The Kind Diet: a Simple guide to feeling great, losing weight and saving the planet is Alicia Silverstone’s contribution to the world. Why is this diet called ‘Kind’? Alicia is an animal lover and therefore a passionate vegan. According to her, a diet filled with green veggies requires fewer resources and is by far the greenest thing you can do.
That way, you’re helping the world and losing weight in a healthy way as well. This is somewhat similar to the concept of raw food diets such as Eating For Energy, for instance.
The Kind Diet: An Overview
Silverstone starts off by attributing her figure to The Kind Diet, a plant based diet that is completely organic and vegan, and therefore free of ‘nasty’ processed foods, sugar, dairy and meat. A plant based diet not only helps followers lose weight and improve their health, it also helps us save the entire planet.
Silverstone makes it a point to enumerate several advantages of switching over to a vegan diet. Better digestion, clear skin, weight loss and elevated energy levels are just some of the benefits. The author has also threaded her own life story into the book and explained her reasons for following a vegan diet. This makes an interesting read.
It’s a common misconception to believe that a vegan diet must concentrate solely on grass and herbs. But, in The Kind Diet, the author has given readers almost 100 wonderfully satisfying recipes. There are recipes for dessert too, so you can indulge your cravings for something sweet.
To make it easy for dieters to follow the kind diet, the book is broken into three levels:
The names are pretty self-explanatory. In the first level, readers are encouraged to flirt with vegan foods, replacing meats with plants-based foods occasionally.
At the second level, users would have got over their cravings for meat. They will be off meat but might use meat substitutes.
The superhero stage is when dieters are finally off the need to eat meat or use meat substitutes.
Recommended foods include whole grains, vegetables, sea veggies and some foods that are not commonly found like lotus root and shoyu. Certain foods are off-limits including alcohol, coffee, animal products, sweeteners and white sugar.
Dieters are encouraged to take three main meals with a snack in between.
A Kind Diet: A Review
The Kind Diet may look like an extreme step to lovers of non-vegetarian foods. But, as the author argues, plant based food really is healthy and there are several advantages that may be gained by switching over, the least of which is weight loss. Fortunately, the author understands that the transition is not easy for a nation that loves its meat. So, she has provided three easy steps to veganism.
- Quick and immediate results
- Helpful and delicious recipes are provided
- Three easy levels to help people make a change in their eating habits
- Plant based foods ensures good health
- Helps save precious resources and protects animals
- Highly extreme for some people
- Eating out may be difficult
- May be difficult to follow this diet permanently for some people
Although die-hard meat lovers may find this diet difficult to follow, the overall food plan is designed to help followers live healthy by eating healthy. The transformation is not that hard anymore, with so many people switching over to vegetarian and vegan lifestyles.
There’s also the pleasure and satisfaction of knowing that you are doing your bit to save the planet. The recipes and suggestions in the book are very helpful. So, if you are looking for the right reasons to switch to vegan foods, this book has it all!