones and the planet. And maybe even most importantly, I enjoyed discovering a new world view. So many surprises, to name a few: fun recipes that I look forward to trying, a great list of cosmetic companies that give me opportunities I hadn't expected to look good while I'm eating good tasty foods. Treat yourself to this wonderful book it's a well written, easy read. Buy it, read it and share it, just for the fun of it!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Judy Mines on December 20, 2009
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Who knew reading a book about becoming a vegan could be informative, fun and easy to understand. I must admit before I read this book, the thought of becoming a vegan was completely overwhelming to me. I thought "what could I possibly eat to get the proper nutrition, and how would being a vegan fit into my life". Alex answers all of these questions and more. The introduction lays out how the book is organized along with helpful hints of how to get the most out of the book.

The book includes basic menus, recipes and how to transition into living a vegan lifestyle. I had all of my questions answered and did not feel like a dummy at all.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that is curious about, or interested in becoming Vegan.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jasmin Singer on October 12, 2010
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Living Vegan for Dummies is a go-to for everything vegan... It's a "health" book but so much more, and anybody who cares about health, the planet, and animals should open this book. I got a copy for a non-vegan friend of mine who is enjoying experimenting with the recipes in it, and I also got this book for a pregnant vegan friend who is loving the chapter about pregnancy. As a long-time vegan, I also love this book and though I thought it would all be like a Veganism101, it's more than that too... It is thought-provoking, easy to read, and entertaining. I love this book
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Neal Barnard on January 11, 2010
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If you've wanted to get the well-known benefits of a vegan diet--losing weight, boosting your energy, cutting your cholesterol or blood pressure, tackling diabetes--but you were not sure how to get started, this book is the perfect primer. It covers everything you need to know, and makes it really simple. I especially appreciate the book's sense of humor. Even when touching on the details of nutrition or the challenges of eating a healthy diet in a not-so-healthy world, Alex guides the reader with such warmth and lightness that the book is really a delight.
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