when i first picked up the book, i was excited about having another guide to living vegan and eating well. i didn't want to just eat lettuce and carrots and hope for the best. though i was excited to pick up alicia's book, there was a little part of me that thought it would be like all the other books: a few helpful hints, one or two decent receipes, and something i would read through once then put on the shelf with the others. what makes this book different is the focus. she says it's a plan for weight loss, but in the very first chapter she redefines the word diet. "a way of living, or thinking, a day's journey." she refers to this book as a "journey about changing how you think and live, one day at a time." her focus is on living well and treating yourself well, which in turn treats the planet well. i haven't weighed myself since changing my life and i don't plan to do so until i notice that none of my clothes fit. and even then it will only be out of curiosity. it makes me sad to see posts of people who bought the book and expected instant miracles. there is no miracle in weight loss. it's work and takes time and dedication. i would like to think of the kind diet as a lifestyle change with the possible added bonus of weight loss. but i live in wisconsin. i have to trust that when my body is ready to give up the "insulation" (current temp of -12 F) it will do so on its own as long as i'm living well and being kind to myself.
That's so great Darci! I definitely agree that not weighing yourself constantly is a good idea. I think that not having expectations helps and while achieving a healthier lifestyle is the main goal, the inevitable weight loss is like an added bonus!
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