When I first went vegan, I was able to find just one book on vegan health and living. There were a few on vegetarianism, but the subject of veganism was pretty difficult to come by. It seems that now just about every niche topic in the realm of veganism has been covered in a book. Or at least that’s what I thought before Vegan For Her by Ginny Messina and JL Fields hit the shelves last month. It seems like a no-brainer that there should be a book on vegan nutrition just for women, since women’s bodies have different needs then men, but no one has thought to write one until Ginny Messina came up with the concept.
Vegan for Her is really a must for any female on a vegan diet, as it covers all aspects of veganism for women, from preventing breast cancer and protecting bones to healthy aging and achieving happiness beyond the scale. Diet and hormones are also discussed, as is nutrition for enhanced fertility, pregnancy and breastfeeding. There’s also a chapter on taking veganism beyond the plate with cruelty-free fashion, health and beauty products, and cleaning supplies. The book can be read from cover to cover, or you can just check out the chapters that are relevant to your needs. It’s helpful to those who are already vegan and need some help ramping up their health, but it can also be used as a guide for women who are in the process of switching to a plant-based diet. For those who may feel like going vegan is difficult and intimidating, Ginny makes it easy and practical. She even includes her “Plant Plate” as a guide for building a healthy diet.
The book ends with recipes from JL Fields, which are easy to make, and don’t seem to “weird”. (And I know that most of the omnivorous world thinks that vegan food is strange!) Most of the ingredients are easy find and the dishes come together quickly. Those who know JL know she’s the queen of pressure cooker cooking, and she includes instructions for both pressure cookers and stove top cooking in recipes that are applicable. Some recipes even have slow cooker instructions, so dinner can be made while you’re doing other things.
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Ginny for Chic Vegan, so hop on over to check it out.