Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Book review

I have just finished reading Beyond Broccoli, Creating a Biologically Balanced Diet When a Vegetarian Diet Doesn't Work by Susan Schenck LAc.
This book is a must-read for anyone who is a vegetarian or vegan for health reasons, and has been experiencing less-than-stellar health. While she covers many of the same topics as books like Primal Body, Primal Mind, Schenck excels in her focus of inviting the meatless to consider expanding their nutritional horizons, and makes a very persuasive case for a diet based on raw foods.

Very thorough and comprehensive, the book is extensively footnoted, and all of her assertions are backed up by solid science and research. The objective facts are nicely balanced with lots of subjective, anecdotal experiences, both her own and those of colleagues and others in the nutritional world. This makes it quite readable and engaging.

Her approach is very inclusive and non-judgmental. She doesn’t go for the easy black-and-white view, and instead acknowledges the broad continuum of possibilities for incorporating animal products, in varying degrees and for various reasons, into one’s diet.
While the most hard-headed of ideologues may not be open to her message, it is presented in such a way as to create the potential for the majority of vegetarians and vegans with open hearts and minds to at least take a rational, objective look at the foundations of their food choices.

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