Vegan for Life

Vegan for Life

Everything You Need to Know to Be Healthy and Fit on A Plant-based Diet

Book - 2011
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"Are you considering going vegan, but you're not sure how to start? Are you already committed to an animal-free diet, but are unclear about how to get proper nutrients? Vegan for Life is your comprehensive, go-to guide for optimal plant-based nutrition. Registered dietitians and long-time vegans Jack Norris and Virginia Messina debunk some of the most persistent myths about vegan nutrition and provide essential information about getting enough calcium and protein, finding the best supplements, and understanding the "real deal" about soy. 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"-- ?c Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA :, Da Capo Lifelong Books,, [2011]
Edition: First Da Capo Press edition.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780738214931
Branch Call Number: 613.262 NO
Characteristics: xix, 283 pages ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Messina, Virginia


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May 03, 2014

I bought this book as it is a good reference. Helpful in many ways but chapter 7, the Vegan Food Guide, provides a food pattern which I am working to incorporate into my life. BTW, going vegan was easier than I would have imagined and gets easier all the time.

abbey_number1 Sep 12, 2013

checked out summer 2013
did not read, but looked like very good info, easy to understand

This book is always available in the PlaneTree Health Information Center @ Cupertino Library. BB 280 N 2011

Sep 05, 2012

Finally, a book that recognizes not all vegans are created equal! Excellent resource.

Tulips13 Aug 11, 2012

It is a great book if you want to learn about staying healthy as a vegan. It s very straight forward and much easier to understand then some other books (including The Starch Solution). As HereHere said, it is not a cookbook, but it does provide information about health for different stages of life (ex. Pregnancy/breast-feeding, baby, child/tween, teen, and seniors). The book also has one chapter about the mistreatment of animals, but it is not a book to read if you want to learn about animal rights. Mostly, the book discusses health and diet as a vegan.

Apr 08, 2012

This is not a cookbook. This book addresses the complexities and assumptions people make about vegan diets. It is very informative, even for those who have some training in nutrition, this gets into some nitty gritty details and is based on the broader evidence - without cherrypicking studies to support a particular position. Discusses the role of B12 analogues, sources of vitamin D2 and D3, bioavailability of certain nutrients, as well as changes throughout life, from pre-birth/pregnancy, to infancy/childhood to senior years. There are some benefits to being vegan too, especially as one ages and the acidity in the stomach drops. Also, discusses whether vegans can consume less calcium because animal protein causes bones to release calcium (the short answer is no, but read the book to find out why). Written by 2 Registered Dieticians who know their stuff. If you are thinking of going vegan or vegetarian, or are already but want to find out what the evidence really says about nutrition, this is a must-read, even if you just read sections that are of interest to you. They also make the argument for why raw, fruitarian and gluten free diets are not advisable (the latter, unless you have celiac disease or a real gluten allergy). [Cat lovers will enjoy the acknowledgements where we learn about one of the author's involvement in cat rescue].


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