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The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet [Hardcover]

Alicia Silverstone , Neal D. Barnard
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Book Description

Oct. 13 2009

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.

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About the Author

Alicia Silverstone, perhaps best known for her generation-defining turn in Clueless, continues to work steadily in film, television, and theater. A dynamic fixture in the acting, political, and scientific communities, she is a dedicated advocate on behalf of the planet and its animals, and was voted "Sexiest Vegetarian Alive" in 2004. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Christopher, and their four rescued dogs.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational book! Jan. 4 2010
The book is fun yet informative. Purely inspirational. If you're thinking of making the leap to vegan or just exploring what a plant-based diet is, this is the book for you. Beautiful photos and wonderful references with a great online community.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very informative and well written book April 4 2010
I heard about this book on Oprah and planned to get it from the library. When I saw how many holds there were, I decided to buy it from Amazon. I was not disappointed in the least. The author provides very current information to back up her reasons for choosing a plant based diet. She does not try to use "shock value" but rather,to educate with factual data. I appreciate her honesty when discussing some of the challenges of eliminating animal foods from ones diet. She also breaks down the diet into three categories depending on ones level of commitment. The first half of the book discusses the typical North American diet and why it is so unhealthy and unethical. The second half of the book is full of easy to prepare recipes, so there is something for everyone in this book.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a feel good book Nov. 17 2009
This is much more than a cookbook. I feel like I am reading a letter from a good friend and her advice is heart warming without being preachy, which is great. I am not a vegan, but I definately will be trying to eat less meat and try more healthy alternatives from her book. Thanks Alicia.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will make anyone want to go vegan! Jan. 29 2010
I have read this book and now tried a number of recipes. It is well written and explains things in a very simplistic way, but seems to have some research to back it up.

The recipes in this book are really, really good. Many of them will call for expensive ingredients, especially with sweeteners since Alicia does not use processed sugars. That being said, I highly reccomend!

There is a website with a forum linked to this book that is also really useful. I have yet to try something that has not been awesome.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Jan. 4 2010
I love this book! It is non-judgmental, but very informative about eating better and preserving our planet. Good job!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Sweet May 7 2010
By Lee
I'm very impressed with the way Alicia lives her life. I am already eating a plant based diet but her book has inspired me to take one step further towards health by reducing the amount of processed and convenience foods that I rely on.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly....This REALLY works! Oct. 18 2010
As a 48 year old business manager guy, I was totally skeptical about this book and diet. Sadly, I already was developing health/weight issues and had to take action. I'd tried low-fat, Mediterranean, Atkins, South Beach, etc. etc. diets and none of them produced significant changes in my blood work and overall health.

Then I did something remarkable...I actually bought and read this book. I have to say it changed my life! I'm in excellent health now. I can't thank Alicia and Dr. Neal Barnard enough!

After some Googling I also found out about Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr and a 20-year study in the "American Journal of Cardiology" that backs up virtually everything in Alicia's book.

Today I'm super healthy and feel 20 years younger thanks to "The Kind Diet". The strange part was that the "decision" to try this diet was the hardest part -"living the diet" is really easy and the food is delicious!

Thank you Alicia for saving my life and my health!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read/follow Sept. 18 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I chose a high rating becasue this book is easy to read, easy to follow, straight forward.
I really like the recipe suggestions.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone thinking of becoming a vegetarian or vegan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life changing.
Even though I love the information and the recipes they do include unfamiliar ingredients to a new vegan. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marilyn Hobson
4.0 out of 5 stars The world can always use a little more kindness
Alicia Silverstone's diet / lifestyle recommendations are well-researched and presented in a fun, conversational tone. I have been inspired by several of her recipes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K8Mac
5.0 out of 5 stars kind diet review
This book is interesting, funny and chock full of super useful information and recipes. I'm constantly rereading sections to stay motivated.
Published 2 months ago by Candice Osmond
4.0 out of 5 stars really great recipes.
really great recipes..peanut cups are my fav. some recipes have ingredients that are not easy to find. I will still recommend this book
Published 2 months ago by Kathleen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
An awesome read and you really learn about how terrible the world is to animals. You also learn A LOT about the food you eat. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Paranormal Addict
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Message, Okay Cookbook
I have a lot of vegan cookbooks including this one. I got it a few years ago when it first came out, and while I still have it, I don't use it often. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Under Ether
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
loved it. Was more then I expected. Recipes were simple and delicious. Lots of tips for the new vegetarian or one who is a pro.
Published 5 months ago by 4you
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's Get Kind :)
Alicia writes a beautiful book that is fun to read and inspirational. I've recommended the book to many! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Racheal Boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a Vegetarian!
Loved this book -- it was the inspiration for me to jump right into a plant-based diet. It's been well over a month and I haven't looked back, and do not miss meat. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Susan Dorling
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Cookbook I own!
Amazing cookbook! There are a couple recipes that were not my favourite but overall I love, love, love this cookbook and this is coming from a cookbook junkie!
Published 13 months ago by aaa
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