One of the books I took out of the library last week was The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone, star of Clueless. I am sure you are saying to yourself, Alicia Silverstone is a Nutritionist? As If! No, she isn’t; she is a animal rights activist who became vegan and incorporates microbiotic practices in to her food routine.
Now I am not looking to change my lifestyle necessarily, but I was interested in learning more about what she had to say about the vegan lifestyle. I have to say, she really made me think… A LOT!
She goes in to her personal choice of becoming vegan and how she wavered back and forth for years about being a vegetarian, not being a vegetarian, and then finally committing to veganism. Then, she provides a chapter by chapter breakout of what she deems “Nasty Foods”: Meat, Dairy, White Sugar and Processed Foods and how eating these things effect your body, the planet, the animals, and what effects kicking the “nasty foods” will have on your body. In addition, she goes in to detail about how the “Kind Foods”: Whole Grains, New Proteins (beans, tofu, tempeh, and seitan), Vegetables benefit your body in more productive ways than the nasty foods will. I think her arguments are well thought out and documented. I learned a lot and I only got through the first 88 pages.
The thing that I really loved reading the first few sections is that she isn’t pushy. She asks you to be open minded to the idea for changing your lifestyle. She also sets up the book to ease you in to the vegan mindset. She has menu options for people who are “flirting” with the idea of becoming vegan, those who are ready to go vegan, and those who are ready to be “superheroes” which is a vegan plan loosely based on a macrobiotic plan.
Reducing my “nasty food” consumption may be something that I might seriously choose to do in the coming in months. I think I need to try some of her recipes and do some menu planning to see how my body feels. I did try her Ginger Baked Tofu recipe for dinner last night. I added it over brown rice. I thought it was very tasty and I was surprisingly full from eating it.
If you want to learn more about the diet, you can pick up her book The Kind Diet or visit her website http://www.thekindlife.com
Has anyone tried “The Kind Diet” or going Vegan? How do you feel?
- Going Vegan May Be The Latest Celebrity Trend, But It Worked For Me (blisstree.com)
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