How great is it that Celyn over at Miso for Brekfast has been doing a giveaway EVERY DAY this MoFo?! I was lucky enough to win “Vegan for Life” by Jack Norris and Virginia Messina, which is awesome because I’ve been lusting after this book ever since it was released. I’ve had it in my Amazon shopping cart so many times but I always end up clicking “save for later.”
First of all, Jack and Virginia know their stuff. They are both registered dietitians and write extensively on vegan nutrition and health. There is a LOT of junk out there on the internet, and a lot of false info about vegan nutrition (from both pro-vegans and anti-vegans). I am a trained scientist and I can’t stand reading articles that talk about detox this or living enzyme that, or reference a case study and use the results to make broad generalizations.
One thing I appreciated in the beginning of this book is a break-down of what actually constitutes good scientific evidence. Sometimes I forget that the rest of the world isn’t an egg-head academic like yours truly. So if you have ever been confused about what makes a research study “good” or “bad”, then you will find this helpful.
They start by going through specific nutrients and explaining exactly what you need and what foods you should be eating. And don’t worry if all of the daily requirements seem mind boggling, because they provide a nice vegan food guide that is designed to make sure your diet is balanced. They also suggest certain supplements you should be taking and how often. I know I found this useful and will be stocking up on a few different things.
The second half of the book has chapters devoted to specific target populations, such as pregnant women, feeding vegan children, people over 50, people with medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, and athletes. There is also an entire chapter devoted to the soy debate. And if you are the type of person who likes sample menus, you are in luck because there are plenty of those as well.
All in all I’m super stoked about this book and I don’t think I could have asked for a better giveaway prize, so thank you Celyn!