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Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World

Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World

by Kathy Freston
Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World

Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World

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 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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781602861336
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kathy Freston is the author of four previous books, two of them--The One and Quantum Wellness--instant New York Times bestsellers. She appears frequently on national television, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Ellen, Good Morning America, The View, The Martha Stewart Show, and Extra. Her articles appear regularly on the Huffington Post and Alternet, and her work has been featured in Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, Self, W, and Fitness, among other publications. She and her husband divide their time between New York and Los Angeles.

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

What People are Saying About This

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

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