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The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet

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41 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

Wonderful!

The title: The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet, by Alicia Silverstone, says it all. The plant-based diet, according to Silverstone (and a few doctors quoted) will improve your health, help prevent disease, improve the env...
The title: The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet, by Alicia Silverstone, says it all. The plant-based diet, according to Silverstone (and a few doctors quoted) will improve your health, help prevent disease, improve the environment and help you lose weight.

The book begins with Silverstone's personal story. It includes her early attempts at not eating meat, and an unhealthy period when she ate only raw foods.

Then the book discusses the "nasty foods"--meat, dairy, white sugar and processed foods. We learn the many reasons these foods are unhealthy, bad for the planet and bad for animal's welfare.

Next, we learn what the "kind foods" are--notably, whole grains, new proteins, veggies and healthy desserts.

There is a chapter on nutritional FAQ's.

Silverstone gets we are not all ready for a vegan diet, especially if we are used to a diet heavy in meats, dairy and processed foods. So, she presents three levels: flirting, vegan and superhero.

In flirting, she makes recommendations like: go to a vegetarian restaurant and order a dish, buy some vegan products from her "Transitional Food Chart", and simply recommends we start adding vegan meals into our diets.

In vegan, she presents a plan on how to build a meal and a vegan meal plan.

Finally, the superhero level is loosely based on the macrobiotic diet (minus fish,) and features fresh, local and seasonal fare.

Silverstone adds helpful tips, like chew your food really well, what to do about detoxing and cravings and more.

There is a chapter on tips when away from home.

Lifestyle tips is a very short chapter, mentioning things like the importance of reusing and buying secondhand. She recommends the book, THE ECO CHICKS GUIDE TO LIFE: HOW TO BE FABULOUSLY GREEN, for natural cleaning and personal products--and, I agree--a good book. I would also recommend HARMONIOUS ENVIRONMENT: BEAUTIFY, DETOXIFY & ENERGIZE YOUR LIFE, YOUR HOME & YOUR PLANET to learn how to make your entire home green and beautiful for optimal health.

The book concludes with fantastic looking recipes (I'm a pretty good cook, I can always tell.) The recipes are divided into vegan and superhero.

Even if you are not committed to a full time vegan diet, I highly recommend this book--just start with the flirting and see where it takes you.

posted by DavidaHarp on October 13, 2009

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103 out of 165 people found this review helpful.

A vegetarian from an actress with no credentials

I bought this book as my daughther is a strict vegetarian. But I found the recipes to be totally impractical. Here are some of the ingredients suggested if you can recognize them.
daikon rounds
shoyu
unflavored mochi
jijiki
mirin
burdock
hemp seeds
umebos...
I bought this book as my daughther is a strict vegetarian. But I found the recipes to be totally impractical. Here are some of the ingredients suggested if you can recognize them.
daikon rounds
shoyu
unflavored mochi
jijiki
mirin
burdock
hemp seeds
umeboshi vinegar
dandelion
brown rice mochi
mellow white miso
dried wakame
fennel bulb
umeboshi plum paste

posted by marystuartdenver on January 16, 2010

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  • Posted November 3, 2010

    Lots of fun, but leaves you feeling guilty

    I've been in the "flirting" stage for over a year now. I don't believe in doing anything "cold turkey", no pun intended.

    I've loved Alicia since "Clueless," and idolized her when I was a pre-teen. Now that I'm a flexitarian, I thought I'd buy her book.

    Although it's chock full of useful information from her point of view, as well as recipes, it makes me feel guilty for not being a VEGAN!

    I'm a card-carrying member of PETA, but I often fret about their emphasis of VEGANISM, the way this book does. Whatever happened to praising VEGETARIANS?

    At times, I feel guilty reading this book. I'm a pesco-pavo-vegetarian and I feel a bit judged.

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    Posted May 5, 2010

    enjoyable

    leisure read and informative

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