Kathy Freston wasn't born a vegan. The best-selling author and renowned wellness expert actually grew up on chicken-fried steak and cheesy grits and loved nothing more than BBQ ribs and vanilla milkshakes. Not until her 30s did she embrace the lifestyle of a veganist - someone who eats a plant-based diet not just for their own personal well-being but for the whole web of benefits it brings to our ecosystem and beyond. Kathy's shift toward this new life was gradual - she leaned into it - but the impact was profound.
Now Kathy shows us how to lean into the veganist life. Effortless weight loss, reversal of disease, environmental responsibility, spiritual awakening - these are just a few of the 10 profound changes that can be achieved through a gentle switch in food choices. Filled with compelling facts, stories of people who have improved their weight and health conditions as a result of making the switch, and Q&As with the leading medical researchers, Veganist concludes with a step-by-step practical guide to becoming a veganist, easily and gradually. It is an accessible, optimistic, and illuminating book that will change the way you eat forever. No less delicious, still hearty and satisfying - just better for you and for all.
©2011 Kathy Freston (P)2011 Tantor
I was intrigued by a CNN story by Dr. Sanjay Gupta called ???The Last Heart Attack.??? As I am a 58 year old male, this story peaked my interest and I began researching the various diets and their health benefits. Fortunately, I found this audio book right off the bat. I am now listening to the book for the 2nd time, since it is all new to me it takes a while for the information to settle in. So, my review is not intended to compare one resource to another, but I want to say that the book was exactly what I am looking for.
Kathy Freston makes the information personal and interesting and the book narrator is expressive without going overboard. It is obvious that Kathy Freston is passionate about the subject, but does not hit you over the head with a harsh, negative position. Instead, she provides a very rounded perspective of the vegan lifestyle and how they (we) fit into the mainstream, as well as interviews with leading experts on the subject. She also answers some of my questions. How do I relate to people now that I do not eat meat? Will I be considered odd? How do I handle invitations to someone's house for dinner or a cookout? Kathy has made me want to continue the vegan journey. I recommend this book.
This is one of those audio books that I go back to all the time....it really was well put together, well researched and certainly gives a good nudging as a friend would do to possibly give a healthier way of living a try. I am going the route of the Vegan or Veganist now....too many facts point to the great benefits of this way of eating. Anyway kudos Kathy Freston!
I really enjoyed Kathy's explanations and details about choices for becoming vegan.It did get a bit gory in parts where she went into the industry, but the health information is really great. And it IS easy to start adding in a few vegan meals during the week. I'm excited and feel confident about trying it out.
No. The print version has tables, graphs, footnotes, etc.
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I really enjoyed this book.
I expect the author to defend her position, but she offers little margin for other points of view. It's not quite as solid science as she portrays it to be. Still, the book challenged me and opened my mind to some great vegan ideas. The animal treatment part is true (I've worked poultry and cattle), though her handling of the pig story was way too touchy feely, and detracts from her argument. Her biblical angle is solid, and I'd never considered how Genesis starts out as a vegan world. A good read. The narrator was slow and hard to listen to. I felt like someone was trying to hypnotize me. But I do recommend the book.
I am listening to the book now and I enjoy the content. The narrator reads terribly slow. I actually thought something was wrong with my audible app on my phone, but it was fine. The book is written for new vegans, or those considering veganism. She writes on how to ease into it. If you are already vegan, don't buy it, you'll be bored. I would rather read the book than listen to it, that's how bad the narrator is, and I listen to A LOT of books.
I only got half way into the first chapter after the introduction— and I have to stop. The author is quoting dubious science I know to be false, such as “meat rots in the intestines” so now I can’t trust any of her other claims. She says we weren't “meant” to eat meat; look at our teeth; look at our intestines—taking on the whole Paleo clan in one statement? What does “meant” mean anyway? She didn't use the word “evolved” once in her argument which is what the word “meant” would imply….(unless she’s an evolution denier, never thought of that….)
She trashed the Atkins diet saying that its preliminary success is only due to water loss and an overall calorie reduction (what??) when you cut carbs out of your diet and eat only protein and fat. Then, in the same breath, she makes the same claim for a vegan diet – that overall calories are reduced so you'll lose weight without even trying.
Also, the tone is far more preachy than I can tolerate; I’m here to learn, not join a cult.
I eat a mostly plant-based diet and I appreciate (what I’m learning) are its benefits. But I don’t feel that the benefits Freston is touting are actually inherent in the diet. For example, she says that “all your cravings will go away” and that you’ll just never crave another doughnut. Some of us know it’s not quite that cut-and-dry. My cravings are reduced, for sure, but I’m not cured of my tendency to overeat – my cravings are a dopamine/acetylcholine brain imbalance (i.e. addiction) AS WELL AS nutritional deficiency.
I just finished listening to Fat Chance, by Robert H. Lusting, and it was chalk-full of nutritional facts I could trust – I could trust them because I’ve read probably hundreds of books on nutrition and I’m starting to be able to tell the facts from the myths. And his book even cleared up some issues I’ve been confused about: Like why are Gary Taubes and Dean Ornish are on such opposite ends of the spectrum, yet both right?? So this book was really good; and going from that to this one from Kathy Freston was a big step backwards.
And also the narration was annoying. I’m quite picky about narration so I wouldn't have mentioned it; it’s probably fine for most people. But since I’m unhappy with the book I’ll include this pet peeve: Why do narrators read non-fiction like they’re selling an insurance package? The pauses, the subtle sarcasm, the subtle patronizing tones – it’s trying to sell me something! But I don’t need to be “sold”; I already bought the book! I just want to learn some stuff. I call it the “sensational” voice; I’m so tired of it.
I can't recommend this book, even to the novice-nutritionist, because the claims are at least partly false (didn't listen to the whole book) and you don't want that as a foundation to your nutritional knowledge base. There are tons of great reasons to go vegan, vegetarian, raw-vegan -- but Freston isn't giving them to you straight up.
First of all, the lady reading this book really detracts you from the content. Her reading was so slow, even pausing in the middle of sentences at times. The intonations in her voice were very distracting, as well, sounding constipated and whiny through most of the program. On another note, I was unable to get through the chapter about animal abuse on the farms. I’ve read a lot of books on this subject and the scenarios in this book were really too graphic for my taste. However, this really is not a criticism, just an observation.
On the positive side, the personal accounts in the book were fun to hear about. I think the work that Kathy Preston is doing is really amazing. I’ve seen her in interviews. She is gorgeous, well-spoken and truly a great role model for a veganist. She does a nice job getting the word out about people making dietary changes for their personal health, the welfare of factory farm animals, and the health of the planet. This book has some great information in it.
My main criticism comes from Kathy’s dietary advice, though. If you plan on making dietary changes for ethical reasons, this could be the book for you. If you want to make dietary changes for health reasons, I think this could steer you in the wrong direction. Sure, some of the foods Kathy talks about are extremely healthy but there is an emphasis on junk, like faux meats, cheeses and dairy. One example is Daiya faux cheese whose ingredient list contains Titanium Dioxide. Look it up folks. On a personal note, the ethical part of me, is a bit repulsed by meat and I don’t want to substitute frankenfood that “tastes” like meat. Also, she speaks highly of processed garbage foods like Amy’s, Gardein’s, Tofurky and Morningstar. I doubt she eats this stuff herself.
Perhaps this is an improvement over the average American diet, I’m not sure. Maybe Kathy wants to appeal to the masses, knowing that it is going to be hard for people to change the way they eat, leaving behind foods they are familiar with and perhaps this could be a “bridge” to a healthier diet.
I’ve got two words for you. Whole Foods, Plant-Based. This includes Fruits, Vegetables, Beans, Legumes, Nuts and Seeds. Don’t substitute an unhealthy diet for another unhealthy diet. Go all the way. Do it right.
Hosted an international event and was responsible for feeding 65 vegetarians and/or vegans. Book made lots of sense, May not change now but there will be more vegan meals on our table, Thanks
Very good information included here and added to my motivation to eat in a healthy manner.
I've read other books such as The China Study and Eat To Live and this was a good way for some of those concepts to be emphasized in my brain. I like that she gives many options for LEANING toward a plant based diet for those who are not yet ready to go "whole bean".
Read it in one day.
Enjoyed the book. I will probably listen to it again as it is very motivating.
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