The Kind Diet
The Kind Diet: What It Is
Like many celebrities before her, actress Alicia Silverstone has put
together a book that she says reveals the secrets of her great looks and
knockout figure. In The Kind Diet, Silverstone attributes her health and
beauty to her totally organic, vegan diet, free of "nasty" meat, dairy, white
sugar, and processed foods.
In The Kind Diet, Silverstone, a passionate animal activist and
conservationist, says a plant-based diet is not only good for your body but
also saves animals and is one of the "greenest" things you can do.
"A plant-based diet requires less fuel, water and other resources than
animal products, and following a vegan diet is one of the best things you can
do to lose weight, improve your health and the health of our planet," says
Vegan and vegetarian eating are becoming increasing popular as more
consumers discover the health, environmental, and ethical benefits of a
plant-based diet. (Even Burger King offers veggie burgers these
Nutrition professionals advocate eating a plant-based diet for the many
health benefits it can provide. A vegan diet based on plant foods like fruits,
vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans and soy products -- and void of animal
and overly processed products -- can be tasty, nutritious and promote weight
Still, nutritionists warn that when you eliminate all animal products from
the diet, you risk developing deficiencies of essential nutrients such as
calcium, iron, and vitamins B12 and D. For this reason, they tend to allow lean
and low-fat animal products.
The Kind Diet: What You Can Eat
Silverstone makes a compelling argument to encourage readers to switch to an
organic (whenever possible), plant-based diet, rich in whole grains, sea
vegetables, and foods many Americans have never tasted, like dikon, shoyu, and
Included in the book are 100 delicious-sounding recipes, including desserts,
to prove that eating vegetarian "is not about eating grass and cardboard," says
White sugar, processed foods, coffee, alcohol, animal products,
and anything artificial -- including sweeteners -- are off limits. Even
natural sugars like agave should be consumed in small quantities.
A typical day on The Kind Diet might look like this:
- Breakfast: Toast with avocado and tomatoes.
- Lunch: Vegetarian burrito.
- Dinner: Rustic pasta with marinara sauce, pecan-crusted seitan
(wheat gluten), steamed broccoli, and garlic bread.
- Snack: Peanut butter treats or a piece of fruit.
The Kind Diet: How It Works
Readers choose from three different entry points into The Kind Diet,
from the first, "flirting," stage to the "ultimate superhero" stage. The flirt
level encourages readers to slowly replace meats with plant-based foods and
suggests they will see immediate results to spur them on to the next
level. "Vegan" is the next tier, eliminating all animal products but
allowing meat substitutes, grains, fruits and vegetables. The final,
"superhero" stage is a diet built mostly on grains and sea vegetables.