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Thinking of taking Meatless Mondays a step further? In her book, The Kind Diet, actress and animal lover Alicia Silverstone explains how to go vegan, which she says will make you look and feel great while improving your health.

Vegan diets skip all animal products, including meat, fish, dairy products, and eggs.

Though her book is more of a vegan how-to and cookbook than a weight loss prescription, Silverstone says a vegan diet can help you lose weight -- especially if you follow her “superhero” plan, which banishes packaged foods.

What You Can Eat

Once you eliminate all animal products from your diet, Silverstone recommends eating whole grains, beans, and vegetables, opting for local and in-season varieties as often as possible.

Fruit and desserts are OK in small quantities, provided they’re made with the right sweeteners. You’ll want to avoid white sugar, honey, and organic evaporated cane syrup, and instead choose brown rice syrup, barley malt, maple syrup, agave, molasses, and fruit.

The Kind Diet outlines three phases of veganism:

  • Flirting: A gradual transition away from animal-based foods
  • Going Vegan: Committing to a vegan lifestyle
  • Superhero: You mainly eat unprocessed vegetable foods and limit nightshade vegetables (including potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplants) as well as fruit, nuts, and sweets, in order to achieve optimal health.

When it comes to alcohol, less is more, says Silverstone, who enjoys a good glass of wine while dining with friends but rarely drinks at home. She also recommends minimizing all caffeinated drinks, including coffee and tea. After going vegan, she says, you’ll have so much extra energy you won’t need them.

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