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This Crazy Vegan Life: A Prescription for an Endangered Species Paperback – December 2, 2008
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Dairy products should be illegal, proclaims leukemia survivor and Emmy Award–winner Pirello (Cooking the Whole Foods Way), giving readers a good idea of this crusader's uncompromising stance on the current state of the food industry, our environment and the need for change. Host of the public television series Christina Cooks and a noted authority on vegetarian cooking, Pirello studied with macrobiotic diet pioneer Michio Kushi and has eaten vegan for more than 20 years. The first section of the book grounds readers in vegan principles, arguing the case from a variety of perspectives (health, humanitarian, economic, environmental). Her plan for making the transition from standard American fat- and sugar-laden convenience foods to regularly scheduled whole-food meals consists of a 21-day, two-phase detoxification and weight-loss program, with tips on stress reduction and living more consciously, and a whole-body fitness regime (cardio, strength training and flexibility). Having beat leukemia and completed her first triathlon at age 51, Pirello is strong on setting intentions and achieving goals. With her, readers have a tireless, reliable guide to going vegan, and the many recipes she offers for delicious vegan meals will make foregoing meat easy. (Dec.)
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About the Author
In 1983, Christina Pirello was diagnosed with an acute form of leukemia. With little prospect of help from conventional therapies, she turned to a nutritional program using a whole foods approach. Now, after more than 15 years cancer-free, Christina Pirello is the Emmy award-winning host of Christina Cooks! on National Public Television, teaching whole foods cooking classes and lecturing nationwide. Christina is the author of Cooking the Whole Foods Way, Christina Cooks, and, most recently, This Crazy Vegan Life. She and her husband publish a natural foods magazine, Macrochef.
Top Customer Reviews
For the most part, Pirello achieves this aim. She manages to give the reader a very good sense of what a vegan lifestyle entails and its benefits (for weight, health, the environment, animal welfare, etc.) as well as a good crash course in nutrition and and exercise. All of these topics are presented in a manner that is suitable for a beginner. In other words, she assumes no prior knowledge about nutrition or veganism. This means that the book is very approachable if you are new to either or both. However, if you're already quite familiar with veganism, nutrition, or exercise a lot of what you find here will be review. In either case, Pirello does a good job of breaking down the shift to veganism step by step and even providing a 21 day plan with menus and recipes to ease yourself in.Read more ›
1. How Did We Get Into this Mess Anyway?
2. Veganomics: Rethinking Everything
3. The Path to Rethinking Your Life
4. Food for Thought
5. Eat Well for Life
6. The Eating Plan: Menus and Recipes
7. Get Moving
8. This Crazy Vegan Lifestyle
Christina's writing style is fun and easy to read. She's been living this lifestyle for a while and she knows her stuff. If you're not already into this lifestyle, this will be a thought-provoking read. Christina saved her life by changing her diet; she is living proof that it works! By changing the way you eat, you can experience positive results too (increased energy, weight loss, improved health and vitality).
Thank you, Christina!
The advice that starts out the book is written in a conversational tone, but it's nothing new to anyone who's read a book on vegan lifestyles. Half of the book is dedicated to telling you why going veg is good for you, which is probably necessary and useful for someone new to the lifestyle. I read it dutifully, hoping to find some new gems, but it mostly contained stuff I'd already read in "The China Study" and others. Still, this would be useful if you were completely new to the subject, so I can't demerit her for doing her due diligence.
She did make a point of saying what I haven't seen in a lot of other vegan/macrobiotic books, mainly: calories in, calories out. What you don't burn, you gain. Hurray for that!
I will also give her props for not going down the rabbit hole of "reheated food is bad" or insisting I ditch my microwave or buy a gas oven. She doesn't mention any of these. She also didn't try to tell me that doing some light stretching a day was all the exercise I needed. There is some decent advice on exercise in the book, and it doesn't require crazy equipment; you could easily do any of the moves in a tiny apartment with a set of resistance bands.
The diet "plan" itself is where things start to fall apart. First, there is no shallow end: she dives straight into veganism, and doesn't look back. No "flirts" here. This might work for some people, but I have to wonder how well this works with long-time meat eaters.
Second, the number of dishes she has you preparing is ludicrous. This might be easier to cope with if she mentioned some way to mix/match the recipes, but she doesn't.Read more ›
This is a great read with lots of low cal recipes. It's not a diet, it's a lifestyle.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love how there are recipes AND menu suggestions so you can put it all together!!!Published 9 months ago by California Customer
I am a fan of her books and her TV show. She inspires me to make better choices with her personal story and tasty recipes. This one is a good read. I recommend it!Published 10 months ago by acrisis
i watch her show regularly. you can learn a lot from a vegan. trying to be one myself.Published 12 months ago by Rose
Anything written by Christina is worthwhile and worthy of being read even a second time.Published 14 months ago by BT
I loved watching Christina Pirello demonstrate vegan cooking on PBS and now that I've purchased her book I love that also. Read morePublished on July 31, 2014 by Pamela A. Kaye