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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.”
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“Beyond setting straight some outdated nutrition information, the book will put to rest most nutrition worries you might have.”
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
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.”
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.”
“The nutritional information is top-notch…A must read for all vegans.”
“A great book I think every vegan should have.”
Complete Yoga (South Africa), April issue
“Required reading for those wishing to maximize their plant-based diets.”
“A very comprehensive book…[with] a lot of detailed and interesting information on how to eat healthy while on a vegan diet.”
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 authors have done their research! This is not a classic vegan book repeating the same old arguments. It provides clear nutritional guidance to help vegans stay healthy and design the most adequate diet possible. It's up to date science!
You'll discover interesting pieces of information in this book. For example:
- Vegans can benefit from getting adequate amounts of protein. While it's true that almost nobody suffers from true protein deficiencies in the West, not getting adequate protein can result in muscle mass loss and poor bone health.
- Vegans should take a B12 supplement, even if they just started the diet. The old idea of "wait three years to do it because your body has reserves" is not the wisest.
- Why some vegans crash and fail to thrive, reverting back to animal foods, because they make their diet too restrictive and idealistic
- Getting the RDA for calcium is important for vegans. You'll discover which greens have a negative calcium balance and how to make sure you get enough calcium on a vegan diet, even without supplements
- Other nutrients to watch out about on a vegan diet (or any diet), such as vitamin D, iodine, zinc, etc.
- Ideas for making a vegan diet fun and easy to follow.
- Why it makes sense to take a vegan DHA supplement
- How to adapt a vegan diet to meet the needs of growing children, pregnant women, older people, etc.Read more ›
Ginny and Jack keep the arguments about veganism all about the animals, even though they are both dieticians and devoted to human health and nutrition. But they are interested in healthy, happy vegans, too. They have written, at their own time and expense, for many years about the benefits and pitfalls of plant-based eating. They have made recommendations, and changed their positions many times as the science continues to unfold about human nutrition (which should be considered new and emerging). They have done so with kindness, compassion and without a hint of arrogance.
Vegan for Life, a brilliant double-entendre, is an exceptional book. If it's not the very first, it has to be among the very few that paints a reasonably complex picture of vegan eating that goes over every facet--- the good, the bad, the ugly and everything in between. They don't claim that everyone must eat ultra low-fat (quite the opposite); they don't push raw diets (or even recommend them, actually). I actually suspect that they will receive a fair amount of criticism for this book because of its refusal to oversimplify and paint with a broad brush; because they don't promise miracles, and because they admit that there's much we simply don't know about nutrition.Read more ›
That being said, I have to add that this is not a boring tome on nutrition or ethics--it is an easily read, fun yet informative book. Filled with easy to follow advice and suggestions.
They cover everything from how to eat, what to eat, and why one would eat vegan (e.g., ethical issues, health issues). Detailed discussions of supplements and menu suggestions are included. This is essential reading for anyone considering a transition to a vegan diet as well as those who have been vegan for some time.
I highly recommend Vegan for Life and thank and applaud the authors on this great book. It is my new "Bible" and go-to book for eating healthy and well. I ordered the hard copy for my patient waiting room and ordered the digital for my Ipad. I look forward to their future books!
Now my reservations. For some background, a few months ago I finished the book "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease" by Esselstyn, and to make a long story short, this book advocates a Vegan diet, but also a low-fat diet without added oils, nuts, avocados, etc. Its not an easy diet to follow, but it is proven to work against heart disease.
So back to this book, which I thought would be helpful to me as well. So I start reading and the authors start talking all about the great things a Vegan diet does for you. O.K. great. But then I start reading their take of how variations of a Vegan diet, like low-fat Vegan, or raw food Vegan is BAD for you, without giving many details. It was this "holier-than-thou" attitude that was a bit of a turn-off for me. Especially since Vegans get this from meat-eaters all the time, and now I have to hear basically "my Vegan diet is better than your Vegan diet" from the authors of this book.
Instead it would have been real nice for the authors to add a chapter for people on these diets and to give them advice on proper nutrition as well. Afterall, the book does have chapters for other groups, like those over 50. Or, at the least, the authors should acknowledge that people are on these diet modifications for a reason, and just live with that.
In any case, this is a good book that I found very helpful and I'd highly recommend it, especially if you are a straight Vegan, nothing more, nothing less. If you are on a low-fat or Raw Vegan diet, its still worthwhile but just not maybe as much as it could have been, if the authors had a bit more empathy for why people are on these diets.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such great information! I really enjoyed reading this book. Was able to pass it on to other friends who were becoming vegan.Published 1 month ago by Martha Velasquez
I have been feeling the nudge to return to a vegan diet for quite some time now, and when I decided to obey it I determined that I would not fail this time (I have tried and failed... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Josey Jacques
Vegan for life is a book that every plant based eater must have always open in her or her house. I treat this book like the bible. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Andreas Michaelides
Loved all the information this book had to offer! Definitely good if you try and go vegan or want learn about a vegan diet. Was not disappointed.Published 6 months ago by Brittney Hugli
Excellent book! The author actually knows what she is talking about and this book is not biased in any way. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Being vegan means learning all the time. This book brought so much nutritional information to me. I love reading information from many sources. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Melissa L.