Vegan in 30 Days: Get Healthy. Save the World. by Sarah Taylor
Sarah Taylor wants more people to be vegan, and her way of encouraging it is to make the process of becoming vegan far less painful and more healthful. In this book she takes a step by step approach to becoming vegan. I love her non-judgmental tone and realistic expectations of readers. She doesn’t lambast the consumption of meat and tell you that you must stop consuming animal products immediately. Rather she encourages you to go ahead and keep eating chicken … until you hit the day that cuts out chicken … and keep eating eggs … until you hit the day that cuts out eggs … and well, you get the point.
Though it is obvious that she is an animal rights activist, Sarah puts just as much emphasis on health and nutrition in this guidebook. In fact, she recognizes that many people go vegan just for the health benefits – a welcome attitude for many. She is enthusiastic (perhaps a bit too much so at times – the use of exclamation points in this book makes you wonder if Sarah walks around with a megaphone), encouraging, and accepting.
I had just one major issue with this book … Where are the menus and nutritional assistance?
The step by step approach is excellent for many, but gradually eliminating things without offering much in the way of what to replace them with left me feeling a bit in the dark. When I read a title like “Vegan in 30 Days” I expect menu ideas to make the transition easier.
For example, the chapter that tells you to eliminate cheese is just two brief pages and the only tip is to “add tangy sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, marinated artichoke hearts, and capers” to a red sauce. I don’t think this tip alone will help most American give up cheese. Some may start out okay with this gradual elimination … first no red meat, then no chicken, no fish, no cheese, no eggs, etc. – but by the end they may be sitting there starving not sure what to eat.
There is a smattering of very basic recipes at the end of the book (14 in total), but they feel like more of an afterthought and aren’t structured, such as into a menu plan, and don’t offer nutritional information. If someone is really new to the vegan diet (let alone a healthy diet), they will probably need help in structuring a meal plan so that they are getting all of the nutrients they need and learning how to continue with the diet healthfully.
All in all, I like the concept of this book and Sarah’s method; it takes a lighter and gradual approach to a scary proposition for some. However, I would just like to see her double the size of this book with more information, meal plans, recipes, structured nutritional guides, etc. There is much more to be covered!