Never Too Late to Go Vegan: The Over-50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet

Never Too Late to Go Vegan: The Over-50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet

Never Too Late to Go Vegan: The Over-50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet

Never Too Late to Go Vegan: The Over-50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet


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If you're 50 or over and thinking (or already committed to!) a vegan diet and lifestyle that will benefit your health, animals, and the planet, look no further than this essential all-in-one resource. Authors Carol J. Adams, Patti Breitman, and Virginia Messina bring 75 years of vegan experience to this book to address the unique concerns of those coming to veganism later in life, with guidance on:

• The nutritional needs that change with aging
• How your diet choices can reduce your odds of developing heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other conditions
• Easy steps for going vegan, including how to veganize your favorite recipes and navigate restaurant menus, travel, and more
• How to discuss your decision to go vegan with friends and family
• The challenges of caring for aging or ailing relatives who are not vegan
• And many other topics of particular interest to those over 50.

Warmly written, down-to-earth, and filled with practical advice, plus insights from dozens of seasoned over-50 vegans, Never Too Late to Go Vegan makes it easier than ever to reap the full rewards of a whole-foods, plant-rich diet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615190980
Publisher: The Experiment
Publication date: 01/28/2014
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,102,067
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Carol J. Adams is the author of the pioneering The Sexual Politics of Meat, called a “vegan bible” by The New York Times and now in a twentieth-anniversary edition, plus more than twenty other books and over one hundred articles. She frequently speaks on college campuses. She is working on a memoir about her decade as a caregiver. She lives near Dallas, Texas, with her partner and their two rescued dog companions, Holly and Inky. Find out more about Carol at

Patti Breitman is the director of the Marin Vegetarian Education Group and a cofounder of Dharma Voices for Animals. She is the coauthor, with Connie Hatch, of How to Say No Without Feeling Guilty and, with Carol J. Adams, of How to Eat Like a Vegetarian Even If You Never Want to Be One. Patti is on the advisory council of the Animals and Society Institute and grows vegetables in her community garden. She teaches seasonal vegan cooking classes in Marin County, California, where she lives.

Virginia Messina, MPH, RD, is coauthor of Vegan for Life and Vegan for Her and of the first textbook on vegetarian nutrition for medical professionals. She writes and speaks on vegan nutrition for both consumers and health professionals. Ginny serves on the advisory board of the Vegetarian Resource Group and on the board of directors of VegFund. She lives in Port Townsend, Washington, with her husband and an ever-changing population of rescued cats. Find out more about Ginny at

Table of Contents

Preface: With Age, Wisdom; with Wisdom, Vegan xi

Part 1 It Really is Never Too Late to Go Vegan 1

Chapter 1 Why Now? Positive Aging the Vegan Way 3

Chapter 2 How to Go Vegan: Your Next Major Life Decision 20

Chapter 3 Why Vegan? Veganism Is a Simple and Effective Response to a Series of Complex Contemporary Issues 37

Part 2 Nutrition for the 50+ Body 61

Chapter 4 Why and How We Age 63

Chapter 5 A Healthy Diet for 50+ Vegans 77

Chapter 6 Vegan Diets for Lifelong Health 104

Part 3 Eats Well with Others 135

Chapter 7 Relationship Dynamics: Family and Friends and Veganism 137

Chapter 8 Vegan in the World 161

Chapter 9 Veganism and Caregiving 183

Part 4 Let's Eat! 205

Chapter 10 How to Veganize: Basic Substitutions 215

Chapter 11 Recipes for Everyday and Festive Eating 235

Permissions Acknowledgments 326

Acknowledgments 328

Notes 331

Index 341

About the Authors 352

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