- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Skirt!; First edition (April 2, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0762787163
- ISBN-13: 978-0762787166
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 98 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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UnDiet: The Shiny, Happy, Vibrant, Gluten-Free, Plant-Based Way To Look Better, Feel Better, And Live Better Each And Every Day! Paperback – April 2, 2013
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Based on the title and sub-title of this book, I bought this thinking that it would be a cookbook; however, it's not so much of a cookbook as it is a book that outlines how to make changes in your diet and life. The chapters are broken down by topics such as the benefits of eating real (not processed) foods, drinking water, giving up caffeine, cooking more, doing meal/recipe planning, setting better habits, cutting back on your trash/environmental waste, and storing your food in safer ways.
The one thing I didn't like is that the recipes are scattered throughout the book without any kind of rhyme or reason, making them a bit more challenging to find. There are 35 of them, and each chapter ends with maybe three or four recipes that have no correlation with what the previous chapter was about. At the end of the book there is an index and a meal plan to help you sort through the recipes and find what you need, but I personally find it easier to have them all located in one place.
I had also been expecting the recipes to be vegan not only because my friend who recommended it is vegan (as am I), but also because the use of "plant-based" in the title led me to expect the same thing, so I was surprised to see that some recipes call for eggs. I'm not marking my review down for this, but it did surprise me a bit since most plant-based nutritionists focus on not eating animal products.
In the introduction to the book, Meghan wrote a sentence that really resonated with me: "The way I see it, the UnDiet lifestyle is a bit like yoga -- it is a practice. All we can do is just keep practicing, hopefully getting a little better every day, as we continue to learn new things and incorporate a little more into our lives." The idea of not being perfect and of easing into a healthier lifestyle is such a terrific way to approach these changes. Instead of beating myself up if I eat something "bad," I usually try instead to remember that each step I take towards nourishing my body is a step in the right direction.
Overall, Meghan's upbeat attitude is fun, and I like this book a lot! Even if you already have a good knowledge of plant-based eating under your belt, this book still gives good tips about meal planning, goal-setting, etc. that made it worthwhile for me. If you're new to this lifestyle, then this would provide a good foundation for you.
If you're interested in plant-based cookbooks, I'd recommend The Beauty Detox Foods: Discover the Top 50 Beauty Foods That Will Transform Your Body and Reveal a More Beautiful You,Let Them Eat Vegan!: 200 Deliciously Satisfying Plant-Powered Recipes for the Whole Family,Forks Over Knives - The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year, and Practically Raw: Flexible Raw Recipes Anyone Can Make.
Meghan is an amazing teacher of all things healthy. It's not just about food, but she opens your eyes to where your trash goes (there is no such thing as "AWAY"), how your cleaners affect your health and the environment, how the products you use on your body affects your health, how to slow down and make eating something to enjoy and even how to love what you do and do it with love.
If your not familiar with Meghan, hop on over to her blog and check out some of her amazing video's and recipes. Meghan spreads her wealth of knowledge in such a fun way, that you can't help but want to learn more.
I recommend UnDiet for those who have limited kitchen / food skills, that still have time to turn their lives / health around. It is certainly a lot easier at 20 or 30 than when you are close to retirement and realize working 50+ hours a week and eating junk food does not make for long life.
The information contained in the book is excellent, but I prefer a more straight-foward way of writing without all the unnecessary added non-informitive "talk"; thus, reason for four star rating.