Salt-Free Cooking Ideas & Defiant Daughters Book Review

Here we are on a Monday morning again. Did you have a nice weekend? It was beautiful here in California and I tried my best to get outside and enjoy the scenery and fresh air:

Beautiful day in March on California's central coast.

Cooking Without Salt, Oil or Sugar:

There were 125 comments on my post asking about ideas for adding flavor without using salt, oil, or sugar. If you are looking for ideas, then I highly suggest reading through them; you guys are brilliant!

By far, the most mentioned ideas for adding flavor without salt involved using spices and herbs. I for one definitely need to experiment more with new flavors and I bought myself some smoked paprika this weekend. For roasting, I love the idea that one reader left about spritzing the veggies with some veggie broth to help the spices stick better and even using flax meal or dried coconut for texture. Other ideas I want to try include:

  • Using carmelized onions for flavor,
  • Topping foods with salt-free fermented vegetables (there is a brand called Rejuvenative Foods that makes one that I have tried and liked),
  • Adding celery to dishes because of its higher natural sodium content,
  • Cooking beans with a bay leaf and kombu to add flavor,
  • Gremolata <—— this is something I have never heard of, but a reader said it is a condiment made by chopping together parsley, garlic and lemon juice and zest. Sounds fantastic!

And, of course, I can’t forget that this whole discussion was inspired by my giveaway for the fantastic cookbook, Bravo!: Health Promoting Meals from the TrueNorth Health Kitchen. The random number generator selected comment #13 from Jennifer B. who said:

“…to flavor without using any oil at all my go-to’s are Onions and Garlic – ALWAYS!!!! Can’t go wrong with those two ingredients! LOVE Garlic and/or Onions! I’ve never been a salt person. I never add salt to anything.

Your photos and food are awesome as always! I’ve heard many wonderful things about True North Health Center and think it’s awesome you took the class from the chef!!!!”

Thank you to everyone who participated, I really enjoyed reading all of your comments.

Tempting Tempeh Chili:

Despite the warm temperature, I got it in my head to make chili last night. I had a bunch of vegetables on hand, plus some dried kidney beans I found at the farmers’ market. I used this recipe, plus I added some crushed tomatoes and a ton of fresh parsley:

Pictures of making tempeh chili

I served my tempeh chili with some soy yogurt and avocado and it was so hearty and comforting:

Tempting Tempeh Chili with soy yogurt and avocado.

Plus, I had just a few leftovers. :)

Leftovers from Tempting Tempeh Chili

By the way, if you have my app, Vegan Delish (get it here!), then you can find this recipe under Tempting Tempeh Chili.

Defiant Daughters Book Review:

I am so pleased to wrap up this post with another book review and giveaway, although this is one of the first times I’ve reviewed a non-cookbook book. Even though my blog does focus primarily on healthy vegan food, I was asked a few weeks ago if I was interested in reviewing this one called Defiant Daughters: 21 Women on Art, Activism, Animals and The Sexual Politics of Meat. I was honored to be asked and, upon reading this book, I fell in love with it and thought it might also appeal to some of you. Here is my review, please read on to the end to enter to win your copy:

For those of us who grew up eating the Standard American Diet and who have made the decision as adults to stop eating animal products, that moment of consciousness was significant. For me, there was a period of several months where I started reading more and more about animal welfare and the health effects of a whole foods, plant-based diet that culminated on September 16, 2010, when I announced to my friends and family that I had decided to go vegan. While that decision was exhilarating and powerful for me personally, I recognized later that it caused confusion and even hurt to some people around me as it seemed a declaration that snubbed the traditions of our mainstream culture.

In this same spirit of decisiveness and boldness that all of us who call ourselves vegan have within us, comes a new book being released this week. Defiant Daughters: 21 Women on Art, Activism, Animals and The Sexual Politics of Meat is an anthology of elegant and engaging stories from authors describing their experiences being vegan and vegetarian in a world that is often unfriendly and even hostile to thinking and living differently. The essays included in Defiant Daughters are extremely varied, ranging from Ruby Hamad’s piece, “Halal,” that describes her experience as a Muslim American woman who leaves her religion and the practice of eating meat in the span of two years to “Found Art, Found Hope,” where my friend and Our Hen House co-founder Jasmin Singer writes about combining her natural artistic talent with that of an activist spirit that is deeply personal and a beautiful ode to the power of hope and fortitude.

Kate Jacoby’s piece, “Getting to Vedge” is not only about her journey in opening a mainstream-acclaimed vegan restaurant, but on how veganism can be convenient, easy and rewarding and how that spirit is the best way to encourage others to consider becoming vegan. In “Confessions of a Not-Yet Vegan,” Darleen Smoot examines the question of how far one must go to live a compassionate life and what is holding her back from taking the plunge from vegetarianism to veganism. I had a connection with each of the stories presented in Defiant Daughters. Some drew laughter, others tears, but overall I felt a deep identification with the authors and her experiences.

The book that inspired this anthology, Carol Adams’ The Sexual Politics of Meat, originally published in 1990, is by no means required reading for this new book, but is available for those who want to learn more about the connections between feminism and veganism. As I continue on my journey as a vegan and an activist, I strive to replace the inherent rebellion that was part of my decision to change my life with positivity and an eagerness to share the compassion that comes with being vegan. In that way, we can use our collective energy as “defiant daughters” (and sons!) to build a new world where oppression derived from culture and practice is replaced with a recognition that both humans and animals have a right to freedom.

To enter to win a free copy of this book, please leave a comment on this post telling me who has inspired you the most to consider veganism, vegetarianism, or a plant-based diet. This giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada who are 18 years or older. I will randomly select a winner from everyone who leaves a comment on Friday, March 22nd. [Editor's note: this giveaway is now closed].

Defiant Daughters book cover

Good luck, thank you for reading, and I’ll see you back here on Wednesday.

Comments

  1. Monica says

    The blogosphere has inspired me the most to become vegan! After sharing my journey with my father, he sought out his own intormation and now he follows ETL and we continue to inspire one another and share resources!

  2. says

    That book sounds fascinating Carrie! I went vegan for various reasons, among them being compassion for living things, the ecological footprint associated with eating meat, and my own well-being and overall health. I have read a few books about the ethics surrounding consumption of animals had have found them to be really interesting. It would be great to explore the view that this book has to offer!

  3. Julia Orr says

    I was at a conference and happened to walk past the Compassion Over Killing table where a video showing the open rescue of hens was playing. The hen that made me vegan was dying in the arms of an activist, her head lolled to one side, her eyes barely open – it tore me up. The activists was trying to feed her water from a bottle cap but she couldn’t drink. I had never seen such compassion for a hen before and it struck me to my core. The haunting cries of a baby calf being torn away from it’s distressed mother at 3 days old ensure I will NEVER drink milk again. The animals turned me vegan.

    • says

      Thank you for sharing that, Julia, and for saying that the animals turned you vegan. I had a similar experience where I read about the cruelties involved with raising animals for food and I couldn’t be a part of that suffering anymore.

  4. Sharon says

    Eat To Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman for the logic and reasoning on making the change and the blogs for the laziness in me. I know if I can’t make it easy and uncomplicated that the likely hood of me staying with it are slim. So post all the simple, nutritious, and delicious recipes that you can.

  5. says

    This book sounds like a perfect read for me! When I was little, I was inspired by my mom who often commented about not eating certain types of meat or any at all while at the dinner table. I then got to thinking about what I was really eating and decided that I liked animals too much to eat them. I did eat it when I was forced to, but ever since I was about 5 or 6 years old, I haven’t liked meat and ate a mostly vegetarian diet.

  6. Katie says

    My medical history actually inspired me. Both sides of my family were rife with heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, just to name a few. I decided I didn’t want to travel down that road and chose a plant-based life in my early 20’s. It is amazing and I would never go back to where I was!

    • says

      Thank you for sharing that, Katie! My family also has concerning medical history which has made me so interested in the health benefits of a plant-based diet.

  7. Patty says

    Hi Carrie,

    The book sounds so good that I went ahead and bought it right now on my iPad. I can’t wait to read it, after I finish the book I’m reading right now. I heard about this book coming out, but I had no idea what it was going to be about, so I thought I’d just check it out when I had time. But, now that I know what it’s about, I’m so excited to read it. Thank you for sharing about it!

    On a side note, I made the Cream of Kabocha Squash soup recipe yesterday, and I had intended to serve it over green lentils and steamed greens when it was ready. For some reason my brain took a little break while I was making it at the boiling stage and all of a sudden I was like “hey why not add in the lentils right now?” And, I did. Then I realized I totally messed up. That it would change the consistency, plus I wanted the lentils after the fact, to add texture since I was going to blend the soup in my vitamix. So, I thought I totally blew it and it would be ruined. Plus, ughhhhh….I bought a green kabocha squash not orange not realizing their was a difference. But, I’d dont it, and I just finished it up and put the whole thing in the vitamix after it got done simmering and you know what? It was still good! I served it with quinoa on the top. Next time, though, I’ll follow the reciped better! Thank you for the recipe it was my first time cooking with squash other than zucchini and summer squash.

    I wanted to tell you too, that I’m adding to my smoothie pantry, since being so inspired by your beautiful smooth fixin’s and pantry. Thank you! Have a great week!

    • says

      Great, Patty, I am so excited that you got the book. Be forewarned, once you start reading it, you’ll have a hard time putting it down. And, your story about the Kabocha Squash soup made me laugh. I’m glad it turned out okay, though, I was hoping your story would end up with that. :)

  8. says

    Carrie ~ I was first inspired by a gal at work to read Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. She had lost nearly 100 pounds in just six months. I didn’t have that much to lose, but I really wanted to lose some weight and feel better. The rest is history. I’ve sort of become obsessed with my diet and food in general. I have to say, though, I’m just delving into the ethical part of veganism. Of course, I’m compassionate towards animals and have my own thoughts about the way our food sources are handled, but it isn’t what drove me to change my diet.

  9. Julianne says

    In August 2011, I began following the no-animal-products version of the nutritarian eating style for health reasons. The transition was easy for me, as I had always eaten a more-or-less semi-vegetarian/vegatarian diet and had always loved all fruits, veggies and beans/legumes. As I began practicing this eating style, I became more and more aware of the benefits of this lifestyle for the planet, the human population, and the animal population. This just solidified my commitment, and I have not looked back since!!

  10. says

    My fiance Alex has been a vegetarian for 21 years so he got the ball rolling and I became a vegetarian. I’m still not 100% vegan, but I began cutting dairy out of my diet after doing a ton of reading, including Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. My sister also went vegan in the last few years, and really challenged my reasons for eating dairy, so at least now when I do eat it, it’s not mindlessly and I know the system I’m participating in. For better or for worse, that is where I’m at right now and I hope to continue educating myself with books like this one!

  11. Bethany Powell says

    My yoga practice inspired me to be free of any animal cruelty, and I fell in love with the book “Where the Blind Horse Sings” by Kathy Stevens of the Catskills Animal Sanctuary. One of the best books I have read:)

  12. says

    Thank you for sharing the lovely oil and salt free seasoning suggestions. I had also never thought of vegetable broth. I love the idea of spritzing it on things – how clever!

    As for what caused me to consider veganism…well…I started as a vegetarian after reading Skinny Bitch. I had no idea it was a book promoting veganism, as I’m sure was the case for many people, and it really opened my eyes to animal cruelty. At the time, I couldn’t consider life without dairy, but I gave up meat immediately. Ultimately, it was my beloved dog Carly who motivated me to go all the way into veganism. Reading/hearing things about animal cruelty in the dairy industry finally started to hit home. I could no longer convince myself to ignore it.

    I’ve always also been motivated by the health aspect of veganism, so for me it is a win-win — help animals, help myself!

  13. Candice says

    What inspired me: my 2 year old daughter. I want to be the best I can be for her and for her world! It is hard to switch things up for your whole family, and so we are not 100% anything at this point, but I LOVE it when she asks me to snack on tempeh or carrots or bell pepper etc.

    Also… I too was inspired by your pantry post and I’m making my own version, bit by bit.

    Also… I have lost 10 pounds in the last 1.5 months, which means I am finally below my pre-pregnancy weight! All thanks to plant-based eating, no refined sugar, and no processed foods. Thank you for your help in getting there!

    • says

      Thank you for sharing this, Candice. I think it’s fantastic that your daughter inspires you and I love the story about her asking for vegetables for snacks. :)

  14. Oly Jacobsen says

    See, I’m a Dane, so I can’t participate!!!
    But I want to, and since I have a lot of American friends to whom the book could be sent, I don’t see any reason whyI shouldn’t participate :-)
    Early on in my life I became a vegetarian in order to loose weight, and I succeeded . Stayed vegetarian for years till I got pregnant, and started dreaming of meat, and it kept on, till I realized, maybe the baby needed some meat! A year ago, I had made some inner voice drawings that pointed me in the direction of fruit and vegetables. Within a month I stumbled on Dr. Fuhrman and his books. Once I had read Eat to Live there was no turning back. So here I am today, done juice fast, different detoxes and eat a lot of raw food too…

    • says

      Hi Oly! I think that’s a great idea that if you win the getaway, you can send the book to a friend. Great solution! Thanks so much for sharing your story. :)

  15. says

    Initially, it was the punks and anarchists that drew me to veganism. What had previously been general teen angst was given direction after I was introduced to a whole community of radicals who wrote music about animal rights and the like. I was exposed to a lot of new ideas, books, and organizations. Because of them, I began to make the connection between the animals I loved and the animals used in my food, clothing, and personal care products. What has kept me vegan all this time is the animals, each and every one of them. I am constantly inspired and amazed by them.

  16. Karin Stevenson says

    This sounds like a wonderful book. When I was told that I had less than a year to live I searched for food alternatives and decided to go vegan. The ones I found who helped me the most were Dan the Liferegenerator, Dr. Gabriel Cousins, Chef BeLive, Chef AJ and many others. I recently saw your blog and love it! Thank you for the recipes and information for me to stay vegan and enjoy it.

    • says

      Wow, thank you for sharing, Karin. I appreciate you mentioning those other resources, I had not heard of Dan or Chef BeLive, but I just “liked” their pages on Facebook. I’m happy you found my blog and appreciate the kind words.

  17. says

    Great giveaway! There were many pitstops on my way to waking up to what we were doing to animals, but it was Colleen Patrick Goudreau’s book Vegan’s Daily Companion that made me consider leaving animals off the plate. I kept seeing it in bookstores and was drawn to what a happy lifestyle it seemed to be. Then I watched a ten-minute video on what happens to “food animals” and I was done.

    Thanks for having this giveaway!

  18. shoshannah says

    hey pumpkin! I just wanted to say something about the smoked paprika cuz I noticed you mentioned it. It is my secret weapon in the kitchen! Soooo yummy! Last time I went to Spain I stocked up on a year’s supply hehe. I’ve noticed that different brands vary a lot in flavor so it pays to get the good stuff. The non-branded grocery store kind (not “de la vera”) tastes like total crapola.
    Oh and also, I made your hummus recipe from your app twice this week. Yum! Next time I’m adding pimenton de la vera! :)
    Big kiss from the other side of the world! xxoo

    • says

      Hi Shoshie!!! I totally remember you were the one who first told me about smoked paprika way back in the day when you had your own food blog (I really wish you would do that again, I loved seeing all of your amazing creations). Anywho, so far I had only bought sweet paprika but I finally bought some smoked paprika the other day and thought of you. :) I heard someone say that you should put it on at the end of the cooking process, otherwise the flavor goes away. Kisses back to you!!!

  19. Martha says

    Originally I became vegetarian because I realized I didn’t really LIKE meat. In 1977. Over the years, what has kept me vegan is the sheer amount of information that proves to me that it’s the best way to live – ALL the reasons: health, animal welfare, ecology, world hunger. It seems crazy not to be….

  20. Kate Casano says

    Cancer. My husband had Hodgkin’s Disease and it forced us to really look at our diet and make some big changes. He has been in remission for 2 years and has never felt better on a vegan diet!

    • says

      Hi Kate, thank you for sharing your personal story. You probably know that I am a cancer survivor, too, and I have never felt better. I appreciate your note!

  21. Aimee Douglass says

    “Forks Over Knives” was the tipping point for me, and led me to other sources of information, such as Engine 2, Happy Herbivore, and this fine blog. It’s been a process, but one that I am so happy and proud to have taken up. I love being vegan and feeling like I am feeding myself the food that it needs instead of the SAD.

    • says

      Thanks for sharing the resources, Aimee. “Forks Over Knives” was also significant in my decision to stay vegan and I totally agree with what you said about feeling good about feeding your body the food it needs.

  22. Sarah says

    Hi Carrie! I was inspired to become vegan after learning about how detrimental factory farming is to the environment and the animals. I couldn’t call myself an environmentalist when the industry that I was supporting with my food choices was just about the worst thing possible for the environment! That combined with the fact that heart disease runs in my family makes it a no brainer for me to live a vegan lifestyle.

  23. Alexandra says

    I was inspired to become a vegetarian when I was 7 by my friend Max, a little calf I took care of for a summer on a farm in Germany. When I came back the next year he was about to be sent off to become veal. . I’m now 22 and I’ve finally made the jump to veganism although I’ve been 90% Vegan for many years, the documentary Vegucated made me cut animal products out of my diet completely.

    • says

      That’s a great, although heart-breaking, story, Alexandra. I also thought Vegucated was a great movie about the reality of our choices.

  24. Angela says

    I used to volunteer at my local humane society with a woman who recommended Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s Food for Thought Podcasts to me. Colleen’s words of wisdom gave me the confidence, understanding, and perspective I needed to become vegan overnight, and never look back. I have remained vegan for the animals, planet, the wellness of other people and my health. This book sounds like a fantastic read and a valuable contribution to the literature on animals and activism. Can’t wait to read it…

    • says

      Hi Angela! I was also very, very moved by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau and her kind voice and thoughts. She was so welcoming to being vegan and that was a huge factor in my decision, too. Thanks for the note. :)

  25. Charlotte says

    T. Colin Campbell, PHD, and author of The China Study, is who inspired me the most to become vegan. Dr. Campbell was raised on a dairy farm, studied veterinary medicine for a year, then did graduate work in animal nutrition. I can relate to his dairy background and interest in animal science, and I found him to be open, honest and humble. I had previously read information from Hallelujah Acres (hacres.com) as I know a man who followed their diet to cure his prostate cancer. After my breast cancer and bilateral mastectomy almost 8 years ago, I read Dr Campbell’s book which told of his research and his becoming vegan. I decided to not have any chemotherapy but to change my diet by removing animal products and processed plant products. For the first few years I was much more careful to include a higher percentage of raw vegetables in my diet. That is why I am so happy that Dr. Fuhrman’s blog introduced me to you. I love your salads, dressings, and particularly your attitude. Thanks for taking all the time that you do to share your knowledge.

  26. Sarah says

    Wow this book looks awesome! I still feel really uncomfortable telling people I am vegan sometimes because I feel like I will be judged! I work at Trader Joe’s and often times I hear my coworkers make negative comments about the fake meats that we sell and “those vegans”. It makes me sad to hear comments such as these but I know that deep down they are coming from a place of fear of letting go of the norm and most importantly acknowledging their own cognitive dissonance in regards to animals and how humans mistreat them. I have been vegetarian since I was 13 but after I read “The Kind Diet” by Alicia Silverstone and went vegan and I haven’t looked back. That book made a lot of sense to me and really helped me make the transition to veganism a smooth one. I am also very inspired by bloggers such as yourself, Gena of ‘Choosing Raw’, Heather from ‘For The Love Of Kale’, and countless others. I am definitely going to check this book out!

    • says

      Hi Sarah! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. You have such a positive attitude that is really inspiring. Alicia Silverstone’s book was also a huge influence in my decision to become vegan. Thanks for sharing those blogs, too, I read Gena’s but wasn’t aware of Heather’s and just hers to my blog reader. :)

  27. says

    Hey there Carrie – I can’t remember if I suggested this in your post asking about flavour – but have you tried dulse flakes? I use them as a salt substitute sometimes. They are tasty and fantastic for thyroid health too =)
    The book sounds intriguing. I have to admit the first thing that inspired me to go vegan was completely health related, then it was the environmental impact, and animal rights.

    • says

      Thanks, Kimmy! I’ve had dulce flakes on dishes in health food restaurants before, but the sodium content on the package freaks me out so I haven’t bought any. I’m afraid I might overuse them. My husband got off two blood pressure medications when we got rid of salt in our diet so I have to be careful about that. I might pick some up for myself, though. :)

      • says

        Oh wow – I have never looked at the sodium content before… I only have a bit once or twice a month though. Salt is definitely not an issue for me… sweet things on the other hand… ;p
        Probably not a bad idea to lay low on the salt for your hubby =)

  28. Lindy-Lou Bath says

    Would love to read this book, as am always curious to know the defining moments of why people choose to go vegan. A book that truly inspired me and made me think was Eternal Treblinka by Charles Patterson. Our treatment of Animals and the Holocaust.
    It is a book that has stuck with me. Other books that truly inspire me are The China Study and books by Dr John McDougall and Dr Caldwell Esselstyn.

    • says

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Lindy-Lou. I just added the Eternal Treblinka to my Amazon wish list, although it looks like it might be hard for me to read because I can rarely read about animal suffering without getting deeply disturbed.

  29. says

    Dr. T. Colin Campbell has been my biggest inspiration. I first considered the vegan diet and plant-based nutrition after reading The China Study. His journey from boyhood dairy farmer to renowned researcher and advocate for plant-based nutrition not only inspired me but whose research been continually instrumental in my understanding and development not only in regards to health, but being a good steward of the environment and in serving others through this knowlege.

  30. Barbara says

    Carrie,

    In the late 90’s, I was overweight and tired. I picked up a copy of “Fit for Life” by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond. The book made so much sense to me, that I changed my approach to eating. As you know, nutrition is like “religion.” Everyone has their own views and beliefs on the subject. It’s all about finding what works for YOU in your life, spirit and heart. Vegetarianism works for me. It gives me pause to think about what I put into this “temple” that I have been blessed with. It’s a “kind” way to live. And, for me, vegetarianism carries over into all aspects of my life…kindness and respect for myself, for others, for the planet.

    Thanks for sharing your passion with us, too, Carrie.

  31. says

    Reading books by John Robbins and Erik Marcus 13 years ago were what first really inspired me to go vegan. (Mainly for the animals!) Over the years there have been so many others like Dr. Fuhrman as well as simply noticing how much better I personally felt by eating a whole foods, plant based diet.

  32. bitt says

    I’d have to say the animals keep me inspired mostly. I do it for them. Other than that, my husband. His dedication to veganism is strong and steady and he is my rock for all things vegan. He inspires me every day to do better for the animals.

  33. Nancy says

    I am a cancer survivor and I look all the time for recommendations for books on nutrition and wellness. Your blog is inspirational and informative and I am grateful to .have access to great healthy, vegan recipes. And letting go og salt, oil and sugar has been difficult for me but I am making progress! Thank you for your personal inspiration!

    • says

      Thank you for the kind words, Nancy! You probably read that I a new cancer survivor, too (still sounds crazy and surreal to me to say that).

  34. Kristen Butcher says

    I am loving the recipes on your site :-) and the daily menu that you share helps those of us new to vegan eating see that a little planning helps so that we can incorporate our healthy food into busy lives. I am currently at the Hippocrates Health Institute where they serve only living foods; sprouts, veggies, and occasionally nuts. Wheatgrass is a HUGE part of the program and I wonder if you partake in the wheatgrass juicing?

    • says

      Hi Kristen! Thanks for the note and kind words. I haven’t gotten into regular wheatgrass juicing, but I just recently started adding some wheatgrass powder to my smoothies. Enjoy your time at Hippocrates!

  35. Jeanne says

    Hi Carrie!
    When I started having health heart palpitations I knew I had to change something. I heard Dr. Fuhrman on Dr. Oz, then read his book and intuitively knew this was the change I needed. Joined his website and then found a talented lady named “Carrie Forrest” who helps keep me motivated. :-)

    Hugs,
    Jeanne

  36. says

    Hello, I found out about you from a friend who is doing the Vegan Challenge. I have been a strict Vegetarian for over 20 years and I’m raising my two boys the same way. I’m a Vegetarian Personal Chef and live in southern Alabama (although I reign from Philadelphia).
    I find inspiration all around me. Mostly I’m inspired and driven by my children. I’m dedicated to feeding them the most nutritious plant-based meals I can come up with. We are healthy, active, and rarely sick. I truely believe this is because of my proactive approach to diet.
    You are a new inspiration to me and I’m excited to start following your posts!

  37. Carla Moschetti says

    The one who inspired me to go vegan, cold turkey, so to speak, was John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America. The day I finished it, I was convinced. That was 16 years ago.

  38. Hugh says

    I read “Eat to Live” after my grandfather died. I passed the book to my wife who also read it. So Dr. Fuhrman has changed our lives!

  39. Justine says

    Many great people & wonderful events have inspired me to live a healthy life. I’ll sum up this part of my journey :). I began reading about plant base eating and watched some documentaries early 2012. My husband & I decided we wanted to try a plant base diet to improve our health. Right around the that time we met a wonderful lady named Kerilie from West Africa at a conference and she mentioned ” Eat to Live”. How she lost weight (after having her last child in her early forties) has lots of energy and no longer needs to take medicine. I bought the book! I’ve lost 24 lbs so far and I’m off of my high blood pressure medicine. My husband didnt have weight to loose but feels great and is enjoying the different foods we’ve been trying. I’ve found your fantastic site & a few others that are helping learn an entirely new way of cooking for myself & my family. Thanks Carrie for the great recipes and the encouragement you give to people to live healthy.

  40. Dianne says

    I was diagnosed with diabetes in April of 2007. When I gave birth to my daughter in March of 2010, I was given an antibiotic which led to recurrent yeast infections and candida. Through research to resolve my health issues, I concluded that a vegetarian or vegan diet would be the best for my overall health. I am currently vegetarian working toward vegan.

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