I’ve always been interested in becoming a vegetarian. Due to my lactose intolerance (Dairy makes me quite an unhappy camper), love of animals, and general revulsion to the unnaturalness of processed food this seemed a plausible route for me. Yet, my dilemma was that I never knew how to go about it in a proper and healthy manner (always wound up getting hungry and starting up a chicken binge). Granted, I cut out all: red meat, pork, and fried chicken ages ago; however, thanks to “The Kind Diet” I’ve been flirting with the idea of entirely plant-based diet (and doing so correctly and gradually) and craving “nasty foods” less and less.
Alicia Silverstone (star of the 90′s classic Clueless) is wonderfully candid and conversational as she educates the reader about the world of: plant-based foods, proper nutrition, and the dangers imposed upon animals (and subsequently the environment) due to unnatural practices in the farming industry (a lot of things we take for granted, in terms of food processing, will literally turn your stomach).
What impressed me most about the book was that it didn’t come off as preachy (i.e. ‘Don’t eat meat! If you do you are gross and evil!’). I know that Alicia is a PETA member but her tone is neither judgemental nor self aggrandized. Like a loving mother Alicia gently guides the novice vegetarian through all of his or her options. If you merely want to ‘flirt’ with the idea then go right ahead. If you want to become a full on Vegan then there is a chapter for you too. And if your goal is to be a ‘Superhero’ (refusing all animal products and processed foods) then have at it.
I’ve just begun to flirt myself and I’m pleasantly surprised by the results. Granted, this isn’t a huge paradigm shift for me (as I was never largely carnivorous anyway) but I notice the positive changes in myself. What I love most about a plant-based diet is that it brings about an awareness of what you are putting into your body. It is really easy to just stop at a McDonald’s and scarf it down. It is another entirely when you are shopping for your food and then preparing it, for yourself, in a way that will be good to your body. It truly brings to light the idea that your body is in fact a temple.
If you’re interested in this type of lifestyle then read ‘The Kind Diet.’ I highly recommend!