I am a guy, and I have to say, I don't understand why all these books are only focused towards women. And why is it a given that guys eat meat? And why, oh why don't very many guys take healthy eating, healthy planet, and being kind to animals seriously. I am thankful people like Alicia make a book like the kind life. I am very appreciative. It is slightly focused towards women, but didn't feel heavily leaning towards only them. I thought it was an incredible book. I read it all the time. I have been a quasi vegan vegitarian for more than 10 years. My main drive in life surrounds how much I love animals. Back in january, 2007 I read Skinny Bitch and the next morning became a Vegan with a Capital V. It answered so many questions I was searching to find answers for. It was very skewed towards women (of course, based on the title) but I wanted info on how to properly eat and not harm my body, nor cause any pain to all the animals i so love. Well, thank you Alicia, because the Kind Diet is like the greatest next step leap in Evolution from the ideas brought forth in Skinny Bitch. I am so thankful to you for increasing my knowledge about healthy, kind eating and living. The Kind Diet has been the greatest gift. (Standing Ovation from me to Alicia and those like her...)
"I am a guy, and I have to say, I don't understand why all these books are only focused towards women. " Midnight Sunset, I've noticed this too (and I'm a gal BTW). I've noticed when it comes to veggie/vegan books, websites and magazines the majority of the people writing/blogging are women. Also the veggie/vegan way of life is geared and presented more towards women. I think this IMO is because women are more open to things,and faster, than men are. Women are nurturers and so the "save the baby animals!" theme can be used more easily when trying to get them into the veggie/vegan fold. Not to mention the theme of losing weight is used so often too and women can connect with that since we live in a society that looks down on women who have a little more on their bodies than the "ideal woman" does. I know I'm not alone in this thinking cause I've heard more than once that vegetarianism/veganism is for women and also that it's for middle class white women with nothing better to do which makes my blood boil to no end. Thanks Megan and Sierra for those book titles. I've written them down and am going to investigate as I have a husband I'd like to convert. lol! ; ) -Staci
Also wanted to add, due to Sierra's comment, that Vega is a great product but to be careful when first taking it. Start small and work up when it comes to servings. I started out using 1/4 of a scoop daily in a morning smoothie. By the end of the week I was having heart palpitations and weird heart beats. These only got worse as I upped the scoop level to 3/4 of a scoop so I had to stop using it and wasted $70 bucks in the process. They make packets of the stuff to try so go that route first before buying a whole container to see if your body works well with it.
greenseater, Have you thought about movies to help "convert" your husband, as well as books? You know, us guys being more visual (haha), sometimes hitting us over the head by watching something about the food we eat might help grease the wheels in that direction. I haven't seen it yet but I hear "Food Inc" is great. After I watched "Supersize Me" although it was humorous I had very little desire to eat fast food after that; in particular, there was a special feature on the DVD we rented where the director (I think..) was interviewed and that was pretty revealing about where some fast food meat comes from. The one that put me over the edge to vegetarianism (I was on the fence for quite a while, although my wife was already vegetarian) was "Earthlings", but it is very difficult to watch and maybe a bit over-the-top, basically a true-story horror movie about treatment of animals. I know there are others but I cant think of them at the moment!
Oh yeah, "I'm a guy who read the Kind Diet!", ok just parts of it so far because my wife is hogging it :-) -Steve
Everyone must see FOOD, INC it is an incredible movie. It hits home with so much pertinent info. This is an especially good movie for people who don't know much about eating healthy, vegan or vegetarianism, and how factory farming is endangering us all and hurting animals. For the rest of us who are committed to the health and well being of animals, the planet, and our own health, a lot of it will be repetition, though it will only strengthen your resolve. If you haven't seen it, please check it out. And there is nothing like Super Size Me to get anyone to drop fast food eating for life. Love that movie....
Steve, Yes, I agree with the visual and movie route. Unfortunately I have to be really careful because he's really touchy when it comes to meat and dairy. Preaching at him won't work so I have to literally live by example in order for a change to happen. Food Inc. is on my NetFlix list already and I'm hoping with all my heart that something comes out of it that makes an impact on him. We saw some movie earlier this year called Fast Food Nation which about sent me over the edge on many levels. I don't know if the director was a vegan or vegetarian but good golly the theme was prevalent. We also watched Super Size me and that worked for awhile but then as time went on old habits came back. Every time I see a McD's wrapper or bag in the house I want to sit down and bawl. I'll look into Earthlings. Thank you for the suggestion!
Helly: Yes, I also own and have read Skinny Bastard. Sad thing is, it just seems to be Skinny Bitch with a few pronouns changed. I thought maybe they had found new and different info that related to men specifically, but sadly no. It is the same info repacked, so you can repurchase it. It is guised in an "Exercise, Get Pumped!" attitude that I assume they thought would be what the guys would be into. Not my thing. Exercise yes, bodybuilding no. Oh well. I still give them props for all the fantastic info in the original book though. Greenseater: I would love others in my family, or some of my friends to also be vegans and stop just blindly killing animals and shoving them into their mouths. I have talked with all of them many times about eating differently, but it all comes down to: You cannot change anyone, the more you try the more they put the walls and defenses up. You just have to proceed your own way, if they ask or want to talk about it then be very open to that. No one else will ever change until they begin down the path on their own. Giving them information can put a seed in the back of their mind, but that is as much as you can do. Anymore and they will go running the other way, close eared and close minded. I so wish caring logical minded discussions could get others to see a new, kind, and caring way of eating and living, but it doesn't. They have to make the discovery and choice on their own, in their own time.