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Vegan for Life: Everything You Need to Know to Be Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet Paperback – July 12, 2011
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Publishers Weekly, 5/30/11
“Armed with this compendium and a vegan cookbook, novices will make an easy, healthy transition to meat, egg and dairy-free meals, while practicing vegans can use it as a guide to the best food choices.”
“Whether you’ve been enjoying a plant-based diet for years or are just starting on the adventure, Norris and Messina will prove to be outstanding mentors. Even if you don’t plan to eliminate meat and animal products completely, there’s valuable information here about incorporating foods that help you fight disease, build the immune system, and feel better in general. Vegan for Life is one of those books that you’ll pull off the shelf for inspiration and consultation time after time.”
Complete Yoga (South Africa), April issue
“Required reading for those wishing to maximize their plant-based diets.”
Library Journal, 7/15/11
Bookviews, August 2011
“For those who, for whatever reason, intend to become vegans, this book will be helpful.”
“An effective primer for those just starting to live as vegans and those interested in trying the vegan lifestyle but uncertain about its potential benefits.”
“Delicious nutrient-dense menus.”
“Awesome…A common-sense guide to eating a healthy and varied plant-based diet…If you are vegan or vegetarian, you should get—and read!—Vegan for Life.”
“A densely-packed treasure chest of nutritional information for vegans and those who feed them.”
“A book that is both so encouraging and so incredibly necessary right now.”
Veggie Voyeur, 9/1/11
“Vegan for Life makes going vegan doable. I would definitely recommend this book to vegans, the vegan-curious, and those living with vegan family members.”
“Beyond setting straight some outdated nutrition information, the book will put to rest most nutrition worries you might have.”
Vegan Things I Like (blog), 10/13/11
“It is just well researched, useful information that all vegans need to know to maintain good health and is written in an easy to understand way, filled with tables and great references.”
Quick & Easy magazine, October 2011
“Never before have I ever come across such an excellent, factual book…This book would be great for anyone. I think it would be wonderful for new vegans to start them on the right path. It would also be a great gift to any family members of a vegan who have questions (I know my mother did when I started). It should also be required reading for any longtime vegan, like myself, to make sure that you are getting the most of our diet…Get this book. Seriously… 5 Stars.”
“If you’re a new vegan, or a vegan who might be buying into the hype that a vegan diet is not sustainable, read this book. If you’re a vegan who wants a quick resource at your fingertips or the perfect book to hand over to your vegan-curious family member or friend read this book.”
Cooking the Vegan Books, 8/13/11
“Whether you’re considering veganism or you’re an old hand, Vegan for Life is a book that you won’t want to be without.”
Midwest Book Review, September 2011
“Any general lending library catering to vegetarians needs this introductory guide.”
San Francisco Book Review, 10/3/11
“Clearly written and easy to understand, this book is a must for both long-term vegans and those just considering such a path.”
Taste for Life, October issue
Green Vegan Living blog, 10/9/11
“The nutritional information is top-notch…A must read for all vegans.”
“A great book I think every vegan should have.”
The Vegetarian, Winter 2011
“Registered dieticians and longtime vegans, Jack Norris and Virginia Messina, debunk some of the most persistent myths about vegan nutrition and provide essential information about getting enough calcium, protein and finding the best supplements…Vegan for Life is the guide for aspiring and veteran vegans alike, complete with an easy-to-use- food chart, tasty substitutes, sample menus and expansive resources.”
About the Author
Virginia Messina, MPH, RD, serves on the advisory board of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. She lives in Washington.
Top customer reviews
The best thing about this wonderful book, is it tells you what foods, in what portions, and how to combine them for maximum nutrition!
Covers all the nutrients needed to maintain a healthy plant-based life lifestyle!
Highly Recommend for anyone seeking to transition or become plant-strong!
1. It is easy to read. I've gotten bogged down with nutrition books in the past and quickly lost interest. But this book strikes that fine line of being thorough but not overwhelming. I actually looked forward to reading this book and couldn't wait to pick it up again.
2. The authors present an honest look at vegan diets. They do not shy away from telling people about what the nutritional shortcomings may be and offering them solutions for dealing with them.
3. They make veganism seem attainable and realistic. I know from experience that veganism can be an easy lifestyle to adopt. The authors stress that we do not all have to be raw vegans eating no processed foods at all.
4. The authors base their information on scientific studies. And when the studies are not conclusive, they tell us. There is a lot of not-so-great nutritional advice out there, and these authors help weed out the bad information for us.
After reading this book, I feel much more confident with my vegan diet. I always knew that eating vegan made me feel good, but now I know how to be the healthiest vegan I can be, for life. And I now have an informed answer when people ask me questions about meeting nutritional requirements with a vegan diet. I highly recommend this book to all vegans & vegetarians and even to folks who are thinking about eating less meat. Go for it!
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