The Kind Diet

The Kind Diet

A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet

Book - 2009
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In The Kind Diet , actress, activist, and committed conservationist Alicia Silverstone shares the insights that encouraged her to swear off meat and dairy forever, and outlines the spectacular benefits of adopting a plant-based diet, from effortless weight loss to clear skin, off-the-chart energy, and smooth digestion. She explains how meat, fish, milk, and cheese--the very foods we've been taught to regard as the cornerstone of good nutrition--are actually the culprits behind escalating rates of disease and the cause of dire, potentially permanent damage to our ecology.

Yet going meat- and dairy-free doesn't mean suffering deprivation; to the contrary, The Kind Diet introduces irresistibly delicious food that satisfies on every level--it even includes amazing desserts to keep the most stubborn sweet tooth happy. Alicia also addresses the nutritional concerns faced by many who are new to a plant-based diet, and shows how to cover every nutritional base, from protein to calcium and beyond.

Alicia knows that changing life-long dietary habits is a process, and that each person progresses at a different pace. For that reason, The Kind Diet encompasses 3 separate levels, from Flirting to Superhero. Flirts learn to dip a toe into the vegan pool, reducing their meat-eating and swapping out a few key foods for plant-based substitutes to see quickly how even small changes can reap big results. Vegans get to experience the life-altering effects of forgoing animal-products entirely, while still enjoying many convenience foods and meat substitutes in addition to the wonderful grains, vegetables and fruits that form the core of that diet. True enlightenment comes with the Superhero program, based on the principles of macrobiotics and built on a foundation of whole grains, vegetables, and other yummy foods that Alicia describes in detail.

Whether your goal is to drop a few pounds, boost your energy and metabolism, or simply save the world, Alicia provides the encouragement, the information, and the tools you need to make the transition to a plant-based diet deliciously empowering.

Publisher: Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale, c2009
ISBN: 9781605296449
Branch Call Number: ANF 641.5636 SIL
Characteristics: xi, 308 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Pearson, Victoria

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Jabisso
Aug 18, 2015

Vitamin D isn't naturally found in dairy, it's added, just like it's added to many fortified non-dairy milks, cereals and other products that vegans eat. Fatty fish and egg yolks naturally contain Vitamin D, but not every omnivore eats them. Both vegans and non-vegans can be deficient if they don't get enough sun and don't include fatty fish, eggs or fortified foods or a vitamin.

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donkeyhote
Jun 24, 2015

Plant based foods don't contain B12, but a dietician told me that fermented soy paste called miso contains it as well as yeast. However, Alicia writes that she takes a B12 supplement. People who don't take dairy should also take vitamin D for vegans can be deficient in it. This book does not have many gluten-free recipes, but there are some truly delicious desserts in it like vegan cheesecake.

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husika
Jan 22, 2015

I have become 99% vegan a few months ago. The only animal based product that I consume is raw honey. I read extensively on unpasturized honey and it has anti-bacterial and antibiotic properties. The ancient Greeks knew this and they used it to disinfect wounds. Unpasterized honey is even used in veterinary medicine . A guide dog who has been injured on the sky train and needed a lot of surgery got antibiotics after the procedure, but the skin on the surgical wounds was not viable. The vet gave her unpasterized honey bandages, and miraculously her wounds healed. I think the vegan diet is the best for human health, but I think it is vital to buy honey because bee keepers breed bees which pollinate 2/3 of our food crops. Neonicotonoids which are pesticides are killing bees by the millions each year which threatens our food security. I think consuming honey strengthens the immune system, but only if it is not heated. This book by this lovely actress is eye opening about the cruelty in our food industry. I highly recommend reading it.

This book is a life changer and a life saver. It is so informative: and lets you know exactly why you are feeling crummy, when you eat certain foods. I love this book so much I went and bought it! I wish more people would understand what Alicia is telling us in this book.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: "I think this would be really hard to follow. I love to eat meat, so I don't think I could go vegan."

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levioque
Sep 24, 2013

Ms Silverstone plays the role of a hard propagandist of vegerarianism, and so she tells us obvious un-truths. Alicia's book is unrealistic and she must know that. If we all lived on beans we would pass so much gas it would really cause a heavy greenhouse effect. The real problem is overpopulation. Alicia's car emits more CO2 than a cow; industry emits 80% of greenhouse gases, not the cows. The ever growing human crowd consumes the Earth and Nature like locusts. Humans destroy the forests and animal life and they continue this selfish growth until finally they destroy each other and themselves. This is shown in the movie "Soylent Green." In 1600 AD the world' pop was a sustainable 500 Million; today there's 14 times as many people. In the past 25-30 years the population of several underdeveloped countries doubled and they will double in the next 25 years as well. Selfish human nature, cultures and religions are the cause of this, and there's no hope for changing this shortly, so catastrophy will follow - then a new, reasonable civilization will come with a much smaller and improved human population. The solution of the world's problems is not by becoming vegetarians; human nature must be changed and the rule of selfless good reson introduced. Vegetarianism is nice, but for the moment it's not realizable worldwide, and it will bring on a huge overhaul of our whole system. Ultimately the human world will be totally separated from Nature, and it will be vegetarian, with much fewer and genetically improved people as opposed to now.

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husika1974
Sep 19, 2013

This book opens the eyes to what many animals go through before they end up on our plates. If you eat soy, make sure it is not from Brazil because it is the new cash crop that leads to the deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest.

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danialina
Mar 01, 2013

Good, easy to read book. Tried the vegan caesar salad dressing...and I must say, it's pretty spot on! Interesting concept using the 3 different categories: 1. those who are flirting with veganism, 2. those who are vegan, and 3. those who want to become superhero vegans. A lot of the "superhero" concepts are based on macrobiotics, which is great, but as a newbie vegan, I found the recipes to be a little intimidating as far as the types of foods used. Up until I read the book, the only sea vegetable I was familiar with was nori. In this book, she explores all kinds of sea vegetables such as kombu, arame, wakame, and others. The superhero diet (even though it's not the intention) seems a little rigid, in that you no longer use processed vegan products, such as soy. Spices are limited, nightshade vegetables (potatoes, eggplant, tomatoes, and peppers) and fruits are minimized, natural sugars are phased out, etc. So, while it's a great book to read just to get some information on the Kind Diet, do what's best for you and your body.

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HereHere
Dec 26, 2012

There are better vegan cookbooks out there, and some of the dietary concepts are not based on science, but there is a good recipe to make your own peanut butter cups. I did a variation and it came out acceptably (I didn't have graham crumbs, so I used icing sugar and cocoa powder to firm them up).

KileyP Jun 11, 2012

This is a great book for veggies, vegans, and meat lovers alike. Part reader, part recipe book, Silverstone tells us about her experiences, shares information in manageable bites, and keeps a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor throughout. She doesn't ever come across as preachy as to why you should go vegan - in fact she has a whole section on how you can just "flirt" with the idea - but she comes across as genuine with her concerns for you, the world and it's edible creatures.

Also has some great recipes - a few of the ingredients are a little harder to source up in Canada, but nothing is impossible (and there are still lots of recipes with easy to find ingredients)!

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