Vegan for Life: Everything You Need to Know to Be Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet (Anglais) Broché – 12 juillet 2011
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Publishers Weekly, 5/30/11
“Armed with this compendium and a vegan cookbook, novices will make an easy, healthy transition to meat, egg and dairy-free meals, while practicing vegans can use it as a guide to the best food choices.”
“Whether you’ve been enjoying a plant-based diet for years or are just starting on the adventure, Norris and Messina will prove to be outstanding mentors. Even if you don’t plan to eliminate meat and animal products completely, there’s valuable information here about incorporating foods that help you fight disease, build the immune system, and feel better in general. Vegan for Life is one of those books that you’ll pull off the shelf for inspiration and consultation time after time.”
Complete Yoga (South Africa), April issue
“Required reading for those wishing to maximize their plant-based diets.”
Library Journal, 7/15/11
Bookviews, August 2011
“For those who, for whatever reason, intend to become vegans, this book will be helpful.”
“An effective primer for those just starting to live as vegans and those interested in trying the vegan lifestyle but uncertain about its potential benefits.”
“Delicious nutrient-dense menus.”
“Awesome…A common-sense guide to eating a healthy and varied plant-based diet…If you are vegan or vegetarian, you should get—and read!—Vegan for Life.”
“A densely-packed treasure chest of nutritional information for vegans and those who feed them.”
“A book that is both so encouraging and so incredibly necessary right now.”
Veggie Voyeur, 9/1/11
“Vegan for Life makes going vegan doable. I would definitely recommend this book to vegans, the vegan-curious, and those living with vegan family members.”
“Beyond setting straight some outdated nutrition information, the book will put to rest most nutrition worries you might have.”
Vegan Things I Like (blog), 10/13/11
“It is just well researched, useful information that all vegans need to know to maintain good health and is written in an easy to understand way, filled with tables and great references.”
Quick & Easy magazine, October 2011
“Never before have I ever come across such an excellent, factual book…This book would be great for anyone. I think it would be wonderful for new vegans to start them on the right path. It would also be a great gift to any family members of a vegan who have questions (I know my mother did when I started). It should also be required reading for any longtime vegan, like myself, to make sure that you are getting the most of our diet…Get this book. Seriously… 5 Stars.”
“If you’re a new vegan, or a vegan who might be buying into the hype that a vegan diet is not sustainable, read this book. If you’re a vegan who wants a quick resource at your fingertips or the perfect book to hand over to your vegan-curious family member or friend read this book.”
Cooking the Vegan Books, 8/13/11
“Whether you’re considering veganism or you’re an old hand, Vegan for Life is a book that you won’t want to be without.”
Midwest Book Review, September 2011
“Any general lending library catering to vegetarians needs this introductory guide.”
San Francisco Book Review, 10/3/11
“Clearly written and easy to understand, this book is a must for both long-term vegans and those just considering such a path.”
Taste for Life, October issue
Green Vegan Living blog, 10/9/11
“The nutritional information is top-notch…A must read for all vegans.”
“A great book I think every vegan should have.”
The Vegetarian, Winter 2011
“Registered dieticians and longtime vegans, Jack Norris and Virginia Messina, debunk some of the most persistent myths about vegan nutrition and provide essential information about getting enough calcium, protein and finding the best supplements…Vegan for Life is the guide for aspiring and veteran vegans alike, complete with an easy-to-use- food chart, tasty substitutes, sample menus and expansive resources.”
Présentation de l'éditeur
Covering everything from a six-step transition plan to meeting calorie and nutrient needs during pregnancy and breastfeeding, Vegan for Life is the guide for aspiring and veteran vegans alike, complete with an easy-to-use food chart, tasty substitutions, sample menus, and expansive resources.
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The authors have done their research! This is not a classic vegan book repeating the same old arguments. It provides clear nutritional guidance to help vegans stay healthy and design the most adequate diet possible. It's up to date science!
You'll discover interesting pieces of information in this book. For example:
- Vegans can benefit from getting adequate amounts of protein. While it's true that almost nobody suffers from true protein deficiencies in the West, not getting adequate protein can result in muscle mass loss and poor bone health.
- Vegans should take a B12 supplement, even if they just started the diet. The old idea of "wait three years to do it because your body has reserves" is not the wisest.
- Why some vegans crash and fail to thrive, reverting back to animal foods, because they make their diet too restrictive and idealistic
- Getting the RDA for calcium is important for vegans. You'll discover which greens have a negative calcium balance and how to make sure you get enough calcium on a vegan diet, even without supplements
- Other nutrients to watch out about on a vegan diet (or any diet), such as vitamin D, iodine, zinc, etc.
- Ideas for making a vegan diet fun and easy to follow.
- Why it makes sense to take a vegan DHA supplement
- How to adapt a vegan diet to meet the needs of growing children, pregnant women, older people, etc.
This book does not contain a recipe section, but it does contain a lot of meal ideas.
It's filled with tables and useful references, so I would suggest buying the print version, as some of the tables are not as convenient to look at on the Kindle version.
You can tell that the book has been written by professional nutritionists. It's a very good reference, and a great starting point for any vegan.
Written by two Registered Dietitians who are vegans, the book covers a few of the main nutrients that vegans either tend to be deficient in, or are rumored to have difficulty getting. It provides a food guide for not just adults, but children as well, including sample meal plans for people with varying caloric needs. It also gives some great tips like what to do with leftover beans, how to feed a vegan teen, and how to make sure you get enough calcium in your diet.
I was thrilled to see that the authors also tell you straight out that every vegan – not to mention many omnivores – needs to take a B12 supplement (B12 deficiency-induced memory loss during my 1-yr stint as a Raw Vegan several yrs. ago scared me back into eating meat).
They also show you how nutritional research points to veganism as the healthiest overall diet, and get into the ethics of the diet at the end of the book (I learned some horrifying things I hadn’t heard before – and yes, I’ve seen the PETA videos).
The one negative I have to say about this book is that IMHO the authors provide too much encouragement in the way of eating processed vegan foods; i.e., the fake meats and cheeses, and dried cereal. Eating whole foods isn’t hard, and doesn’t take up that much time to prepare if you’re smart about it.
If there is ever a future edition of the book, I would also like to see the issue of grain sensitivity addressed. What’s a wannabe vegan to do whom grain bloats at the drop of a hat? The answer for myself is to eat more fruit and confine myself to one serving per day of the one grain that doesn’t cause me gas – white rice – but the authors glaze over the fact that many would-be vegans are grain-sensitive and recommend a minimum of five (!) half-cup servings of grain per day.
Which is why I am giving them four rather than five stars.
Those issues aside, if you are considering taking the plunge into a vegan diet, I highly recommend this book so that you will have the information you need to stick with it long-term, and not become a former vegan because you neglect your body’s nutritional needs.
The first few chapters provide thorough explanations of the nutrients you need and why you need them. Their discussion of why vegans need to take a B-12 supplement, for instance, is one of the best I've read. They also address issues about getting enough protein and about the soy controversy, and also have chapters covering pregnancy and breastfeeding, raising children, and being an athlete.
The best chapter -- and the reason I really wanted to get this -- is Chapter 7 The Vegan Food Guide. In this section, the authors lay out a vegan food pyramid, exactly what supplements to take, and sample menus. This chapter will be extremely helpful to me in planning out my meals. This chapter alone makes this the best book I've bought on veganism; it helped alleviate my worries about getting enough nutrients, and made everything very clear.
What I especially appreciate is how balanced their view is. For instance, they look at research that is both for and against certain aspects of vegan nutrition, and are up front with the fact that it's OK if occasionally things slip by in packaged goods. For instance, they let readers know that there are "hidden" animal ingredients in products like white sugar and maple syrup, but encourage readers to not get "bogged down" with stressing about it.
One of my favorite sections in the book is where the authors quote blogger Robert Mason, who talks about not trying to "strain credulity" by trying to prove that humans are naturally vegans. We most likely, Mason maintains, evolved by eating meat, and it's dishonest to deny it. That being said, Mason suggests that vegans instead focus on why they made the decision to eat as they do: "The argument for veganism has always been primarily ethical, and ought to remain that way. It's based on a concern for the future, not an obsessions about the past."
That being said, I have to add that this is not a boring tome on nutrition or ethics--it is an easily read, fun yet informative book. Filled with easy to follow advice and suggestions.
They cover everything from how to eat, what to eat, and why one would eat vegan (e.g., ethical issues, health issues). Detailed discussions of supplements and menu suggestions are included. This is essential reading for anyone considering a transition to a vegan diet as well as those who have been vegan for some time.
I highly recommend Vegan for Life and thank and applaud the authors on this great book. It is my new "Bible" and go-to book for eating healthy and well. I ordered the hard copy for my patient waiting room and ordered the digital for my Ipad. I look forward to their future books!