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Vegan For Life

PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 7:20 pm
by beforewisdom
I just finished this excellent book

Vegan For Life

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This is a great book for anyone interested in eating a vegan diet. Beginners will find everything they need to know boiled down into a single page, on page 88, called "The Vegan Food Guide". People who have been eating vegan diets for a while will find updated nutrition information(the book was just published in 2011), including entire chapters debunking much misinformation and urban folklore about vegan diets. I found the chapters on soy food consumption and the real health benefits of vegan diets particularly interesting.

Instead of being a comprehensive ( and much longer ) book on nutrition, this book focuses on nutrition issues that people eating vegan diets should be aware of. This makes for a shorter, fact based book that is a bit more practical for people who aren't nutrition buffs.

The book has a strong focus on practicality, actually making a vegan diet work in day to day life. In chapter 8 the authors have some really good food preparation suggestions that can be used over and over for many types of food when people are rushed and not into making a recipe. There is also a section in the back of the book on page 243 describing basic cooking instructions for dietary staple foods. All phases of life, nutrition for athletic training are covered.

Jack Norris and Virginia Messina are Registered Dietitians who stay regularly abreast of current nutrition research and who are scrupulously honest about reporting the complete story in regards to nutrition...even if it isn't always what people want to hear ( they both regularly maintain blogs dedicated to vegan nutrition information ). In other words, you can depend on them to give you complete, up to date and truthful information.

That is what you will get in this book, in plain, easy to read language.

Re: Vegan For Life

PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:40 pm
by NatB
Oooh i just read it too and thought it was great. realise i need more lysene in my diet! have made a few tweeks! def a read for all vegans! :)

Re: Vegan For Life

PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 3:52 pm
by beforewisdom
FWIW, both authors have nutrition blogs. What I like about their writing is that if there is an issue that is not flattering about vegan diets they will tell you about it where other authors of vegan nutrition information will only cherry pick out the best facts to present. IMHO, I want to hear ALL of the relevant information out there. I think it is necessary for staying healthy. You can't fix a problem if you aren't aware of it.

Re: Vegan For Life

PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:15 pm
by NatB
Yes definitely and ultimately if you dont follow a healthy vegan diet and do encounter problems its more fuel for the fire for carnivores!

Re: Vegan For Life

PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 11:54 pm
by Twoism
Just bought off amazon :)

Re: Vegan For Life

PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:26 am
by purple_mog
Bought and in process of reading - rather embarassed to realise how many assumptions I'd been making, and I have a much clearer understanding of why I ended up so badly anaemic last year too :oops:

Excellent book, and really good writing style I thought.

Re: Vegan For Life

PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 3:38 pm
by beforewisdom
It is great to hear that you got the book, read it and found something to make yourself healthier. Thanks for posting!

Re: Vegan For Life

PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:21 pm
by Twoism
Had a good read of this and it's great. There wasn't much in it that I haven't already read elsewhere, but this will be my go-to source from now on as it's so well-written/concise. It seems I have fallen for (and helped spread!) a few of the vegan myths which are dismissed in the first chapter (namely the myth that vegans require less calcium in the diet). One thing I've taken from this book is that I might not be getting enough vitamin A - definitely going to rectify that. Essential for new/prospective vegans and just an interesting read for anyone really.

Re: Vegan For Life

PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:56 pm
by beforewisdom
Ditto about the vitamin A. I started eating at least 1 carrot a day.

Re: Vegan For Life

PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 9:24 am
by Koa
Another good interview with Jack Norris:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FU6_Jq2yyRc[/youtube]

Re: Vegan For Life

PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 6:12 pm
by _Andreas_
Great read. The best book for vegan nutrition I have seen so far.