Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Happy Herbivore Guide to Plant-Based Living, by Lindsay Nixon

The only bad news about this wonderful little book is that it is available only as a Kindle edition.  Still, since one can read it with a free Kindle reader on almost any platform, that isn't an insurmountable problem.

The first part of the book provides an overview of the science-based health reasons for one to eat a whole food, plant based diet.  This is similar in content to Rip Esselstyn's My Beef With Meat, is slightly more of an overview than deep dive when compared to Dr. John McDougall's Starch Solution, and is far easier a read than T. Colin Campbell's Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition.  (I highly recommend all of these books.)

The next section goes through what to expect if you switch from the Standard American Diet to a whole food, plant based diet.  Then, a great section of helpful tips for making this transition.  There's a section on travel and eating out, one on how to address challenges you might encounter, and how to deal with family and friends.

Then a section on cooking, including replacements for traditional ingredients.  This is followed by a troubleshooting section, and finally, a good appendix of additional resources.

If you're thinking about making the change, this is a great reference -- it has everything from your initial grocery list to the answers to questions that will come up in the first few days and weeks.

The Happy Herbivore Guide to Plant-Based Living

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