People often ask me if there are any plant based weight loss books that I recommend and while I definitely refer them to excellent books written by the likes of Drs McDougall, Fuhrman, Barnard, and my other favorite plant-based authors…I am adding another favorite to the list.
The Lean by Kathy Freston lays out a plan for transitioning (or rather “leaning”) into plant-based living that is so gentle and reasonable. Frequently people try to transition to plant-based eating too quickly and when they mis-step they trend back to their old ways. Kathy’s writes in such a non-judgmental and wonderfully guiding voice that the reader realizes they need to be gentle with themselves during the transition.
The Lean is a plan that is more about what is ADDED to your diet than what is taken out (though the animals products are eventually removed). When people focus on adding good quality food into their daily food plan, they naturally crowd out the undesirable food.
The concept of the book is that the reader will tackle one issue per day (each outlined in a chapter of the book). Kathy’s philosophy is that if it takes you longer than a day to add the new habit, then give yourself longer than a day before moving on to the next chapter.
Some of the easy nutritional modifications within The Lean are:Day 7: Put a Little Flax On It
Day 14: Eat a Superfood
Day 16: Toss up a big bowl of Love, a.k.a. Salad Day 25: Juice It! Day 28: Do Something Purposeful
What I appreciate most about The Lean is its practicality. If you live your life according to the principles found within The Lean, health will follow.
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3 responses to “BOOK REVIEW – The Lean”
Kathy Freston is so great in her approach- not dogmatic at all! So helpful for those who are reluctant and if one just needs a bit of a nudge. Thanks for sharing this one!
Kathy is so approachable and has an aura of kindness which I so appreciate. She is doing wonders for the vegan movement. I recently interviewed her for Chic Vegan (www.chicvegan.com) and am compiling all of the information right now…can’t wait to share it 🙂
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