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In this cheery manifesto, healthy-living guru Freston (Quantum Wellness) promises readers who gives up meat, dairy, and eggs that they will effortlessly lose weight, avoid cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer's, save money, help the poor, reduce their carbon footprint and animal suffering, and evolve spiritually. Freston, coining the word "veganist," puts a soft edge on the vegan lifestyle: "It's not about hard lines or purity or perfection but about intention and holding ideas loosely and taking steps in the direction of the kind of person you want to be." She supports her claims with interviews from medical authorities like Dean Ornish and Neal Barnard, numerous stories from people who converted and changed their lives, and a few tales from animal rights activists who went undercover in the factory farm. The book provides "tips for making the switch," FAQs answered by Dr. Barnard, and sample menus, but no recipes, so readers used to meat and potatoes may be stymied by how to prepare "flax seed and whole-grain pizza with classic margherita topping." Even so, for the novice, this book offers a gentle, guilt-free path to a meatless (or even, as Feston says, "vegan-ish") life.
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"For the novice, this book offers a gentle, guilt-free path to a meatless (or even, as Freston says, "vegan-ish") life." ---Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Weinstein Books; First Edition edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602861331
  • ASIN: B0057D8R6Y
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #741,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kathy Freston is the New York Times bestselling author of Quantum Wellness and The One. She has produced a popular series of guided-meditation CDs on relationships, healing the body, creating prosperity, losing weight, and destressing. Her work has been featured in Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, Self, W, and Fitness, among other publications, and she has appeared on Oprah, The View, Good Morning America, and The Martha Stewart Show. She and her husband divide their time between New York and Los Angeles.

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199 of 209 people found the following review helpful By Foodie Designer on January 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World, by Kathy Freston, is a guide describing how eating a vegan diet can help you lose weight and be healthier, be kind to animals, and to the environment. It is also a book about how eating plant-based foods can make your own life more spiritual.

Each chapter details a benefit of eating vegan and has expert commentary and real life success stores. For instance, the first few chapters deal with the health benefits of eating vegan and how people with diseases--heart disease, diabetes, cancer--were able to reverse or eliminate them with the change in their diets.

Freston writes about how eating vegan is better for the planet because there is less of a carbon imprint when your diet is plant-based than when you eating meat and dairy.

How most animals raised for meat are treated is also discussed. So is the condition of most chickens raised for their eggs. This is a tough chapter to read about...

There is a Q&A in the book.

Freston also includes sample menus of what she typically might eat in a three week period. They are varied and interesting....which is her point, since many people assume a vegan diet is very limited and boring.

There is a helpful list of staples and where to buy them, beginning with the big box grocery store and includes Trader Joe's (For those of you unfamiliar with this chain, TJ's is both inexpensive and has an awesome selection of organic and natural products.) She also includes health food stores. A very good list for anyone not familiar with vegan diets and where to buy ingredients.

For those of you familiar with her other books, Freston does not lecture, but kindly encourages the vegan lifestyle...
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139 of 150 people found the following review helpful By Michael Greger on February 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a physician trying to focus on preventive medicine, I'm always on the look out for simple, practical, positive, motivational materials to recommend to my patients to keep them and their families as healthy as possible. What I like about this book is that it covers all the new research that shows one cannot only slow down and stop the progression of some of our top killers like heart disease and diabetes, but actually reverse chronic disease. That's the revolutionary new concept in clinical nutrition and the author covers all the movers and shakers in the field. It's an exciting time to be practicing lifestyle medicine and this is captured in this book. Normally I just tell patients to go to the library and get whichever books I'm recommending, but this one's so good I'll think I'll get a few cases and just give them away!
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Jeanette Hall on March 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I saw this author on Oprah one day, purely by accident, and decided to read her book with an open mind. I began "leaning into" the vegan diet as the author suggests (had by no means become a ranting, raving vegan) and in 6 weeks I have lost 11 pounds, 4 inches off my waist and 4 inches off my hips...without doing one single minute of exercise or being the slightest bit hungry. I was not overweight AT ALL in the beginning (5'4", 136 pounds), so I did not make this decision because I felt the need to lose weight. My family has rampant heart disease and diabetes, along with terrible osteoporosis, arthritis and other inflammatory disease symptoms. I had wanted to start eating more healthfully for a long time, and this way of eating just made perfect sense to me.
I've always known that the conditions animals endure to become our food are bad; but I am a bleeding heart animal lover and could never make myself watch any of the videos or movies on the daughter recommended watching "Food Inc" and I told her there was absolutely no way I could make myself watch it...I'd have nightmares forever after. In fact, I had put this book off to the side because I had come to the chapter on animal farms and didn't want to read about it. I finished this book tonight and I FORCED myself to read the chapter on the horrific conditions under which animal farms operate. I have eaten my last piece of meat, period. Forever. That may not be everyone's choice, but it is mine, and to each his own. Personally, I do not want any animal to suffer unbearable pain and cruelty so I can have a's just not worth it to me.
My advice is read it with an open mind, try it, and see if you don't love the way your body looks and feels. I guarantee you'll be buying smaller pants like I have had to do!
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79 of 90 people found the following review helpful By C. Holbein on February 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Since I've started following Kathy's advice, I've lost unwanted body fat while actually improving in strength and endurance at the gym. The Veganist might be her best book yet. I went vegan because I am opposed to the well-documented cruelty of the meat, egg and dairy industries, but i love the health benefits i've experienced. Thanks Kathy!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By J. Paschal on February 8, 2011
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I'm not sure what the other reviewers were expecting, but if one is relying on what they see on Oprah, then there's a problem. I happen to think that this is a good resource book (not cookbook) for those interested in a plant based diet and or getting healthy. The book puts a good resource list together that way one can go directly to the websites which the author recommends. She takes the "burden" out of sitting all day and looking at what could potentially be websites not worth the while! Being vegan already, any new info on the market (in a positive light) is always a good thing. I recommend this book for those who are curious about being vegan.
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