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Vegan Lifestyle 101
on April 10, 2012
This is an excellent straight forward guide to those new to veganism (like myself). It's perfect in the sense, that it deals with the dietary and everyday aspects of adhering to a vegan diet; more so than the ethical and health reasons for becoming vegan initially (which he does deal with briefly in the beginning).
If one is looking for a book about the ethics and problems with modern factory farming and eating meat, then I suggest 'Eating Animals' by Jonathan Saffran-Foer. Or, if you're looking for a book detailing the health reasons, there is perhaps no more of a compelling book than 'The China Study' by Dr Colin Campbell and his son, and 'Eat to Live' by Dr Joel Fuhrman.
Like I said, the great thing about Erik's book, is the tidbits of information he provides regarding the everyday choices one faces, and the pitfalls to avoid whilst making this lifestyle change.
What puts most people off the notion of adhering to a vegan diet, is largely misinformation and not being well informed enough about what to do, and how to do it.
To be honest, initially, it won't be easy. We live in a world where everything is saturated with meat and animal products. Learning to avoid animal products initially is an exercise in sticktoitiveness. With time however, like all things, you'll become adept at it and won't give it a second thought.
If there is one piece of practical information that'll work wonders, in helping you stick to a vegan diet, it would be getting a hold of a few vegan cookbooks!
Whatever your reasons for wanting to become a vegan, this book will help you cross the chasm between theory and practical.