The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet
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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.
Yes, you’ll have made big strides, but the real freedom, the deep transformation and healing occur when you smoke no cigarettes … that’s when your body switches gears. It’s the same with meat, dairy, and even sugar. So choose a plan, and do your best. And remember, it’s only for 4 weeks. That’s one menstrual cycle! That’s two paychecks! That’s four episodes of The Bachelor! That’s it. No stress. See how you feel a month from now, and figure out your next move from there. I have included some
smoothies, cinnamon-raisin mochi, toasted whole wheat tortillas, ramen soups, and anything else that tickles your fancy. One of my favorites is popcorn with melted Earth Balance Buttery Spread. (See the Snacks section of the recipes, pages 179–195.) BUILDING A MEAL Every healthy lunch or dinner is built around the same three elements: grains, beans, and vegetables. Without being super rigid about it, you should think of your meal as one-quarter grain, one-quarter protein, and one-half
219.) Soups are great for quick meals because you can empty the fridge into a leftover soup! Start with water or a good vegetable stock, then add grain or sweet potatoes or beans and any vegetables you haven’t gotten around to using. Eat with a slice of toast. Quick, yummy, and satisfying! Think of baked sweet potatoes as a foolproof convenience food. Bake your sweet potato while you do a million other things, then add Earth Balance spread and salt and pepper or whatever tickles your fancy. Serve
instead. SERVES 6 to 8 2 cups hulled barley 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, sliced 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 carrots, grated 2 celery stalks, diced 5 tablespoons shoyu � teaspoon fine sea salt � teaspoon dried basil � teaspoon dried oregano � teaspoon garlic powder � cup Tahini Dressing (recipe follows) Tahini Dressing � small onion, diced � cup tahini 1 tablespoon shoyu Pinch of garlic powder Pinch of paprika ⅛ teaspoon crumbled dried basil or � teaspoon chopped fresh basil
eating has eaten; livestock feed is routinely beefed up with slaughterhouse wastes like blood, bone, and viscera as well as the remains of euthanized cats and dogs.15 The drug used to kill these pets, sodium pentobarbital, survives the rendering process, so it gets passed into the feed as well. Ugh.16 Meat is full of hormones: Cattle, pigs, and chickens are routinely pumped full of hormones to promote muscle mass, and these hormones are passed directly on to you. Eggs are chockfull of hormonal