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Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World

Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World

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by Kathy Freston
     
 

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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

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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. 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.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602861596
Publisher:
Weinstein Publishing
Publication date:
12/27/2011
Edition description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
593,593
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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From the Publisher
"For the novice, this book offers a gentle, guilt-free path to a meatless (or even, as Freston says, "vegan-ish") life." —-Publishers Weekly

Meet the Author

Karen White has been narrating audiobooks since 1999, with more than two hundred to her credit. Honored to be included in AudioFile's Best Voices and Speaking of Audiobooks's Best Romance Audio 2012 and 2013, she is also an Audie Award finalist and has earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards and Library Journal starred reviews.

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