Becoming Vegan: The Complete Guide to Adopting A Healthy Plant-Based Diet Paperback – Sep 2 2004
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About the Author
Brenda Davis is a registered dietitian in private practice and co-author of the The New Becoming Vegetarian and Defeating Diabetes. She is a recognized leader in her field and an internationally acclaimed speaker. Chairperson of the Vegetarian Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association from 1999-2000, Brenda specializes in essential fatty acid nutrition and lifecycle challenges, and has published numerous articles on these and other topics relating to vegetarian nutrition. Vesanto Melina is a registered dietitian and co-author of The Food Allergy Survival Guide, New Becoming Vegetarian, and Raising Vegetarian Children. She co-authored the most recent Position Paper on Vegetarian Diets and coordinated the vegetarian section of the Manual of Clinical Dietetics, 6th Edition, both joint projects of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada.
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There is a chapter that goes over special considerations for vegan athletes and also gives a great overview of sports nutrition in general.
I was a little nervous giving up all animal products thinking there would be some nutritional nook or cranny I would miss that would make me colapse during a long run. This book told me everything I needed to put me at ease and even improve my performance.
This book is an awesome find and gives a VERY complete run-down on the pros (many) and cons (few, but important) of the vegan diet and allowed me to adopt a plant-based diet with confidence and without fear. There is so much good nutritional information packed in this book that I hate that the word "vegan" in the title (although accurate) might prevent this book from becoming a mainstream resource on nutrition.
I'm just sooooo glad that I found it. And by the way, not only did I very quickly lose those extra unwanted pounds, but now my daughter is getting a healthy start to boot. Not a bad deal.
It helped me create a diet that not only meets all my nutritional needs, but one that is easy and fun. If you are a new Vegan, considering becoming one, or are looking for ways in increase the non-animal-source areas of your diet then you need this book.
The book is long on the nuts and bolts of veganism -- benefits and pitfalls, how to plan a varied, good tasting, healthy menu, how to get the vitamins and minerals that are more difficult to get on a plant-based diet, etc. It does not get on a soapbox, nor does it try to proselytize -- I suppose the assumption is that the reader is open minded simply by the fact that he or she is reading it. Either way, it gives straightforward, no-nonsense advice on how to do it and be healthy while doing so!
One nice touch is a section towards the back called "Vegan Diplomacy" -- which has tactics of how to deal with non-vegans, especially those whose minds are a bit more closed to this kind of thing, and how to maintain good relations with a meat eating world!
This book is a "must have" if one is contemplating going Vegan or interested in the diet.
If you did make a decision to become vegan, it will tell you, nutrient by nutrient, what you will have in abundance and what you will need to pay special attention to. It will tell you sources of nutrients, and it will help you to tailor your diet to changing needs of your body and your situation(pregnant? overweight? underweight? raising a vegan child? getting older? ) It speaks to the topic of vegan diplomacy as well.
I still eat meat, much less now after reading "The China study". In this book, I finally found consize explanations to the following:
- Meat protein vs plant protein - is it true that one is superior to the other (marketing campains of food industry aside)
- Why some vegetarians don't look/feel that healthy
- What vitamins will I not have enough if I go vegan
Read it. It is like getting a second opinion.
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It's great. I was at a lost when I gave up meat but this book helped settle my mind that what I did was good for the conscience, as well as the body. Read morePublished on June 13 2014 by Donna McCreadie-Harvey
I am at this time a Vegan, with the help of this book, very clearly written advice, it opens the door, and it is up to you as to if you walk through it, I did. Read morePublished on March 5 2014 by Perky
Though I have just started using this book, I see it is absolutely packed with all you need to know about becoming vegan. It is very thorough and well organized. Read morePublished on May 31 2013 by Annette Shaw
I have not been able to find another book quite as detailed and easily understandable.
This book is great for anyone wanting to become a Vegan it has detailed explanations and... Read more
I am upset with this book, I really went off reviews and had higher expectations. I guess I wanted to get my sister a present that was more knowledgable I feel that we already know... Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2013 by Lynda
At first, I gave BECOMING VEGAN a superficial glance and was thoroughly impressed with the breadth of information covered. Read morePublished on July 2 2012 by iamyourlung
This is a well researched, evidence based book that goes step by step through the nutrients and issues of nutrition in general and vegan nutrition in detail. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2010 by Kindle Customer
I've owned this book for about a year, and still have yet to finish it.
It's quite dull, and other than the few pages of charts comparing various nutrients found in plant... Read more
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