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Whether you want to lose weight, get healthy, or help save the world, transitioning to a vegan diet is easy with advice, tips, and recipes from actress Alicia Silverstone. 

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.

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.

About the Author

Alicia Silverstone, perhaps best known for her generation-defining turn in  Clueless, continues to work steadily in film, television, and theater. She is the author of  The Kind Mama. 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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The Journey Starts Here

These days, it seems like there are a million and one problems in the world; global warming, droughts, rising food costs, toxic waterways, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, starvation . . . it’s enough to make anyone want to crawl into a hole with a big bowl of ice cream!

Of course you know ice cream’s not the solution. But what if I told you that the ice cream you’re craving is actually one of the causes of every single one of those problems? What if I said that by choosing nondairy ice cream instead, you’d be taking a huge step toward solving them all?

And what about your health? Do you feel like your body is some mystery that only your doctor understands? Do you feel like getting older is just another way of saying “falling apart”? What if I told you that, by eating a varied, plant-based diet, you will strengthen your immune system, beautify your skin, increase your energy, and reduce your risk (signifi cantly) of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, allergies, asthma, and almost every other disease? What if I said that I feel myself getting younger, more powerful, and more beautiful as I age simply because of what I eat? Of course the food we choose is not the only factor in our health and well-being, but it’s definitely one of the most important—and, luckily, it’s one we have control over. How does that nondairy ice cream sound now?

If you want to lose weight, you’ve come to the right place. But, unlike other diet books, I won’t ask you to freak out about calories, carbs, or the glycemic index. With the Kind Diet, your relationship to your body, food, and the concept of dieting itself will transform. By staying away from nasty foods and making friends with grains and vegetables, a whole new, beautiful body will emerge.

And finally, do you feel like you’re at peace with yourself? Comfortable in your own body? In your life? Or are you constantly battling yourself (or others), never feeling whole or balanced? Do you feel like you’re in touch with your heart—your authentic self? I know it might sound crazy to say that your diet is behind that, too, but it is. When you begin to eat whole grains and abstain from craz-ymaking foods like white sugar, you will see how amazing and joyous and peaceful life really is.

By following the Kind Diet, you will lose weight easily, your skin will absolutely glow, you will have tons of energy, and you will become more sensitive to all the important things in life—like love, nature, and your deepest, truest self. By eating this way, you will become stronger. Your immune system will work more efficiently as your body releases excess fats and toxins. Released from the grip of certain foods, your body will begin to heal itself.

So here’s your end of the bargain: Prioritize food. I know, I know, you’re thinking, “I already prioritize food—I’m always on a diet! I think about food all the time!” But that’s not what I mean. It’s time to really reacquaint yourself with actual food , the stuff that comes out of the ground, the stuff that’s designed to go in our bodies, supporting not only our physical functions but our hearts and even our souls.

Here’s another promise that perhaps your tongue needs to hear: You will not feel deprived! If you make that single decision to prioritize food, try out some recipes, and explore some great healthy restaurants, you will be amazed at how delicious this food is. I didn’t grow up vegetarian—as a kid my favorite food was pork chops—so I’ve made the transition that I’m asking you to consider. Not only was it possible, it was the best thing I’ve ever done. Period.

By the way, this isn’t a lifestyle designed for celebrities and rich people. I’m not selling you some glamorous program that requires ridiculous equipment, fancy private sessions, or expensive creams. This radiant health is available to every single one of us because it’s nature’s way. I love that! And these days, the food is even cheap; trade in steak for grains and beans, and your grocery bill goes down. Find a local farmers’ market for great prices on organic vegetables. Or even grow your own! You may find, over time, that you see your doctor less often. That you walk more and drive less. That you don’t need that frappuccino, antacid, or sleeping pill.

But that’s not all. One of the things I love best about the Kind Diet is that you will actually become part of the solution to our global problems. Following a plant-based diet dials down our insane consumption of resources like fresh water, oil, coal, and the precious rain forest. It helps to heal the environment by denying support to toxic food industries. It is a significant move toward ending world hunger and distributing food more equitably.

I believe that at the core of every human is love, and it seeks to spread itself—that’s what love’s all about. Your heart will open more than ever and that love will start to spread, affecting all the people in your life. And because the Kind Diet is sustainable, you are—by making simple, delicious choices—loving the whole planet with every single bite. I mean, come on . . . How cool is that?

Finally, deciding to follow a plant-based diet has introduced me to the most amazing individuals—so many of them kind, interesting, and awake. Wonderful people like Woody Harrelson. So I’ll end this introduction with a story: About 10 years ago, right after becoming vegan, I was feeling sort of alone and disconnected. I had bumped into Woody at a number of events, but we’d never really talked, so one day I called him. “Woody,” I said, “I’m so frustrated. I keep learning about food, and the planet, and I feel like I’m going crazy!”

After a moment he said, in his Woody way, “I’m taking a trip to Peru, down the Amazon. Wanna come? We’re trying to save the rain forest.”

“Uhh . . .”

“I’m bringing my wife, Laura, maybe the kids. Bring your boyfriend . . . it’ll be fun.”

Two months later, I met Woody Harrelson officially, for the first time, in the Lima airport. Three days later, he and Christopher were racing canoes down the Amazon, stark naked and paddling furiously, with me and Laura behind them, laughing. Vegan friends are the best.

Since then, I’ve been inspired by the joy Woody and Laura take in living life while simultaneously caring for themselves, their kids, and the earth. Their consciousness magically and mysteriously raises mine. Through this book, I hope I can do the same for you. As you get into this stuff, you will meet people full of hope and light, with a real love for this planet. They will make your life richer and more meaningful than you ever thought possible. And that is the greatest gift of all.

Part 1
Kind versus Nasty

Chapter 1
What''s So Kind About Dieting?

diet: (noun) a way of living, or thinking, a day''s journey

This was the definition of diet when it entered the English language in the mid-1600s. So simple! So sane! How did this cute little word become synonymous with deprivation, suffering, and—let’s be honest—total hell?

With the Kind Diet, we are returning the word to its original defi nitions, for this journey is about changing how you think and live, one day at a time. And by allowing your mind and your choices to change, you will see amazing—even magical—results. It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen, I promise, because it happened to me: By eating satisfying, delicious, plant-based foods, I was released from the prison of dieting.

Oh, the freedom of that! How amazing it is never to have to start another diet! To be able to think about my life, and the world, instead of spazzing out about calories and constantly asking myself, “Can I eat that?” It’s like I got my brain back! These days, I get to eat as much as I wantof foods that I love, and I never have to fear them. I feel truly and deeply nourished by food. I’mso grateful for that.

But what do I mean by “kind”? Well, let’s start with you. This is about being really, really good to yourself. The Kind Diet will give you tons of energy, mental clarity, gorgeous skin, and a zest for life you won’t want to miss. Plus, it’s powerful; doctors like Dean Ornish and John MacDougall have discovered that plant-based diets have the power to reverse heart disease, diabetes, even cancer.

So this is about treating yourself like a total goddess and putting yourself first. And you deserve that kindness, my friend. I used to equate having self-worth with being selfish, but now I understand that taking care of myself is the most beautiful thing I can do. And quite frankly, I can’t be a good actor, I can’t be a good wife, friend, or mother (to my dogs) . . . I can’t be a good anything until I’ve taken care of myself fi rst. So this kindness to yourself is paramount.

And it doesn’t stop there. Th is kindness extends to the earth itself; because it requires less fuel, water, and other precious resources, a plant-based diet is much lighter on the planet. And because it is clean, this diet helps our soil, water, and atmosphere get healthy as well. You will see that the Kind Diet reduces planetary suff ering on all levels; following a plant-based diet is just about the greenest thing you can do.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves; this is a process. My own journey, which started quite a while ago and continues to this day, has had its own back-and-forths and big opportunities for learning, growth, and letting go. None of it happened overnight; it took some time, as most transformations do.

We’ll start with my story. It began innocently enough—just a young girl wanting to save some dogs. Little did I know that I was actually stepping into the Magical-Life-Altering-Save-the-World-Soul-Expansion Machine!

You see, I’ve always been an animal-lover. Since I was a little, little girl. And my mom was the same way; if we saw a dog running in the street that looked in need, she’d slam on the brakes, and I’d hop out of the car to run after it—even on the freeway. We were a little dynamic duo. I’m still rescuing dogs to this day.

Every little kid is born with an innate love of animals. Animals are complete and individual creatures, each with a distinct personality, and children connect with that.

But the second you get old enough, people say that relating to animals is juvenile and they try to talk you out of it. I know a lot of people who grew up on farms and were given a piglet or a calf to raise. They loved it and cared for it, like any kid would. And then one day the parent has the animal slaughtered and says, “Toughen up. This is what it is to be a grown-up.”

My love of animals came crashing down on my love of meat at the ripe old age of 8. My brother and I were on an airplane, and when my dinner came, it was a lamb chop. Just as I stuck my fork in, my brother started making sheep sounds and bleating baa baa  like a baby lamb. (He was 13 at this point and knew exactly how to torment me.) Suddenly it all came together in my head and I freaked. I might as well have killed the lamb with my own hands. I decided right there on that flight that I was now a vegetarian.

But what did I know about nutrition or dietary concerns at 8? For the next month I ate nothing but ice cream and eggs. And then my resolve slipped. I stopped and started a lot or “forgot” I had sworn off meat. Truth be told, I think I conveniently forgot because I sure loved pork chops, bacon, steak, and everything else. . . .

At 12, I went to my first acting class. I loved it. I loved being with all the older kids. I loved feeling like I could touch a different world, one that provided so much excitement and possibility. In acting class, I discovered my passion and began to consider the meaning of commitment.

My commitment to not eating animals, however, was faltering. I’d wake up and declare, “I’m a vegetarian today!” but it was sort of hard to keep the resolution. I’d sit with a friend and she’d order a steak and I’d say, “Umm . . . are you going to finish that?” and take a bite. “But I thought you were a vegetarian!” she would remind me, and I’d counter with, “But you can’t eat all that. I don’t want it to go to waste!” I’d use any excuse.

I was 18 when Clueless came out. Going through adolescence is strange enough, but becoming famous at the same time is really weird. It felt good to be recognized as an actor, but after Clueless, it was like I was sucked up into a hurricane. You might assume that fame brings you more friends, but I actually became very isolated. I was no longer simply a girl with the freedom to make mistakes and have fun. There was enormous pressure, which put me in full survival mode. And being in survival mode made it hard to stay in touch with my truth; I just couldn’t
hear it anymore.

Well, almost. One of the really good things about being a public person was that animal rights groups were hearing about my passion for their cause and began soliciting my help. I worked on all sorts of campaigns: antidissection, antifur, spay and neuter, as well as animal rescue. All of that stuff made perfect sense to me; in an otherwise chaotic life, these gestures were simple and straightforward and good. But, at that point, nobody had talked to me seriously about vegetarianism, and I was still doing my little dance back and forth.

After a heart-wrenching day at an animal shelter, from which I took home a grand total of 11 dogs who were scheduled for execution, I found myself thinking, “Now what?” I was doing what I needed to do for my heart, but deep down I realized it wasn’t a practical solution; the next day the shelter would just put down another batch of dogs . . . and then another . . . and then another. I was committing my heart, soul, time, and pocketbook to these poor creatures, and that’s when it hit me: How could I spend so much energy saving one group of animals, then turn around and eat other ones? There was a fundamental hypocrisy in my thinking. Weren’t they all living beings? Why did we buy some of them cute little doggy beds while slaughtering others? I had to ask myself—in all seriousness—why don’t I just eat my dog?

That realization helped me make up my mind once and for all. I realized that, until I stopped using my dollars to purchase meat or other products that are created through violence or cruelty, the suff ering would never end. It wouldn’t stop because I wanted it to. It wouldn’t stop because I wished  it would. If I really wanted to end cruelty to animals, I had to boycott it completely.

When I got home, I declared to my boyfriend (now husband), Christopher, “I’m going vegan. Forever. You don’t have to,” and I blathered on about wanting to save the pigs and the cows, and the logistics of living with the newly vegan me. I was getting all worked up planning everything out, and he looked at me and said in the sweetest way, “Baby, I don’t want to hurt the pigs either!” Which confirms that I am the luckiest girl on Earth, because he was totally on board with me from day one.

That night we grilled the final steak in our freezer and sat down to our last nonvegan supper. It was quite solemn. I remember crossing myself like a Catholic even though I’m Jewish, because this was a total act of faith; I had never tried to cook without meat. I wasn’t sure I would ever eat a yummy meal again.

But after only 2 weeks of being vegan, people were beginning to ask, “What is going on with you? You look amazing!” I was still eating lots of white pasta, french fries, and all sorts of sludgy things (in fact, I still do sometimes). All I’d given up was meat and dairy, and yet I began to look better in just 2 weeks!

Something really wild was happening inside of me, too. I noticed that my whole body felt lighter. I was more vibrant and spunky. I felt like my heart had sort of opened a bit and my shoulders could relax, as if an overall softening had taken place. I no longer carried heavy animal protein in my body, which takes tons of energy to digest. Plus, I didn’t have the heaviness of the suffering in me; frightened animals produce lots of cortisol and adrenaline right before slaughter, and we can become stressed from eating their meat.

Something seemed to be happening on a deeper level as well. The decision to be vegan was one I made purely for me, an expression of my truest self and deepest beliefs. It was the first time I’d stood up and said a definitive “NO!” My real self began to emerge. It was powerful.

One afternoon, a few years later, Christopher came home and announced that he wanted to try a macrobiotic diet. He’d read interviews with people who claimed that this diet made them feel balanced and happy and he was intrigued. I’d heard (incorrectly, as it turns out) that macrobiotics was only for sick people and that fish was a requisite part of the diet. No way was that for me! He looked at me with that sweet face of his and said, “Alright, baby. I’m going to do macrobiotics, but you don’t have to.”

Ironically, I was exploring another diet dimension myself at the time—raw foods. I was eating tons of fruit, nuts, and other cool, uncooked delicacies. Although I felt fine in sunny California, when I went to snowy, cold Manhattan to appear opposite Kathleen Turner and Jason Biggs in The Graduate on Broadway, it was another story. After a few days of work, my body felt cold and my energy was low, but I was determined to stick to my raw regimen. Between rehearsals, I would go out into the winter weather to hunt down wheatgrass juice, pineapples, and mangoes. I found them—it was New York, after all—but I wasn’t feeling all that good. My brain didn’t want to know, but my body was giving me signals that I was out of balance.

At work, I was teased by the other members of the cast for my “extreme” diet. I swear Jason deliberately ordered veal and rabbit just to make me crazy. Whenever I yawned or seemed tired, the director announced, “It’s because you’re not eating any meat!”

It’s funny how the puzzle pieces of your life drop into place; during that same stint in New York, I went to Candle Caf. (one of my favorite restaurants), and I noticed Temple, a waitress who I hadn’t seen in years. She was absolutely on fire. Her hair, her skin, and her body just looked amazing. She told me she’d seen a macrobiotic counselor, and now she was the healthiest she’d ever been in her life. I decided I would give Christopher a consultation with her counselor for his birthday. If she looked so fantastic, there had to be something to this macro business, right?

By the time the appointment rolled around, though, my defenses had reemerged. When we got to the counselor’s office, I sat with my arms crossed, thinking, “This is stupid.” She politely ignored me and worked with Christopher to design a regimen for him. Just as we were getting ready to leave, she turned to me and said, “Maybe you should try this, too. You could have more energy, and I could help you clear up your acne.” Damn. She had noticed. But of course everyone did. Since going off the pill a few years before, my skin had become a nightmare, with really cystic acne. I’d even had to reshoot a scene for a movie because my skin looked so bad.

But she wasn’t done. “Do you know how much energy is consumed to transport some of the food you’re eating?” she asked. “These coconuts and pineapples and mangoes are flown in from all over the world. That’s a huge waste of fuel.” I had never thought about it, but of course she was right.

Sensing that my resistance was faltering, she pressed on. “How can these foods be good for you, in the dead of winter, in New York? If you eat something from another climate, how is your body supposed to cope with it? Your body is here, in cold New York. And the mango is designed to cool people off in tropical climates.” She definitely had my attention now. “You need to eat what’s indigenous to the area to avoid stressing your body.” This made perfect sense to me on a holistic level.

Between the acne and the mangoes and the excessive energy consumption, she had won me over. I decided to give it a try, and within a week of following her recommendations, my acne—which had haunted me for such a long time—had improved significantly. It was like magic.

But that’s the Superhero diet, and I don’t expect anyone to go full Superhero overnight. The simplest elements of the counselor’s recommendations were to add whole grains to my diet at every meal. I also had miso soup almost every day and totally cranked up the vegetables. I made sure that everything I was eating was local and seasonal, choosing apples over pineapples. In terms of letting go, I said good-bye to white sugar, substituting sweeteners like rice syrup and maple syrup. I also gave up white flour and processed foods and, of course, still no meat or dairy.

A few tweaks and everything changed.

Although I felt good as a vegan, I had even more energy when I adopted the macrobiotic suggestions. At the same time, I was very calm and at peace within myself. My mind focused easily and my thinking became really clear. Although I had lost weight by going vegan, the macrobiotic diet helped me shed the few extra pounds I was holding on to and brought me to my perfect body eff ortlessly.

Over time, I became more sensitive. I started to feel things more acutely and sense my intuition. People used to say, “Listen to your body,” and I had no idea what they meant. “What is my body saying? I don’t know . . . it’s
just here !” But soon I really understood; my body was trying to tell me things all the time, and once I stripped away all the layers of crap inside, I could hear it.

As I aligned more with nature and the seasons, I aligned more with myself. Instead of constantly relying on the people around me for direction, I felt I was on my own journey and I was beginning to sense—from inside of me—each next right step.

Which brings me to this book. I’ve known for quite a while that I wanted to help other people become their best selves. And, in fact, for the last few years, I’ve seen how my practice has influenced the people around me. The information I have to share is powerful because the food is powerful. Literally. Your deepest, truest self is released through food.

I encourage you to let this book gently lift your awareness, and you will begin to make the changes that work for you. Th ere are plenty of little choices you can make—choices that will make huge impacts—without getting all uptight and thinking you have to be perfect.

Based on these stages I went through, I have designed three diff erent approaches to the Kind Diet—each one for a different level of readiness—and you can choose according to what feels right to you. The first plan is called Flirting, and it’s simply sticking your toe in the pool of the Kind Diet. The second plan is Vegan; it’s for experienced Flirts and those of you who, after reading this book, want to commit to a plant-based diet. The third plan, Superhero, emphasizes whole grains, organic vegetables, and sea vegetables and will make you levitate. (Well, almost.)

So as you read, keep in mind that these diff erent levels exist; that no matter where you’re coming from, there’s plenty of room for you on this path. Whether it takes you 2 weeks or 10 years  to make my delicious rice crispy treats matters not a jot. It’s your path, based on what you think and feel while reading this book. You will know what’s right for you.

But before you choose your path, let’s dine on some information. It’s only by digesting and absorbing pertinent facts that you can make an informed choice. In the following chapters, we look closely at specific foods and the very real impact they have on our bodies and our world. Bon appétit!

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Michelle L.
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Meh....
Reviewed in the United States on January 28, 2018
Meh... not as many recipes as I expected and the content in the book is very preachy. Example: No, my dog does not need to go vegan thank u very much. I do appreciate the context of being kinder to your body and eating clean wholesome foods. Just don’t expect this to be a... See more
Meh... not as many recipes as I expected and the content in the book is very preachy. Example: No, my dog does not need to go vegan thank u very much. I do appreciate the context of being kinder to your body and eating clean wholesome foods. Just don’t expect this to be a cook book, it’s really an instructional manual on vegan lifestyle.
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Jamie Ehrets
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life changing
Reviewed in the United States on November 11, 2017
I LOVE this book! Alicia Silverstone is so inspiring. I was vegetarian several years ago and just recently felt drawn to eating more of a plant based diet again. Over the last 10 weeks I have transitioned to a vegan diet. First I cut out diet soda, then reduced overall... See more
I LOVE this book! Alicia Silverstone is so inspiring. I was vegetarian several years ago and just recently felt drawn to eating more of a plant based diet again. Over the last 10 weeks I have transitioned to a vegan diet. First I cut out diet soda, then reduced overall sugar intake, then cut out meat, then dairy, then eggs. I really feel amazing. I have lost 11 pounds in these 10 weeks. It has just happened naturally and i am so happy with the food i have been eating. I am truly enjoying eating.
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Candice
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Wasn’t for me
Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2018
I wanted to like this book. I’m giving it three stars because of the easy to understand and well written health information. However, the organization for types of meals you want to cook (e.g., breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks) is awful. If you are a beginner, aren’t yet a... See more
I wanted to like this book. I’m giving it three stars because of the easy to understand and well written health information. However, the organization for types of meals you want to cook (e.g., breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks) is awful. If you are a beginner, aren’t yet a healthnut, and want to try random recipes, this might be good for you. However, I want a cookbook filled with only healthy recipes and there were only a few provided in this cookbook at the very end and they were a little obscure. I couldn’t find numerous ingredients required and some of the items I could find were extremely expensive like ume plums. That’s coming from someone who buys all organic vegan ingredients, makes almost everything from scratch, and is willing to spend extra for healthy organic food. After making a few meals I wasn’t wowed like I was with other vegan cookbooks such as How Not to Die, Oh She Glows, Thig Kitchen, and Plant-Powered Families. Although this cookbook is only $11, I found a copy at my local library and decided to return this cookbook. If I wanted to give it another try I can check it out for free at the library.
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Dee
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I just love how she explains her connection with all animals
Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2017
Her story makes this a 5 star, I just love how she explains her connection with all animals, the planet, and caring about humans in the most compassionate non-judgemental way. Her recipes are not for beginners necessarily but over time you get it and aim for less processed... See more
Her story makes this a 5 star, I just love how she explains her connection with all animals, the planet, and caring about humans in the most compassionate non-judgemental way. Her recipes are not for beginners necessarily but over time you get it and aim for less processed more locally grown organic. I would hope most intelligent people out there would not beat themselves up for eating some processed food to get over the transition to plant-based food. Animals don''t care what you eat as long as you don''t eat them and avoid most products that harm animals like palm oil. I honestly can''t say enough good about this book and Alicia. Her approach with compassion to people and animals is so positive. I can only hope to be half as kind when I try to help people I meet become Vegan. I always recommend this book first. If someone continues to ask me I try to emulate her. This is the kindest way to live and you will only regret not doing it sooner.
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Simple guidelines on living a Kind, vegan lifestyle
Reviewed in the United States on January 23, 2018
This is a helpful book that addresses the Why and How of leading a vegan lifestyle, which the author terms, the Kind Diet, which is very apt. The reasons given are for animal rights, health benefits, and for the environment. The author has a kind and enthusiastic voice,... See more
This is a helpful book that addresses the Why and How of leading a vegan lifestyle, which the author terms, the Kind Diet, which is very apt. The reasons given are for animal rights, health benefits, and for the environment. The author has a kind and enthusiastic voice, which I find endearing and uplifting.

The How section is written in 3 parts, you can Flirt by adding more plant-based foods in your diet and start eliminating some animal products, or go Vegan, or go Superhero, which is a vegan diet that emphasizes certain foods more, and refrain from a few that the author lists. Most of her recommendations are grounded in scientific studies that she cites, or from her personal experience. She also includes many recipes to try out.

Easy to read, with plenty of interesting recipes to try out, and lots of reference lists to other researches or experts'' books for further reading, this is a great read to start a kind, vegan lifestyle.
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Ashleigh Stephens
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Wonderful Read
Reviewed in the United States on January 30, 2019
I love the way that Alicia informs people of how the meat and dairy industry are and the effects of eating these foods without shoving the vegan way of life into your face. She makes sure to let you know it’s ok to slip up, it happens, we’re only human and there’s nothing... See more
I love the way that Alicia informs people of how the meat and dairy industry are and the effects of eating these foods without shoving the vegan way of life into your face. She makes sure to let you know it’s ok to slip up, it happens, we’re only human and there’s nothing wrong with just easing into things. A few of the ingredients she frequently uses I’ve never heard of and had to look up and some may be hard to find depending on where you live or a bit pricey but most of those items can easily be substituted by something else to get a similar result. I know I will be frequently opening back up this book for some of the delish looking recipes for me and my family
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Susan Weisheit
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My favorite Vegan cookbook so far
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2016
My favorite Vegan cookbook so far. I love all the info in the first few chapters great for someone just considering going vegan. Some simple recipes and some really unique and complex. I have tried many new food items due to this book.
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Roady Jane
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Inspiring and well-written
Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2013
I''ve been interested in more vegan/vegetarian options and that''s why I picked up this book. At first I didn''t want to because it is by Alicia Silverstone. I guess I didn''t give her any credit. I figured she''s a ditzy has-been with a freaky "star" dietary plan. Not very nice... See more
I''ve been interested in more vegan/vegetarian options and that''s why I picked up this book. At first I didn''t want to because it is by Alicia Silverstone. I guess I didn''t give her any credit. I figured she''s a ditzy has-been with a freaky "star" dietary plan. Not very nice at all. She''s not any of those things and I''m sorry I thought that!
This book is really good from beginning to end. It''s thick (with the second half or so being recipes), but I read it really fast. Alicia Silverstone is really likeable. This is well-written and it''s really informative.
She discusses how animal protein foods clog up your body, how different she felt after giving it up, ethical reason to give it up, physical reasons to give it up, methods of giving it up, etc. Then she offers up a lot of recipes.
She provides three levels of approaching a vegan lifestyle: Flirting, Vegan and Superhero, which has a macrobiotic bent.
Downsides: Most of the recipes are Asian-inspired, which is fine except that there are a lot of unrecognizable ingredients, some of which I suspect might be hard to find unless I drive 45 minutes each way to the Asian market.
Also, she promotes heavily processed items like fake butter and mayonnaise, even (although she doesn''t overly encourage it) phony hot dogs. She never mentions coconut oil, which surprises me because it''s so hyped as a health food, as necessary fats and good for you. It can be used in place of butter or oils (she promotes saffron oil a lot, which I don''t know much about).
Overall, I liked the book a lot. It inspired me to move toward a lifestyle with much less animal protein.
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A winner!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 8, 2017
I love this book! All of it - the well written information and the beautiful recipes. Alicia feels like a kindred spirit - even though I don''t know her and this is all completely new to me. The book seemed to read itself - it is very engaging, full of warmth and an easy...See more
I love this book! All of it - the well written information and the beautiful recipes. Alicia feels like a kindred spirit - even though I don''t know her and this is all completely new to me. The book seemed to read itself - it is very engaging, full of warmth and an easy style that is very appealing to anyone who just wants a break from being told what to do and instead to be encouraged to make healthy good choices. Did I already say I love it? I''ve read quite a few other ''diet'' books that I really struggled through - but with this I felt positive and happy - even though there were moments when I would just think: really? Can I do this? But there''s not that much to ''do'' - other than be willing to let go of food that harms humans, animals and the planet and replace them with ''kind'' foods that heal and nourish and protect our world. Whenever I have doubts, I just come back to the book and feel encouraged again. A winner for me - one of the best choices I''ve ever made was to buy this book! Thank you Alicia!
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A book to return to again and again - I have two copies!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 1, 2014
I just love this book. I own both the paperback, and the Kindle version as it''s great to be able to refer to it when I''m out and about, and to be able to lend the paperback to friends and still have a copy I can use! The information is well-researched (yes, I''m one of those...See more
I just love this book. I own both the paperback, and the Kindle version as it''s great to be able to refer to it when I''m out and about, and to be able to lend the paperback to friends and still have a copy I can use! The information is well-researched (yes, I''m one of those sad people who actually checks the appendix and cross references the facts with the sources!) and I have gone on to read several of the research sources quoted. This way of eating can seem, at first glance, to be restricted and challenging but in fact, one of the things I love most is that there are so many recommendations for how to make it work for you. Tips on eating out, what to choose in the local convenience store/service station at 11pm when you just need a quick fix, and what to do when those cravings hit.My husband was sceptical when I said I was going to try it and (with no nagging from me, just from him watching how I was changing) he is now eating this way too! I can honestly say that this is the very best choice for your health and your conscience. I am a dancer and dance teacher so I need plenty of energy, and I also have a toddler at home so I''m pretty busy. I''m just a pretty average working mum really, so believe that this way of eating really is easy for anyone to do. You don''t have to be a foodie, hippy or any other ''type'' for this to be the way for you. Try the ''flirt'' plan and see how you feel. You won''t want to go back. A final word on the recipes. At first glance I didn''t really think this part of the book was for me. Some of the recipes called for ingredients that I have never heard of, didn''t know where to find, and seemed frankly a little over the top! And other recipes just seemed a but obvious! (How to make smoothies, salads or miso soup? Really?!) But actually, after a few months of doing my own thing, I tried one or two and they were great! The sicilian collard greens are awesome. The peanut butter cups were an amazing addition to a recent baby shower. And lots of the ingredients that seemed overly exotic have now become a staple in my house (gamashio is delicious!) I urge you to give this a read.
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I kinda loved it!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 31, 2015
I really enjoyed the real down to earth introduction in the first part of this book. It''s not easy to change ones diet but the realistic approach of step by step flirting, trying to keep to the vegan plan and then encouraging more superhero meals was great. Good recipes, if...See more
I really enjoyed the real down to earth introduction in the first part of this book. It''s not easy to change ones diet but the realistic approach of step by step flirting, trying to keep to the vegan plan and then encouraging more superhero meals was great. Good recipes, if I was to be hypercritical I would say that I had to look up what a few of the Japanese ingredients were and I''m not sure I''ll find them in the supermarkets but I have already sourced most on Amazon so for anyone worried about this, just get from trusty Amazon. All in all a great book and as a vegetarian trying to be mostly and then graduate to total vegan superhero it will be both inspiring and useful to me and anyone else looking to be kinder and significantly improve their health..
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Fabulous book for anyone
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 21, 2014
This book is immensely readable as well as being good to dip in and out of. Beautifully set out, well illustrated. It really is "kind" in every way. I didn''t buy it to lose weight, but I think it''s fantastic for anyone who would like to, because the emphasis is on...See more
This book is immensely readable as well as being good to dip in and out of. Beautifully set out, well illustrated. It really is "kind" in every way. I didn''t buy it to lose weight, but I think it''s fantastic for anyone who would like to, because the emphasis is on being kind to yourself (as well as the planet). No need to forego pleasures or go hungry. Alicia is a brilliant advert for her way of life. I have recommended this book to friends, and all of them love it. I would recommend this book to anyone - you will feel better in every way!
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a must have for any kitchen
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 24, 2017
Excellent this book helped to inform and wider audience world wide what a vegan diet can be like it caught the attention of many even Oprah great recipes healthy eating and health advice .
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