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Living Vegan For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-52214-1
384 pages
December 2009
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The fun and easy way® to live a vegan lifestyle

Are you thinking about becoming a vegan? Already a practicing vegan? More than 3 million Americans currently live a vegan lifestyle, and that number is growing. Living Vegan For Dummies is your one-stop resource for understanding vegan practices, sharing them with your friends and loved ones, and maintaining a vegan way of life.

This friendly, practical guide explains the types of products that vegans abstain from eating and consuming, and provides healthy and animal-free options. You'll see how to create a balanced, nutritious vegan diet; read food and product labels to determine animal-derived product content; and stock a vegan pantry. You'll also get 40 great-tasting recipes to expand your cooking repertoire.

  • Features expert guidance in living a vegan lifestyle and explaining it to friends and family
  • Includes proper dietary guidelines so you can get the nutrition you need
  • Gives you several action plans for making the switch to veganism
  • Provides parents with everything they need to understand and support their children's choices

With the tips and advice in Living Vegan For Dummies, you can truly live and enjoy a vegan way of life!

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Table of Contents


Part I: “Ve-gan” at the Beginning.

Chapter 1: The Lowdown on Vegan Eating and Living.

Chapter 2: Understanding the Impact of Vegan Living.

Chapter 3: Transforming to Veganism.

Part II: Building a Healthy Vegan Diet.

Chapter 4: Essential Nutrients for Healthy Success.

Chapter 5: Protein Protocols.

Chapter 6: Transforming Food into Health-Supportive Meals.

Part III: Sticking to Your Guns: Staying Vegan.

Chapter 7: Cooking and Shopping Like a Vegan.

Chapter 8: Coexisting with the Meat Eaters in Your Home.

Chapter 9: Planning Your Meals to Stay on Track.

Chapter 10: Comfort Foods: Veganizing Meat, Dairy, and Other Old Favorites.

Chapter 11: Beyond Food: Embracing the Whole Vegan Lifestyle.

Part IV: Tasting Is Believing: Vegan Recipes.

Chapter 12: Breakfasts of Vegan Champions.

Chapter 13: Sides and Lighter Meals.

Chapter 14: Main Course Recipes.

Chapter 15: Just Desserts.

Part V: Living Vegan in the Real World.

Chapter 16: Walking the Vegan Walk (without Being Preachy!).

Chapter 17: Vegans on the Move: Travel and Hotel Issues.

Chapter 18: Dining Out.

Chapter 19: Navigating Tricky Social Situations.

Part VI: Veganism for All Walks of Life.

Chapter 20: Pea in a Pod: The Healthy Vegan Pregnancy and Postpartum Period.

Chapter 21: Bouncing Baby Vegans.

Chapter 22: Vegan Diets for Kids, Tweens, and Teens.

Chapter 23: The Vegan Athlete.

Chapter 24: Aging Gracefully and Veganly.

Part VII: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 25: Ten Reasons for Eating a Vegan Diet.

Chapter 26: Top Ten Questions (and Answers) about Going Vegan.

Chapter 27: Ten Ways to Make Vegan Living Extraordinary.


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Author Information

Alexandra Jamieson, CHHC, AADP, is a professionally trained vegan chef and board-certified holistic health counselor. She has appeared on Oprah, The Final Word, 30 Days, and The National Health Test with Bryant Gumbel. She was also featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary Super Size Me.

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Press Release

December 14, 2009
Create a Healthy and Balanced Vegan Diet with Living Vegan For Dummies®

More than 3 million Americans live a vegan lifestyle and with health, environmental, and humanitarian factors ever present in the media, the number of vegans continues to rise. In a new book from the ubiquitous For Dummies® reference series, vegan chef and holistic nutrition expert Alexandra Jamieson, CHHC, AADP, offers two-weeks-worth of recipes and provides sound advice for those wanting to adopt a vegan lifestyle, but are unsure where to start.

Living Vegan For Dummies® (Wiley; 978-0-470-52214-1; December 2009) includes descriptions of the types of products that vegans abstain from eating and consuming (eggs, dairy products, animal-derived ingredients, leather, honey…) and provides healthy and animal-free options for people exploring the lifestyle. Not only is the book a valuable resource for those already practicing or considering a vegan lifestyle, but also for their friends and loved ones.

Readers will find:

•     A detailed overview of what "vegan" is

•     How to create a balanced and nutritious vegan diet

•     More than 40 recipes (cornbread muffins, seitan burritos, chocolate peanut butter bombs)

•     How to read food and product labels to determine animal-derived product content

•     Several action plans for making the switch

•     Tips for stocking a vegan pantry

•     Advice for talking to friends and family about their choice                         

Like all For Dummies® books, the book concludes with the “Part of Tens” including ‘Ten Reasons for Eating a Vegan Diet,’ ‘Top Ten Questions (and Answers) about Going Vegan,’ and ‘Ten Ways to Make Vegan Living Extraordinary.’ 

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