30 Day Vegan Challenge
By: Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
I just want to first make it known that I am a huuuuuge lover of Colleen’s work. She has an amazing podcast, which is where I first heard about her and also, how I got hooked (also check out her website: Compassionate Cooks). She makes being vegan feel so right and provides you with all the information you would possibly need to feel confident in your decision to go vegan or even to just stand behind what you believe in.
Although, I’m only partially through this book, I wanted to include it because I know I will love it. It’s an amazing intro-vegan book, especially for those completely new to this lifestyle, and provides a no excuse! plan for becoming vegan (plus, tackles every possible excuse or setback one might think of).
I decided to get this book, not only for my love of Colleen, and although I technically know what I should be doing to maintain a healthy vegan diet, I got it because, like I said above, it tackles an obstacle that may come up – this is where I need my wealth of knowledge for. Also, in one of her podcast, she mentioned that all the recipes in the book are not new because she wanted to include the tried and tested recipes that make you wonder how on earth can that be vegan – that’s worth getting the book, in itself!
I can’t wait to finish this book and definitely recommend it for anyone considering giving up eating animals, or beginner vegans.
My Rating (so far): ****/5
Forks Over Knives
This documentary (more information found here) was shot this year (2011) and is based on research for eating a plant-based diet.
It’s based around two researchers, Dr. Campbell and Dr. Esselstyn, who are unaware of each other, yet set out to conduct studies that prove to be very similar to one another. It is all based around, like I said, the benefits of eating a plant-based diet; their research found the link between eating foods that did not revolved around plants to be linked to diseases, such as cancers and hypertension.
Whereas, when studies were conducted using plant-based research, it showed quite the opposite, and in some cases making the switch reduced these diseases on their own!
Whether you eat meat or not, I think this is an important documentary to watch, since it provides you with information that you should know!
My Rating: ****/5
By: Jonathan Safran Foer
If you want to be forever changed, then read this book. If you want to read something so moving that it might bring you to tears, then read this book (note: unless you’re at work, then don’t bring it there. You might actually cry in front of people…just hope it’s not your boss!). If you care for animals, then read this book. But honestly, if you have a heart for living creatures, then read this book!
Before reading this, I had cut out meats (but not seafood) for personal reasons – chicken didn’t appeal to me anymore, and I rarely ate other meats anyways, so I gave them up. I stuck to seafood because as far as I knew at the time, it was still good for me. After reading this book, was I ever wrong. All animals suffer and maybe I was just ignorant before or maybe I just have a deeper compassion for all living things now – whatever it was, it made me want to give up all meats from that day forward.
This book does not sugarcoat anything about the meat industry, so if you’re looking for something that hides the truth, then don’t read this. If you honestly want to know about what is happening to your food while it’s still living and how it’s processed (which is not pretty), then read this book. And, read it quick. The more you know, the better decisions you will make – I truly believe this. And then as soon as you’re finished, spread the word on how great this book is. The animals will thank you, the environment will thank you, the original farmers will thank you and I will thank you…thank you. 🙂
My Rating: ****.5/5