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Alicia Silverstone Talks the Kind Diet

It's no secret that Alicia Silverstone is an animal lover. Remember how she starred in that sexy commercial for PETA to tell the world she's a vegetarian? Well now she's taking her passionate views a step further with her new book about going vegan, titled The Kind Diet, that's set to hit stores in the Fall of 2009. In case you're not familiar with a vegan diet, it involves not eating any animal products including meat, milk, or honey. Alicia enthusiastically illustrates how choosing a plant-based diet can benefit your body and how you feel about your body. Although Alicia is vegan mostly for humane reasons, the Kind Diet is also healthy since it's high in protein and fiber and low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Even though the foods are plant-based, she makes them sound delicious and indulgent.

A vegan diet doesn't just benefit the people following it. It also obviously saves the lives of many animals, and in her book Alicia explains how choosing a vegan diet can benefit our world as well. Talk about a win-win-win.

I'm curious, will any of you buy this book and try a vegan diet?

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stefpinto1 stefpinto1 6 years
I have skimmed through Alicia Silverstones book and I love it. Only thing that is difficult for me is I work full time and do school full time. Seems like it takes a lot of planning out and would be difficult to transport food.
stefpinto1 stefpinto1 6 years
I am not a vegetarian nor am I vegan. I am definetely interested in being vegan...do you guys recommend I be vegetarian first and see how that goes? Is there a book or website you recommend that I read to get started?
Khara77 Khara77 6 years
I just picked this book up last week.....I am fascinated by it. Wonderfully written. I don't feel as if I am being preached to, simply educated and enlightened.
Carrieberryca Carrieberryca 6 years
Recent research has actually found that bees have been hurt these past years in order to produce more honey to fill our supermarket shelves. They are fed high fructose corn syrup rather than being allowed to scavenge for pollen because it is considered more "effective." Now that our bees are dying (we lost 1/3 of our bee population last winter alone), people are beginning to take a serious look in to what is happening to our pollinators of the world. There are bee farms that produce 2/3 of the annual honey production in North America by force feeding bees high fructose corn syrup or other sugars, and keeping them under 24-hour hive lighting so that they will produce honey year round. This is a terrible way to treat our pollinators. We'll see how quickly things change for us when there are no bees left. The produce section in our supermarkets will be virtually empty, and anything that does sit there for purchase will be extremely expensive.
insuchaworld insuchaworld 7 years
I am already vegan, and I love it! :) I went vegan about two years ago after listening to a podcast called "Vegetarian Food for Thought" by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau (you can find it on iTunes) - I highly recommend it to anyone curious about veganism or vegetarianism before the book comes out. It is not overbearing and gives you lots of great information. When I went vegan I did it primarily for health reasons - but soon my understanding of what I was doing expanded as I realized the issues affecting animals, the environment and the future in general. Plus, the food is fantastic! Seriously, I never feel deprived and I eat much more variety than I ever did on a meat-eating diet. I don't find it hard AT ALL. If you eat a healthy, whole foods vegan diet (with some yummy desserts thrown in here and there), you quickly get used to knowing how to eat healthy. You can eat unhealthy on any diet by the way! But it is much easier to eat healthy when you have cut out all cholesterol and most saturated fat on a plant-based diet. The latest stats I read said that vegans have a 50% less chance of getting heart disease and a 40% less chance of getting cancer. Can't beat that!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
Thanks so much Advah. I just see all these celebs who profess to be vegans carrying the very posh leather handbags and it drives me batty.
krae85 krae85 7 years
I don't eat any pasta because a lot of times it has whey (milk) or eggs in the ingredients. I eat rice instead.
mem952 mem952 7 years
I have many friends who are vegan. It is a hard work diet and requires you to pay a lot of attention to what you eat so that you a) avoid animal products and b) get all the nutrients you need. Vitamin B-12 is particularly hard to get from natural sources and vegans mostly have to eat fortified food or take B-12 as a tablet. Also, to get enough protein you have to eat a lot of beans and tofu! Also - it is totally possible to be vegan and overweight! Vegans end up eating a lot of pasta because it is filling and easy. Lots of pasta = lots of carbs! I had a super fit vegan friend (cyclist, runner, swimmer, generally healthy eater) who was only able to get down to healthy weight when he became vegetarian and started eating those healthy dairy products.
Advah Advah 7 years
AmberHoney - I guess it depends on what people's motivations for becoming a vegan/vegetarians are. I just know that my sister-in-law, who's always been a vegetarian, tries and pays attention to what she wears too. She never wears leather clothes, and avoids leather shoes as much as possible.
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 7 years
I'd have a hard time going vegan or even vegetarian...I'm allergic to soy. It's hard to understand, really, because I can tolerate PROCESSED soy, but the raw or more natural sort makes me quite ill. I'm also allergic to all tree nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, etc), so that cuts off another major source of protein for me. I do my bit by buying local meat, eggs, and dairy, from cage-free, free range, organic sources. I know however that this is possible because I live in the midwest, and if I lived pretty much anywhere else, it'd be extremely tough to keep up.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
I'm not a vegan and never will be, but I'd like to know - do vegans sit on leather couches, carry leather handbags, wear leather belts, etc. cause I'm pretty sure it's very polluting to our air to make vinyl shoes and the like. I'm all in favor of doing all things civilly (if that's a word). Honey issue is a little extreme since honey is a byproduct of bees (bee poop sorta) and CCD is due to our polluted environment not the harvesting of honey. Royal jelly is a fabulous product used for anti-aging for centuries. And no I won't be buying the book.
oliviaMay oliviaMay 7 years
I'm a vegetarian and have been for a year now, and I couldn't go vegan if I tried, it's not really the way we evolved. I think though, that humans aren't really designed to eat meat -- our short intestine doesn't digest it well and although we have canines which some people might say are for ripping meat or whatever, take a look at the canines on gorillas -- way bigger than ours, and they are herbivores. But really, it just comes down to personal preference, dairy is good for you but if you feel healthier without it, then go for it! And you can be humane and not vegetarian or vegan, just buy free-range organic animal products and use a bit less, I would encourage people to do that before going vegan/vegetarian personally.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i've been thinking about becoming a vegan for AGES now. i've been a vegetarian for more than 15 years - and i think that it's about time for me to give up the cheese and eggs etc. the challenge though is that i LOVE cheese and i find that i get most of my nutrients from eggs/cheese - so i'll really have to be creative to find alternatives.
ashopaholic ashopaholic 7 years
I can't wait to by this book, seems interesting!
krae85 krae85 7 years
and my choice has zero to do with the media.
krae85 krae85 7 years
sorry, vic. I just don't buy it. the great difference between people and monkeys is that we can acknowledge cruelty to lesser creatures and take a stand against it.
VicVicVictooriaa VicVicVictooriaa 7 years
krae..maybe keep reading and realize that we are 98% or more related to chimpanzees...we can learn a lot from our animal counterparts who are not influenced by the media.
bonniebonnie bonniebonnie 7 years
My roommate is a vegan and I think there are many benefits to that diet. However, I love eating meat. I just do. I try to eat less meat and less dairy because it is not necessary for the body to eat that much of those items, but I won't ever cut animal foods from my diet.
princessgouveia princessgouveia 7 years
I was vegetarian for years before my Dr told me I had to eat some meat. now I eat it but never more then a couple oz every few days. I couldn't do vegan. Even though I'm lactose intolerant cheese is worth it! Rice and soy cheese just aren't the same and don't taste or melt right.
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