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I was so, so disappointed by this book I want to say first and foremost that I am a full vegetarian and about 75% vegan, so my beef no pun intended with this book is not the preachiness to quit eating meat and animal products Alicia Silverstone is not a great writer, and that in and of itself would be fine if her book was not full of unsound health advice She makes claims that she never substantiates such as why you shouldn t use spices in your food if you are an eating superhero , and s I was so, so disappointed by this book I want to say first and foremost that I am a full vegetarian and about 75% vegan, so my beef no pun intended with this book is not the preachiness to quit eating meat and animal products Alicia Silverstone is not a great writer, and that in and of itself would be fine if her book was not full of unsound health advice She makes claims that she never substantiates such as why you shouldn t use spices in your food if you are an eating superhero , and she says to eat only local fruits but doesn t seem to think the same applies to vegetables for no apparent reason She also spotlights a variety of celebrities who are also vegan or vegetarian but who I know for a fact would find her recipes completely unhealthy such as Dr Joel Fuhrman I was looking forward to trying a few of her recipes, but not a single one sounded both tasty and healthy to me, and the few that did called for bizarre ingredients I wouldn t be able to find locally All in all, I found nothing of use in this book, though I do recognize the value in a celebrity endorsing a meat free diet Still, I highly suggest skipping this book and reading Dr Fuhrman, Dr Dean Ornish, or one of Isa Chandra Moscowitz s fabulous cookbooks One of my Goodreads friends wasn t sure if this book would be for me because I ve been vegan so long True I have I also know a lot about healthful eating although plenty of times I ve been a junk food vegan and I m very familiar with the vegan macrobiotic diet and philosophy, but I always learn something, and I think that this book is a very worthwhile addition to the genre.I think that Alicia Silverstone is adorable and I admire her for using her fame for good, to help others.This book is One of my Goodreads friends wasn t sure if this book would be for me because I ve been vegan so long True I have I also know a lot about healthful eating although plenty of times I ve been a junk food vegan and I m very familiar with the vegan macrobiotic diet and philosophy, but I always learn something, and I think that this book is a very worthwhile addition to the genre.I think that Alicia Silverstone is adorable and I admire her for using her fame for good, to help others.This book is combines autobiographical material, information about good reasons to go vegan and to go to super hero status macrobiotic vegan and it s also a cookbook It s an attractive book with an appealing layout and beautiful photos.I thought that she gave a bit of wonky advice, some incorrect advice in my opinion, but much good advice too I don t subscribe to the macrobiotic diet because I think that tomatoes and eggplants and peppers, and even potatoes are healthful foods, and that sea vegetables aren t all THAT healthy, nor is too much oil or salt, but most of the rest of the super hero diet, and vegan diet too, described in this book is one I d like to adopt, at leastof the time than I do now I m already a vegan and I already eat mostly whole grains, but I eat a lot of junk convenience foods, desserts The optimal diet according to Alicia is one that makes liberal use of vegetables, whole grains, beans, sea vegetables except for a little kombu in some soups I am not a fan and I will pass on those and natural sweeteners In addition to non vegan foods, ideally there s no white sugar, processed foods, other unhealthful foods.What I like about Silverstone s approach is that she realizes people are different and need to go at a pace that feels comfortable, so she has 3 categories flirters, vegans, superheroes I ve been stuck at the middle category for decades I might be inspired I ve been ready to be inspired to once again eat healthy foods muchoften than not I also appreciated when Silverstone describes her own deviations from what she considers the ideal diet She doesn t preach perfection.I m thrilled that there are so many new books promoting a vegan diet veganism, ones that take different approaches I ve never seen one quite like this, and I am grateful it s available because I think it will inspire some people There s also a web site affiliated with this book The web site looks sensational Even though I m sure I m years decades older than the usual demographic, I ll even consider registering Alicia Silverstone is doing a great service with this book and especially with the web site.The recipes make up a significant part of the book it is a cookbook They go from pages 137 291.Personally, I d leave out a lot of oil and salt, and foods I don t like such as vinegar, most sea vegetables kombu is okay , etc.They re divided into Vegan and Superhero The Superhero recipes that look especially good to me are Azuki Beans with Kabocha Squash, Alicia s Magical Healing Soup, Squah n Onions, Creamy Kabocha Squash Soup, Cuban Style Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Kim s Red Raddish Tabboleh, Scarlet Roasted Vegetables, and the Roasted Lotus Roots, Sun Chokes, and Leeks dish Of course, the Vegan sans Superhero recipes looked delicious to me Some of those that look especially tasty are Moroccan Cous Cous with Saffron, Sweet Potato Lentil Soup, Black Soybean and Kabocha Squash Soup, Sweet Potato Lentil Soup, yes, both Alicia and I love squash and sweet potatoes , and many most of the amazing desserts Coffee Fudge Brownies, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, Crispy Peanut Butter Treats with Chocolate Chips, Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies, Lemon Poppyseed Pound Cake, My Favorite Cupcakes, Peanut Butter Pie, Pumpkin Bread, and Hot Chocolate.There s an appendix with a list of other suggested books While it s only 1 page long, there s a variety of book types included There s an especially helpful index too Part of the reason I want this is so I can hear Cher Horowitz s voice in my head while I read I am totally butt crazy in love with tofu First, yes, I did hear the entire book in Cher s voice.This is sort of Eating Animals The Light Version The first part of the book is Alicia s journey to becoming vegan She decided at an early age that she didn t want to eat animals, but when you re only 8, it can be difficult She ate meat on and off before going veg full force.She talks about reasons Part of the reason I want this is so I can hear Cher Horowitz s voice in my head while I read I am totally butt crazy in love with tofu First, yes, I did hear the entire book in Cher s voice.This is sort of Eating Animals The Light Version The first part of the book is Alicia s journey to becoming vegan She decided at an early age that she didn t want to eat animals, but when you re only 8, it can be difficult She ate meat on and off before going veg full force.She talks about reasons why a plant based diet is a good idea, and this is where Eating Animals The Light Version comes into play She does touch on the industry and practices of factory farming as well as the emotions and behaviors of animals, but it feelsanecdotal than researched, even though she clearly did research Both styles are effective, but for some reason part of these sections felt a little too fluffy for me, which is probably unfair If someone was just learning about becoming a vegan and animal farming then this is a good resource I also think it would work well for a younger audience I don t mean this in a negative way I think that teens would respond well to Alicia s voice and journey I skimmed over a lot of these sections but I probably would have read them fully if I hadn t already read Eating Animals.One thing I really liked is how she s honest about her eating There are times when she ll be out and about and will snag a piece of cheese off a passed tray or nick a bite of sushi from a friend s plate She explains how her body reacts to this and how physically horrible she feels either immediately after or the next morning There s no judgment here, and I like this.She spends a good part of the book talking about refined sugar and processed foods and how your body reacts to them We all know about sugar crash and she tries to keep her diet completely free from refined sugars She makes sure to include lots of dessert recipes to show that she s only giving up sugar and the resulting headaches, and not taste or happiness Again, she talks about times when she will eat a sugary dessert and how her body reacts, but there s still no judgment I think a lot of people get turned off by vegs because they feel like they ll be beaten up and then shunned if they so much as look at meat Alicia celebrates moments when her friends realize how much better they feel with a plant based diet and doesn t bash on moments when people are eating meat It s clear that she hopespeople will learn about their diet and the food industry, and as they start to ask questions will come to vegetarianism and veganism on their own The rest of the book is very friendly towards people who are flirting with a plant based diet to people who want to go full force super, including macrobiotics The recipes are a mixed bag As with all cookbooks, there are things I ll never try because I refuse to spend 50 on a bottle of something that I only need 2 teaspoons of She picks a good range of foods from friends and her own kitchen and there were things I d try, but I m glad I got this from the library because it wouldn t be a full time cookbook in my kitchen What s the book about This is not just a food diet it is a life diet It shows you how to look at food in a new way consciously and decide for yourself if it is something I want in my body Like countless celebrities before her, actress Alicia Silverstone has put together a book that she says reveals the secrets of how she stays fit and healthy In The Kind Diet, Silverstone she swears that a diet of only organic, vegan diet, free of meat, dairy, white sugar and processed foods is what keeps he What s the book about This is not just a food diet it is a life diet It shows you how to look at food in a new way consciously and decide for yourself if it is something I want in my body Like countless celebrities before her, actress Alicia Silverstone has put together a book that she says reveals the secrets of how she stays fit and healthy In The Kind Diet, Silverstone she swears that a diet of only organic, vegan diet, free of meat, dairy, white sugar and processed foods is what keeps her fit and healthy In The Kind Diet, Silverstone reveals that she is a passionate animal activist and environmentalist She says a plant based diet is not only good for your body but also saves animals and is one of the greenest things you can do In her opinion a plant based diet requires less fuel, water and other resources than animal products, and following a vegan diet is one of the best things you can do to lose weight, improve your health and the health of our planet, says Silverstone This is a fact I wanted to see if this was just a bunch of hot air In addition, it is fact take a look on the internet and there are many articles out there that back up her theory What You Can Eat Silverstone encourages readers to switch to an organic whenever possible , plant based diet, and rich in whole grains, sea vegetables, and foods many Americans have never tasted, like dikon, shoyu, and lotus root Big No is for the diet is Meat, Dairy anything processed In basic terms if you want to buy something ready made it has to be organic and say all natural Included in the book are 100 delicious recipes that range from main meals to desserts to prove that eating vegetarian is not about just eating grass You can eat a wonderful variety of foods even if it is vegetarian How It Works Readers choose from three different stage points into The Kind Diet, from the first, flirting, stage to the ultimate superhero stage The flirt level encourages readers slowly replace meats with plant based foods and suggests they will see immediate results to spur them on to the next level This is the stage most people will stick to it is just taking baby steps to a healthy eating and Making better choices The book is full of information anecdotes, cooking advice, eating out strategies, and motivational tips encourage readers to stick with their chosen plan for four weeks before moving on to the next phase The recipes in the book are outstanding They are satisfying and yes, they are very yummy Based on her personal experiences and philosophy, Silverstone also claims the vegan lifestyle will lead to clearer skin, higher energy levels, mental clarity, and smoother digestive function At this point, I do not see it but as you know, change does not happen over night As for exercise, The Kind Diet recommends going outside for walks, playing games or sports with friends, practicing yoga, or engaging in fun exercises three to five times a week Silverstone prefers activities that allow you to commune with nature to the rigors of the gym Food for Thought The Kind Diet does a good job of making readers aware of where food comes from and the impact it has beyond our bodies And most of us would benefit from shifting to a diet withplant foods and fewer animal products The Kind Diet is not for everyone, but if you have ever wanted to try a vegetarian diet, the flirt stage is a nice way to experiment with eatingplant foods Taking it to the superhero stage is probably too drastic for most people, because it requires dedication, commitment, and a consultation with a registered dietitian or health care provider I absolutely recommend this book for anyone who wants to eat healthier Just because this promotes a began diet, it does not force a complete vegan diet down your throat It shows you ways you can make better choices when it comes to food Now I am on the flirt stage and I think I am going to on it for a long while However, what this book has done is it has made me look at food in a new way I read the labels and packaging better Before I never use to do that I would just look for what is on sale and throw it in my wagon Now I look very carefully at what is in the product and if the ingredients are something I do not know, I put it back I make better choices I eatgreens and less sugary junk food However, if I do want a sugary junk food I make it myself replacing the high sugar and un healthy crap for healthier ingredients Okay so information in this book is not new It has been around forever but Miss Silverstone did something that I did not get from the other books She made it so I understand and its fun It is not a chore reading this book It is something I look forward to, for over week this book has not been back on my bookshelf that is how much I read or scan through the book for recipes I know this book will be a staple in my fight to get healthier The Kind Diet A Simple Guide To Feeling Great, Losing Weight, And Saving The Planet While I feel strange giving a book by Alicia Silverstone the same rating I gave, say, To Kill a Mockingbird, this book alone out of dozens I ve read in the past two weeks convinced me our family could go vegan and be healthier for it Since the night my enraged preschooler passionately declared he hated bad people who eat dead animals in the middle of a steak house think Jesus cleansing the temple of moneylenders meets Rosemary s Baby , I ve read every book our library has on children v While I feel strange giving a book by Alicia Silverstone the same rating I gave, say, To Kill a Mockingbird, this book alone out of dozens I ve read in the past two weeks convinced me our family could go vegan and be healthier for it Since the night my enraged preschooler passionately declared he hated bad people who eat dead animals in the middle of a steak house think Jesus cleansing the temple of moneylenders meets Rosemary s Baby , I ve read every book our library has on children vegetarianism and while a few of them gave some good recipe ideas, The Kind Diet was the only one that got me excited and confident about this life style.Because of the limitations already on my family s diet due to Celiac disease, the thought of my son cutting out an entire food group terrified me Alicia s book reassured me we re getting so much of the protein and other vitamins minerals we need through the foods we already eat because of our dietary restrictions, such as soy milk, almond milk and the high vitamin content of our various wheat free alternatives to bread pasta Her detailed break down of the various nutrients a carnivore gets from meat and how vegans can get those same nutrients was extremely helpful and exactly what I was looking for but not getting in all the other books I read I even handed the meat chapter over to my barbecue loving, skeptical but indulgent husband after reading it, he stared off into space for a while and said, Well that was convincing I think she s right Ok, nomeat And that is why this book on veganism gets 5 stars Okay, most important things first IF YOU HAVE ANOREXIA NERVOSA, OR ANY OTHER KIND OF RESTRICTIVE ED, INCLUDING EDNOS subset CHEW AND SPIT, OR IF YOU ARE IN REMISSION FROM ANY KIND OF RESTRICTIVE ED, I WOULD ADVISE AGAINST READING THIS BOOK, AND AM WARNING YOU ABOUT THE CONTENT OF THIS REVIEW PROCEED WITH CAUTION.ETA ED EATING DISORDER EDNOS EATING DISORDER NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED SORRY, I FORGOT FOR A MOMENT THAT I LIVE IN A PSYCHOLOGY BUBBLE.Okay, first things first.ONE I like Alicia S Okay, most important things first IF YOU HAVE ANOREXIA NERVOSA, OR ANY OTHER KIND OF RESTRICTIVE ED, INCLUDING EDNOS subset CHEW AND SPIT, OR IF YOU ARE IN REMISSION FROM ANY KIND OF RESTRICTIVE ED, I WOULD ADVISE AGAINST READING THIS BOOK, AND AM WARNING YOU ABOUT THE CONTENT OF THIS REVIEW PROCEED WITH CAUTION.ETA ED EATING DISORDER EDNOS EATING DISORDER NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED SORRY, I FORGOT FOR A MOMENT THAT I LIVE IN A PSYCHOLOGY BUBBLE.Okay, first things first.ONE I like Alicia Silverstone She comes across as cute and funny in this book, and I generally think of her in a good way Please don t think any criticism of this book means I hate Alicia Silverstone, or something.TWO DO NOT read this book if you have are in remission from any kind of restrictive ED I m not fucking around here.The Book.Okay, so this is Alicia Silverstone s book about how she became a vegan and why you should be a vegan, too.PROGRESSION This is how the book progresses.First, Silverstone discusses her path to becoming vegetarian She loved animals After being an actress and being called fat a lot, she became vegan Then raw Then macrobiotic She gives up meat, dairy, eggs, only eats local and seasonal foods, no white sugar, no white flour, no processed foods.She tells us meat is nasty She lists a lot of reasons why.She tells us dairy products are nasty She lists a lot of reasons why.She tells us sugar although vegan is nasty She lists the reasons why.She s against eating honey Vegans are divided on this issue, but Silverstone falls into the no honey camp.She tells us processed foods even if they are vegan are nasty She barely tells us why, this is only one or two paragraphs.Artificial sweeteners are bad for you.Caffeine is a drug, you should eliminate it from your diet.She purports that low carb diets are bad for you I disagree with her You can eat soy but not too much soy or it will kill you.You probably shouldn t eat spinach, chard, beet greens, tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, and peppers They re bad for you.You should eat organic and no GMOs This is soundinganddifficult with every page Stevia is OKAY, if you absolutely must have some sugar, Gosh, you re so weak, but Silverstone doesn t really like it Chocolate is also evil, because it has caffeine AND fat And possibly sugar sugar substitute If you HAVE to have some, you weakling, it must be NON DAIRY, MALT SWEETENED DARK CHOCOLATE You can turn it into milk chocolate by heating it with soy milk.Salt is evil.You really should be drinking 8 glasses of water a day if you can.Alcohol is evil, eliminate it from your diet.She gently encourages doing yoga, but personally I would not recommend doing yoga unless you are already into it curious If you don t like yoga, that s okay, it is NOT a requirement for a vegan lifestyle Please don t feel pressured Actually, milk substitutes rice milk, coconut milk, soy milk, are bad Avoid them.Actually, sugar substitutes are bad Avoid them.Actually, eat fruit very rarely It s bad.Don t use herbs and spices if you can help it.Don t eat too many nuts or nut butters, they are fattening.Eat almost no salt.CARMEN At this point, do you really even want to live How did this vegan book turn into a total elimination diet I have nothing but respect for vegans but this seems extreme I wasn t joking about this book being triggering for people with restrictive EDs.THE GOOD The meat industry is bad for the environment TRUE Big Pharma is evil TRUE Meat production is downright cruel TRUE Artificial sweeteners are evil TRUE Beans are amazing TRUE You can get all the protein you need without meat TRUE Vegetables are amazing TRUE After giving dairy the heave ho, your tongue will start to wake up and those desserts will taste evenamazing These days, when I have a normal dessert, even at a really good restaurant, it s generally a disappointment Of course the first bite wows me, but very soon my tongue is overwhelmed and the tastes are harsh and obvious THIS IS TRUE You can get enough iron from a plant based diet TRUE You can get enough calcium as a vegan TRUE You can get enough omega 3s as a vegan TRUE Here are some pictures of hot vegan boys TRUE I mean, they re men not sure why Silverstone is calling them boys, but TRUE.Vegans are amazing athletes I mean, Frank Medrano, anyone Warning Watching Frank Medrano do typewriters could cause involuntary drooling because you wish you could do what he does Men and women, I m talking to you LOL She encourages cooking, saying anyone can cook or learn to cook TRUE Microwaves are bad She encourages throwing hers out TRUE I mean, I would never tell anyone to get rid of their microwave, but it is true Call ahead to a party and offer to bring a vegan dish This takes pressure off your host ess TRUE Tap water Let s drink it TRUE I used to eat the presweetened, instant oatmeal that came in a packet until I joined the cast of a play about Orthodox Judaism in which I portrayed a lesbian who has a cocaine overdose onstage anyhoo, Proof that Silverstone is funny and cute PROBLEMS Vegan pets, even vegan cats NO NO This dessert is RIDICULOUSLY rich and INSANELY delicious This brownie is your new boyfriendDesserts are not Boyfriend Comparing food to romantic partners is unhealthy I m being completely serious here She expects people to scold her because she had a orange chocolate cake in Paris that HAD SUGAR IN IT She literally apologizes in the book for eating sugar this one time in Paris This makes me very, very sad Extremely sad She uses the word naughty a lot Listen eating a food is not naughty Breaking your diet is not naughty Please, love yourself and stop associating eating food that is enjoyable to you as being bad Oh, I m going to be SO bad and have this piece of chocolate cake No This is hateful language Labeling yummy foods as bad is damaging to you mentally Associating eating yummy foods with guilt and shame is a terrible idea and a horrible habit to start Please, love yourself and stop shaming yourself for eating something off plan She also calls any non vegan, sugary, or processed food nasty I really hate that and I hate that word.EATING DISORDER SHITPlease do not read this section if you have anorexia nervosa or another restrictive ed and or if you are in remission from one and think you may be triggered Hardcore chewers go for 50 100 chews per mouthful Carmen cringes Stop eating three hours before bed Truth is, when I concentrate on chewing a mouthful, my jaw aches a little, I get bored, and finally I feel like an old lady at a retirement home But then the bliss sets in I try hard to chew every mouthful 30 timesPoster ED right here Sigh Her whole section on Magic Foods is the most triggering section in the whole book in regards to eating disorders.Miso but not from a restaurant or processed prepared miso.Umeboshi plums.Other pickles.Sea vegetables.This section is a hair trigger for eating disorders Not to mention she cautions the reader not to overdo it on the pickles After all, pickles are salty and salt is BAD Even these extremely low calorie foods must be restricted, you cannot eat as much as you want In all seriousness, this section makes me weep Pickles and sea vegetables are already super popular among anorexics due to their extremely low calorie count and the fact that it is near impossible to overeat them I know anorexics in remission who to this day cannot eat a pickle or a sea vegetable without vomiting involuntarily, due to anorexia flashbacks The fact that she feels she needs to warn people about overconsumption of pickles is especially revolting to me Worst section of the whole book Of course, gorging on any dessert is never the route to your skinny jeans, but enjoying moderate portions of healthy desserts will keep you happy on a way to a thinner you She assumes her readers are dieters with an interest in losing weight This entire mindset may be triggering depending on the anorexic She talks about being taken to Weight Watchers by her manager at age 14 and also the whole Batgirl Fatgirl fiasco, which was tragic, because she was fucking gorgeous My heart aches for her.Tl dr I generally have good feelings towards Alicia Silverstone I think this book has it s good points and it s truths Silverstone has a funny and cute voice in the book if you ignore her uses of the words naughty and nasty She has some vegan recipes in the back, some look very good She has cute, sweet, and pretty pictures scattered throughout the book, of herself, her and her hubby, animals, and food.On the bad side, this book is an absolute nightmare for people with any kind of restrictive ED whether active or in remission It is extremely triggering.Are you saying Alicia Silverstone has an ED No And it s none of my fucking business whether she does or not I m not commenting on her personal life here I m just warning you so that you know Forewarned is forearmed I d expect as an anorexic you d know what you were getting into by picking this up, but I would hate for anyone to undergo any unnecessary pain, hence the warning.Also, I m not sure how Let s be vegan Animals Snuggles turned into an elimination diet where you are forbidden from a lot of foods This is not straight veganism What she calls superhero level is not what I would consider vegan, but aextreme diet.There are plenty of fat vegetarians and fat vegans Sometimes people falsely believe being vegetarian vegan is a magic weight loss button It s not It seems as if Silverstone could not achieve what she thinks of as the perfect weight another trigger through simple vegetarianism, then not through simple veganism either, then she went to raw, then she went to macrobiotic I often see young women cycling through increasingly and increasinglyrestrictive diets as they try to whittle themselves down to that perfect number Are you saying all vegetarians and vegans have eating disorders ABSOLUTELY NOT There are tons of happy, healthy, non eating disordered people out there who practice a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle It is sad that these are so often associated with eating disorders, as that is NOT what those lifestyles are about, but sadly this book and tens of thousands of real life people does choose to use them as a weight loss tool instead of for health, for animal love, or for personal reasons It s even worse because going vegan DOES NOT automatically make you lose weight or become a skinny person YOU CAN BE A FAT VEGAN THERE ARE PLENTY OF FAT VEGANS Which is why people who are using it as a weight loss tool end up restrictingandand , unsatisfied with the results of a simple vegan diet.To people who are NOT suffering from an ED restrictive , are NOT in remission from an ED restrictive , I would give this book two stars, with the caveat that this is NOT veganism, it s something else If you have any kind of restrictive ED history or you are prone to developing an ED, I give this zero stars and a hard warning If you are using this NOT as a let s go vegan book but as a weight loss book, I give it three stars This book WILL make you lose weight if you follow Alicia Silverstone s restrictions I m not sure it s for everyone, but it would be very effective Overall, I loved Alicia s book I had heard about it, since, well, she is Alicia Silverstone I love the title of the book, I mean, who wouldn t want to follow The Kind Diet It sounds like the best diet ever Be kind to yourself, the animals and the planet Sign me up But I d hesitated to pick it up because I know some reviewers slammed the book and I am sometimesthan a little annoyed at celebrity authored books But then a few of my vegan friends here on GoodReads gave it a heart Overall, I loved Alicia s book I had heard about it, since, well, she is Alicia Silverstone I love the title of the book, I mean, who wouldn t want to follow The Kind Diet It sounds like the best diet ever Be kind to yourself, the animals and the planet Sign me up But I d hesitated to pick it up because I know some reviewers slammed the book and I am sometimesthan a little annoyed at celebrity authored books But then a few of my vegan friends here on GoodReads gave it a hearty endorsement, and I found out my library has a copy, so I figured I d give it a try I am SO glad I did I have to say that, first of all, I am probably a great target audience for this book I m a female in my late twenties and I have to say Alicia really gears her tone in the book to hanging out with my gal pals I doubt most guys will relate to the one month trial of the vegan diet as being only one menstrual cycle, or four episodes of The Bachelor long Or to feeling like he has released his inner goddess with how healthy he will feel on the diet And while I do wish she had been a littleuniversal in her tone I mean, there is no reason for guys NOT to follow the Kind Diet, and she includes many examples of men, including some famous athletes, who are vegan I also think that you really do need to think that you are writing to someone if you want your sentiments to come off the page and really touch them So, thanks, Alicia it was fun hanging out with such a funny, wise and caring gal I m also a prime target audience because I have dabbled in vegetarianism since I was sixteen sometimes staunchly adhering to my self imposed regime for many months at a time Then there have been spells where I would eat meat chicken, fish now and then, due either to what I perceived as necessity i.e., not wanting to impose on others when I was visiting, limited options while traveling, or a recent nutritional diet for stomach problems that is very restrictive of grains based meals Yet, every time I slid away from vegetarianism, I felt unsettled something kept speaking to my heart, telling me I was not being true to myself, or to the spirit of love and harmony I feel for animals Alicia s book finally put all the pieces together for me Her warm, wise approach and the humor and passion with which she conveyed her ideas really worked for me She presents some pretty awful statistics in the Nasty Foods section, in terms of what consuming meat, eggs and dairy does to the animals, to your body, and to the environment But I didn t come away feeling traumatized, I felt sad, certainly, butempowered I never really got veganism before and The Kind Diet really lays it out for us so plainly I really don t see how I can continue supporting the dairy industry after what I read and I have battled milk allergies for years, so it seems that perhaps my body has been trying to tell me something all along I also firmly believe that food is the foundation for our lives, that what we put into our bodies has a direct impact on how we feel, how we act, how we regard ourselves and how we treat others I am not a fan of processed foods, and believe in the power of fruits and veggies and eating as straight from the earth as possible So, Alicia s philosophy really jived with my own, giving mestrength to pursue my convictions.In some ways, I think this book would be perfect for anyone dabbling in, or even just considering, vegetarianism or especially veganism It s not at all overwhelming but it gives you enough information that you can investigateon your own, or even try one of the four week trail diets Alicia outlines She is very good at being non judgmental and reminding you that any step you take to reduce your support of the meat, dairy and egg industry is one step you are treading lighter on this earth but also that not all of us are going to quit cold turkey insert groan at pun here One of her trial diets is Flirting in which you just try going veg n for a few meals, when you eat out at restaurants, or supplementing one of your frozen lunches with a veg n frozen meal Then there is the Vegan Diet, which is muchrestrictive but also she gives a handy list of her favorite convenience foods and some recipes to try and sample meal plans for one week Then there is the Superhero diet macrobiotic vegan which is like ultra healthy vegan, where you eat virtually no processed foods or refined sugars, and are doing a lot with various plants, including some sea vegetables and other unusual for most of us in the USA foods She presents it all as very doable, but I must say I think the practicality is not there for many of us I love some of her ideas, like how she and her husband spend Sunday morning browsing the farmer s market, and Sunday afternoon cooking together, creating a nurturing of their relationship and their bodies How cool But, um, not all of us have farmer s markets where we can pick up one or two varieties of sea kelp, nor the time to devote an entire afternoon to cooking I haven t tried any of the recipes yet, but some look really daunting and with unusual ingredients and I am looking at the recipes as someone who has just spent the past year cooking almost my meals from scratch with virtually no convenience foods so I m no stranger in the kitchen though I admit I don t really like to cook So, I would highly recommend that anyone looking to start a veg n diet also pick up some easier to manage cookbooks like How it All Vegan or Vegan on the Cheap to supplement Alicia s ideas and recipes.Despite its flaws, I think Alicia s book is a genuine, from the heart gesture to help us all live happier, healthier lives Her philosophy is that we are all connected, and the pain we are causing the animals and the earth by ingesting their flesh, milk or eggs is taking a toll on not only on them but on our health and happiness Admittedly, there will be some people who just do not agree with this at all and I doubt they will connect with the book But, if you are nodding your head in agreement at any of this review, I encourage you to at least try The Kind Diet even just reading about it made me feel happier andempowered There are so many bad things happening in the world today and lessening our consumption of animal products is one way we can actually help reduce the strain on our precious Earth and our sacred temple our body Yay This was a really great read about vegetarianism, oraccurately veganism, and what it entails along with insights into being environmentally friendly The book covers all aspects of what to do to live healthfully, taking care of your body and our planet Alicia Silverstone uses easy to understand writing and a conversational style tone to convey heavier topics such as why one should abstain from animal products She takes leading research from The China Study, Dr Furhman, Dr Ornish and Dr This was a really great read about vegetarianism, oraccurately veganism, and what it entails along with insights into being environmentally friendly The book covers all aspects of what to do to live healthfully, taking care of your body and our planet Alicia Silverstone uses easy to understand writing and a conversational style tone to convey heavier topics such as why one should abstain from animal products She takes leading research from The China Study, Dr Furhman, Dr Ornish and Dr Barnard and breaks things down so that it is digestible and concise For those new to vegetarianism or want to knowabout the lifestyle without reading a plethora of books, this is the book for you Often books on vegetarianism veganism are emotionally weighty but the tone of Alicia s book is happy, light and encouraging She does not call for anyone to be a legalistic vegan, but rather to start slowly and gives three stages flirt, vegan and superhero Her superhero chapter and recipes goes into macrobiotics, which I found highly interesting to read This was my first encounter with macrobiotics and it just made sense I was encouraged after reading The Kind Diet to read other books that Alicia recommended like the The Hip Chicks Guide to Macrobiotics which is also a good read.I have made some recipes from Alicia s book and all I can say is Wow Every recipe has been amazing, tantalizing and intriguing None of them have been boring, that is for sure Her homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups are to die for Her vegan recipes are comforting and pleasing taking anutritious spin on old favorites, while her superhero recipes are wholesome, filling and energizing From her vegan recipes I have made Radicchio Pizza with Truffle oil who knew salad on a piece could be that good Alicia s Sexy Inspired Salad amazing sweet, tangy and rich dressing Caesar Salad really good veganized Caesar Coffee Fudge Brownies the frosting is sinful but oh so amazing Traditional English Breakfast of all the times I have eaten an English breakfast, I have never had Kale and this really makes the breakfast From her superhero recipes I have made Toasted Nori Burritos quick, easy and delicious, really filling too Thin Mushroom Pizzas this is hands down my now favorite veg pizza Polenta Casserole with Seitan this one did not come out too well for me, but I think it is because my polenta was too runny when I put it in the casserole to bake Did not turn out firm, but rather mushy and not tasty Doma with Tofu Cream my first attempt at making stuffed cabbage rolls and it was divine The cream is out of this world Fried Rice quick, easy and delicious with lots of fresh ingredients and very healthy first time I had daikon and lotus root and both were crunchy and delightful Baby Bok Choy Drizzled with Ume Vinaigrette light and satisfying I added some mirin and this was a wonderful salty, sweet, tangy creation Alicia s Soft Rice Porridge who knew rice could be so satisfying for breakfast Next up tempura I m looking forward to it Happy eating from the outside in This is one of the better vegan books out there She doesn t rely heavily on soy which I really appreciate The recipes, for the most part, are normal, everyday foods that my kids would eat The pictures are lovely.The first half deals with why a person should become vegan I wasn t really interested in this part since we eat meat I m just wanting to findvegetarian recipes to add into our menus to decrease our use of meat and dairy I think the author does a good job explaining the vegan This is one of the better vegan books out there She doesn t rely heavily on soy which I really appreciate The recipes, for the most part, are normal, everyday foods that my kids would eat The pictures are lovely.The first half deals with why a person should become vegan I wasn t really interested in this part since we eat meat I m just wanting to findvegetarian recipes to add into our menus to decrease our use of meat and dairy I think the author does a good job explaining the vegan diet and addresses things like supplements, protein, a stocked pantry, exercise, etc There is quite a bit of discussion on macro microbiotics which I found interesting She also sets up a few different levels of veganism those that are flirting with it, those who are vegan and those who want to be superheroes and go a little further.I thought some of the arguments for becoming vegan weren t well devoloped and she doesn t address the responsible side of meat production eating I grew up on a farm We raised our own beef, chickens, goats and sometimes rabbits and pigs I know all about having to kill cute cows and then eat them so arguments about the poor animals don t really work with me Now, as an adult and not living on a farm yet we try our best to buy meat eggs from local farmers who use humane, clean conditions for raising and butchering their animals These animals don t contain all the hormones, steroids, toxins, etc and should be included in any discussion of good nutrition There is the bad of meat, but there is also the goodthere needs to be a balance in the conversation.The second half of the book is mainly recipes and there are a lot of great sounding recipes which is why I checked the book out in the first place.For someone just starting the road to vegetarianism veganism, this would be a good starting place I think it s also a good resource for those just wanting a fewvegetarian recipes to add to their repertoire The Kind Diet


About the Author: Alicia Silverstone

Alicia Silverstone is an American actress, author, and former fashion model She first came to widespread attention in music videos for Aerosmith, and is best known for her roles in Hollywood films such as Clueless1995 and her portrayal of Batgirl in Batman Robin 1997.In 2009, Silverstone released The Kind Diet, a guide to vegan nutrition.


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