Author: Chef Nancy A. Stein
RATING (1 to 5) 4 ****
WHAT IS NEW: The Book, in paperback or e-book format, is a good resource for people just getting started with a plant-based diet.
WHAT IS AUTHENTIC: Nancy Stein speaks from personal experience: after losing several family members to cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, Stein herself was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and her husband with an aggressive prostate (corrected) cancer. They did their research and discovered that these and many other so-called "age-related illnesses" are the result of poor lifestyle choices, rather than just inevitable milestones of aging. Stein and her husband immediately embraced a whole food, plant-based diet and both saw their health turn around.
WHAT IS KIND: Stein imparts a rallying pep talk with truly useful, in-depth information. From comprehensive instructions on cleaning out your pantry to tips on reading and understanding food labels, Stein shares the knowledge you need to start—and maintain—a plant-based lifestyle (not diet!)
WHAT IS ENLIGHTENED: The book provides the ideas needed to create your own meals. For example, "Make a Burrito" has you choose your favorites from lists of grains, beans, veggies, and sauces to create a meal you're sure to enjoy. IS THIS
BOOK FOR YOU? Restoring America's Health is a great "starter" book for people just beginning to explore a plant-based diet. At under 200 pages, it is a quick read with good information for those who are curious about a plant-based diet and just need a nudge in the right direction.
IS IT NAKED FOOD BOOK CLUB RECOMMENDED? Yes, however, though Stein warns against the use of oils and processed foods, she does advocate their occasional use, sparingly, for those who are having a hard time transitioning to 100% whole foods.
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