The beginning of each year is almost always accompanied by resolutions to make changes: lose weight, eat healthier, manage stress, exercise more, etc. If you’ve resolved that is the year that you will finally go vegan, or if you’re already vegan and want to make sure you’re eating an optimal diet, Becoming Vegan, Express Edition is the book for you!
When I went vegan in 2001, Becoming Vegan by Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina was one of the first books I bought. Veganism wasn’t nearly as mainstream as it is now, and even though I had already been meatless for almost a decade, I was concerned about getting essential nutrients. The original book was published in 2000, and since so much has happened in the vegan world since then, the authors have recently released the revised Express Edition.
Becoming Vegan, Express Edition is chock full of just about everything you ever wanted to know about vegan nutrition, and it probably contains some info that you didn’t even realize you wanted to know! This revised book offers new evidence of the health benefits of a vegan diet, expanded information on phytonutrients, in-depth coverage of all the essential nutrients—calcium, protein, essential fatty acids, good carbs, and vitamin D and B12, and a thoroughly updated food guide. Guidelines are given on how how to follow a balanced vegan diet for infants, children, pregnant women and nursing mothers, as well as seniors. There’s also info on maintaining a healthy weight, getting fit and optimal nutrition for athletes. This new version of Vegan Express also contains a chapter on compassion, which gives insight into the treatment of animals for food production, as well as information on what animal agriculture is doing to the planet.
This streamlined “express” version of Becoming Vegan is extensive, yet easily understandable. A larger a more in-depth, fully referenced Comprehensive Edition of Vegan Express (which will be about 624 pages) will be out in the spring of 2014. The larger edition will be geared toward health care professionals those with a keen interest in nutrition. Be sure to check out my interview with Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina on Chic Vegan too!