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The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet Paperback – March 15, 2011
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About the Author
Alicia Silverstone, perhaps best known for her generation-defining turn in Clueless, continues to work steadily in film, television, and theater. A dynamic fixture in the acting, political, and scientific communities, she is a dedicated advocate on behalf of the planet and its animals, and was voted "Sexiest Vegetarian Alive" in 2004. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Christopher, and their four rescued dogs.
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The first half of the book talks about all the different reasons to stop eating meat and dairy (so many things I didn't know, especially the environmental effects of the cattle industry) and easy steps to transition to various levels depending on your goals.
Silverstone is not preachy at all and backs up everything she writes with scientific research. But it reads like you are having a conversation with a friend. There are 3 levels; flirting, vegan, superhero. Flirting involves some small changes to reducing meat and dairy from your diet. Vegan is about replacing meat and dairy with vegan versions. They both talk about how to eat healthier and the benefits of not eating animal products. Superhero is not just eating vegan but eating whole foods, no processed foods, even if they are vegan. It also talks about eating food that is seasonal and local. Silverstone is aware that people may move in and out of the different levels and that she herself sometimes does so.
Instead of being a vegetarian, I decided I would try eating vegan. I didn't really think I would be able to stop eating cheese for good, it was a staple of my diet. But after having cheese again after being off dairy for several days, it made me feel ill. Within a month, I was done with animal products. I was easily able to skip to eating whole foods as replacement foods are expensive and it was summer and veggies were plentiful. Now I buy local, organic, and seasonal foods. I rarely eat processed foods though it is hard to avoid stress-eating sugary foods on a late afternoon workday.
I have lost weight, though this wasn't my reason for the changes. I have more energy, I feel better, and I am spending so much less money on food. Cutting out dairy also significantly reduced my seasonal allergies and I haven't had a cold since. It has to do with the mucus your body makes when eating dairy. Gross. It isn't mentioned in the book which is too bad. Allergies are horrid.
The second half of The Kind Diet is recipes. I haven't used them except for inspiration. I'm not a big follower of recipes, they usually have too many ingredients and I like to keep things simple.
This book was worth it just for the first half alone. I read it at the right time and it changed my life and this book made it so easy to do so.
This book gave me answers to those questions and others I didn't even know I had. The first two sections of this book are dedicated to information about plant based living. It explains why animal products, white sugar and processed foods are unhealthy while covering many nutritional FAQ's that someone who's considering vegan food might have. In addition to talking about the 'nasty foods' Alicia also dedicates a few chapters to 'kind foods' and how to implement this change in your life. What makes this book different than others laden with plant-based information is that she has written it in an approachable, easy-to-understand style. Although the information she provides is from scientific studies and research it doesn't feel like your reading a technical book which makes it a breeze to read. I'd also like to add that I enjoyed this book because it wasn't preachy. While reading it I didn't feel attacked or guilt tripped, I simply felt informed. The last section of the book is dedicated to recipes. Unfortunately the recipes in this book are pretty blah. If the recipes weren't included and the book only consisted of the information on plant based living I would give it a 5 out 5 instead of the 3 out of 5. Overall though, I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to learn about healthy living.