Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World

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Kathy Freston wasn't born a vegan. The bestselling author and renowned wellness expert actually grew up on chicken-fried steak and cheesy grits and loved nothing more than BBQ ribs and vanilla milkshakes. Not until her thirties did she embrace the lifestyle of a veganist—someone who eats a plant-based diet not just for their own personal well-being but for the whole web of benefits it brings to our ecosystem and beyond. Kathy's shift toward this new life was gradual—she leaned into it—but the impact was profound....
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Overview

Kathy Freston wasn't born a vegan. The bestselling author and renowned wellness expert actually grew up on chicken-fried steak and cheesy grits and loved nothing more than BBQ ribs and vanilla milkshakes. Not until her thirties did she embrace the lifestyle of a veganist—someone who eats a plant-based diet not just for their own personal well-being but for the whole web of benefits it brings to our ecosystem and beyond. Kathy's shift toward this new life was gradual—she leaned into it—but the impact was profound. Now Kathy shows us how to lean into the veganist life. Effortless weight loss, reversal of disease, environmental responsibility, spiritual awakening—these are just a few of the ten profound changes that can be achieved through a gentle switch in food choices.

Filled with compelling facts, stories of people who have improved their weight and health conditions as a result of making the switch, and Q&As with the leading medical researchers, Veganist concludes with a step-by-step practical guide to becoming a veganist, easily and gradually. It is an accessible, optimistic, and illuminating book that will change the way you eat forever. No less delicious, still hearty and satisfying—just better for you and for all.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly Audio
White turns in a workmanlike performance in this audio version of Freston's guide to the benefits of a plant-based diet. Full of useful tips, practical information, and personal stories about veganism, Freston makes a compelling case for giving up meat and dairy products, but she can present a change in diet as something of a panacea for everything from illness to environmental degradation and spiritual malaise. Karen White's narration is crisp, well-paced and pleasantly cheerful. Her conversational and encouraging delivery works to personalize the book's stories and arguments—all the while eschewing any hint of sanctimony. A useful, very encouraging guide for listeners considering a vegan or vegetarian diet. A Weinstein hardcover. (Feb.)
Publishers Weekly
In this cheery manifesto, healthy-living guru Freston (Quantum Wellness) promises readers who gives up meat, dairy, and eggs that they will effortlessly lose weight, avoid cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer's, save money, help the poor, reduce their carbon footprint and animal suffering, and evolve spiritually. Freston, coining the word "veganist," puts a soft edge on the vegan lifestyle: "It's not about hard lines or purity or perfection but about intention and holding ideas loosely and taking steps in the direction of the kind of person you want to be." She supports her claims with interviews from medical authorities like Dean Ornish and Neal Barnard, numerous stories from people who converted and changed their lives, and a few tales from animal rights activists who went undercover in the factory farm. The book provides "tips for making the switch," FAQs answered by Dr. Barnard, and sample menus, but no recipes, so readers used to meat and potatoes may be stymied by how to prepare "flax seed and whole-grain pizza with classic margherita topping." Even so, for the novice, this book offers a gentle, guilt-free path to a meatless (or even, as Feston says, "vegan-ish") life.
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"For the novice, this book offers a gentle, guilt-free path to a meatless (or even, as Freston says, "vegan-ish") life." —-Publishers Weekly
Library Journal
Freston (www.kathyfreston.com), author of several titles on cleansing, weight loss, conscious eating, and overall physical and spiritual wellness, here presents a treatise on adopting a vegan diet and lifestyle. Less a guidebook or cookbook than a testament to the benefits of being a vegan—e.g., weight loss, improving the planet, achieving emotional balance, and saving animals' lives—the book includes anecdotes from people who have benefited from the switch as well as extensive excerpts from an interview Freston conducted with fellow author/wellness expert Dean Ornish, M.D. (founder & president, Preventive Medicine Research Inst.). Audie Award nominee Karen White delivers an excellent reading of the material, and the production quality of this audio is high. But while the text is informative, it sounds like an infomercial or extended Oprah or Ellen segment—both shows on which the author has appeared—and the lengthy interview portions detract from the narrative flow. Most likely to appeal to fans of Freston and those new to the vegan lifestyle, who will find much of interest here. [The Weinstein hc, published in February, was a New York Times best seller.—Ed.]—Nicole A. Cooke, Montclair State Univ. Lib., NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602861596
  • Publisher: Weinstein Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/27/2011
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 244,554
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Kathy Freston is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The One and Quantum Wellness and of Expect a Miracle, and her work has been featured in Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, Self, and other publications.

Karen White has been narrating and directing audiobooks for more than a dozen years and has well over one hundred books to her credit. Honored to be included among AudioFile's Best Voices 2010 and 2011, she is also an Audie Award finalist and has earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards for narration and direction.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Big Picture ix

Promise 1 Your Body Will Find and Maintain Its Ideal Weight-Effortlessly 1

Straight from the Source: Dean Ornish, MD, on Losing Weight 21

Ben's Story: Weight Loss Was an Unexpected Benefit 28

Promise 2 You Will Lower Your Risks for Cancer, Heart Disease, and Diabetes-and Even Reverse Diseases Already Diagnosed 37

Straight from the Source: T. Colin Campbell, PhD, on Diet and Cancer 41

Meg's Story: Surviving Cancer with a Plant-Based Diet 50

Straight from the Source: Caldwell Esselstyn, MD, on Heart Disease 57

Robert's Story: Reversing the Family Heart-Attack Pattern 61

Straight from the Source: Neal Barnard, MD, on Diabetes 73

Natala's Story: Her Diabetes Cure 81

Promise 3 You Will Live Longer-and Better 88

Ruth's Story: You Can Be Fit at Any Age 100

Promise 4 You Will Take Yourself Out of Harm's Way 106

Straight from the Source: Michael Greger, MD, on Factory Farming and Superbugs 109

Promise 5 You Will Save Money 127

Promise 6 You Will Radically Reduce Your Carbon Footprint and Do the Single Best Thing You Can for the Environment 144

Promise 7 You Will Be Helping Provide Food to the Global Poor 158

Promise 8 You Will Reduce Animal Suffering 166

Bruce's Story: A Journey Begins 168

Gene's Story: The Rescuer 174

Josh's Story: Undercover at a Chicken Factory 176

Undercover at an Egg Farm 181

Promise 9 You Will Be Following the Wisdom of the Great Spiritual Traditions 194

Promise 10 You Will Evolve-and Take the World with You 216

Afterword: Making the Shift 236

Frequently Asked Questions, Answered by the Doctor 250

Three Weeks of Meals 260

Shopping List 266

Cookbooks and Websites 279

Acknowledgments 283

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2011

    "Veganist" is simply beauty and perfection!

    For someone, like Kathy Freston, who's mantra is "Progress, not perfection," she sure has come as close as I've ever seen in this book. I have been a long time fan of Kathy and her work and "Veganist" is her best work yet and my favorite book that I've read in a long time.

    I judge books not only on if they strike a chord with me, but also if I think there are others, with or without the same viewpoint, who would enjoy reading them as well. I cannot think of a single person that I would not buy this book for or share it with. Vegans, vegetarians, and carnivores alike, will all gleen something out of this amazingly informative and non-judgemental book. Even Bono is quoted on the back cover, stating his meat-eating ways, and how Kathy opened his eyes to something new.

    "Veganist" allows readers to make their own minds up about the information presented but does so in such a clear and friendly way. Freston talks about how we can heal our bodies, our planet, and any disease we may have simply by being aware of the world around us and what we put into our bodies. Even just one meal a week or substituting new foods that I had never heard of. It is an exciting new way to look at food and diet and the world and a GREAT way to start off a new year and a new you!

    Being a southern gal myself, I relate to Kathy's past love of all things meat and cheese and will lean into this way of life, as she mentions.

    Overall, a wonderful read and something I recommend to anyone, any age.

    34 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2011

    Changed Our Lives!!!

    We first saw Kathy Freston on the Oprah show, what an amazing show ... literally taking us into a place many people don't get to see and what many people don't want to even talk about. We bought the book and have never looked back. I have been a "veganist" now for only six days and I can't even begin to explain how much better I feel already. My husband started out "veganish" but is now totally on board after reading the book and this is HUGE! He has always been a meat loving Italian and now he says he doesn't ever intend on eating anything but a plant based diet. We are both forever changed and grateful that we watched the show that day and chose to purchase this book. Kathy doesn't preach ... she just puts the facts out there and it ends up being a no brainer. This is a must read bood for EVERYONE!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

    looks interesting

    just saw her on Oprah.

    looking forward to reading this.

    to the person who feels that this is overpriced, may I suggest you find something nice to say in the future, you do not have to buy this book you can go to your local library I am sure that will be more in line with your budget. geesh.

    4 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2011

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!

    Kathy Freston is awesome! Even if you are not a vegan or even thinking of becoming one the information she provides in this book is easy to understand. Her interviews with top doctors show that this is not just one crazy vegan's opinion. A must read for anyone interested in nutrition and health.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

    Highly recommended for new vegans.

    Easy reading, good information, a must have for every new vegan.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2011

    Love it

    For someone who never considered anything but meat, cheese and potatoes for dinner this is a real eye-opener

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2011

    Awesome read!

    Life changing book. A must.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2011

    Why Going 'Vegan' Is/Can Be Great Option{s}.

    Ms. Freston gave quite passionate reasoning for 'going vegan'.Miss. Oprah's Staff Members had truly amazing results. Since am personally allergic to Soy & Soooo Many Other Food Items, I have to be carefull.{As for complaints on book cost a suggestion~joining Barnes & Noble as a Member. The Benefits are Money Back in one's pocket!}Even 1~3 meatless meals a week is a start.Or Add More Vegetables to Meals as my husband & I do and have done for over a year. I gave up mayonnaise and never realised it! Found mustard and other add ins are quite flavorable and more safe in warmer weather.We All handle what we can.Tho' don't be so quick to throw baby out with bath water. Look first,then decide.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    Life changing

    This book has changed my life. I never believed I would become vegan I just thought I was reading a book. But then I thought why not try and I don't eat crave or want dairy. An existing digestive issue that awoke me every night has disappeared. All the while she makes you feel as if you're on some fun amazing adventure.
    Sherry Venger

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    not worth it

    there are plenty of other books that do a better job of explaining the health benefits of veganism ------ the menu plan (no recipes) are so basic, anyone could come up with them

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2011

    too expensive

    still overpriced when compared to other bestsellers and diet books. fail.

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    heppy

    heppy

    1 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

    I used to be strongly against veganism, but with some prior





    I used to be strongly against veganism, but with some prior support and the help of Veganist by Kathy Freston I have significantly reduced my intake of animal by-products.  Freston brings up extremely significant and impactful points about the positive affect being vegan has on health, the environment, animals and lastly emphasizes the spiritual benefits as well.    This books appeals to all people due to its wide assortment of topics that are all promoted by veganism.  Whether you are interested in the health benefits of being vegan or are more interested in the protection of animals aspect, this book will real you in.  Every section was constantly backed up by real success stories, undercover reporters and doctors all proving the importance of a plant based diet.  Not only are all of the points made is this book legitimate but they also make the switch from a meat based diet to veganism seem more probable  and practical with simple adjustments and a “leaning in” style of switching.  If before this book you were contemplating making this, not just diet change, but lifestyle change, you will be quickly convinced it is a beneficial decision.  Freston’s arguments toward veganism have inspired me to; make these healthy changes to my diet in order to promote animal rights, using my dollar, and create a more healthy body and mind for myself that will hopefully influence others to do the same.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Kathy begins moderately, but after page 100 goes wack-job.

    If you are a moderate and do not believe that Americans and Cows are the source of all things environmentally wrong with the earth, then don't read this e-book. It has a promising start with a delusional finish.

    Perhaps the grossly over-populated continents of the world should simply practice "0 population growth?"

    misterbill

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  • Posted August 6, 2012

    Excellent, informative book about the incredibly healthy benefit

    Excellent, informative book about the incredibly healthy benefits of going on a vegan diet-- I'd highly recommend it for anyone thinking about going vegan; or even for those who've already done so, the facts she presents about plant-based food diets effects on many formerly-sick and/or overweight patients will definitely help shore up your resolve to stay with it, since there's no good reason NOT to eat vegan anymore! With so many tasty, healthy alternatives and meat-substitutes that can be found in markets and restaurants everywhere these days, vegetarians and vegans have a lot more easily-available options to chose from!

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