Becoming Vegetarian: The Complete Guide to Adopting a Healthy Vegetarian Diet

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John Wiley & Sons, Jun 25, 2008 - Cooking - 480 pages
The evidence is in— millions of people are moving toward a vegetarian diet because it offers a healthful and environmentally sound alternative to the standard diet. Becoming Vegetarian is the ultimate source for making this valuable and beneficial life change. Packed with authoritative vegetarian and vegan nutrition information from established and savvy experts, this powerful book takes the worry out of making an important, healthy transition.

Here' what's inside:

  • Vegetarian food guide for optimal nutrition and easy meal planning
  • Delicious, easy recipes
  • Helpful guidelines for those who are just starting out
  • Cutting edge scientific information for experienced vegetarians
  • Nutrition essentials from infancy through our senior years
  • Practical tips for weight control
  • Much, much more
This comprehensive update of an international bestseller is the one resource that contains everything you need to know about becoming a vegetarian or fine-tuning a vegetarian diet. From dealing with awkward social situations to making sure you're getting all the necessary nutrients, let Vesanto Melina and Brenda Davis give you the information you need to achieve a healthful vegetarian life with ease. Change the way you look at food and your health forever— start following the dynamic, easy-to-implement advice in Becoming Vegetarian today.

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This is the first book I read before I became vegan almost 13 years ago. Great for anyone just starting out or those simply wanting more information. Easy to understand nutritional information. Really ... Read full review


Why Be Vegetarian?
Maximizing the Vegetarian Advantage
Power from Plantslegumes nuts and seeds
Bone Boostersmilk greens and other calcium champions
Energy Plusgoodness from grains
Perfect Protectorsvegetables and fruits
Fat Feudswhos winning?
Finetuning the Vegetarian Dietvitamin B12
Vegetarian for Life
Vegetarian Victory Over Weight
Vegetarian Diplomacy
From Markets of Meals
Recipessimple treasures
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About the author (2008)

Vesanto Melina, M. Sc., R.D., was trained at the University of Toronto and the University of London, England, and taught nutrition at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and Seattle's Bastyr University. She was a coordinator for the vegetarian section of the Manual of Clinical Dietetics(Dietitians of Canada and the American Dietetics Association) and is co-author of the nutrition classic "Becoming Vegetarian" (now in eleven countries and three languages), as well as "Cooking Vegetarian', "Becoming Vegan" and "Healthy Eating for Life to Prevent and Treat Cancer".
Vesanto is widely known in the media - press, TV and radio. She is an internationally known speaker and has presented workshops on the topic of vegetarian nutrition to over 1800 dietitians throughout. North America. Vesanto received the prestigious Clintec award for leadership in dietetics. She regularly consults for government and industry and for individual clients.
To complement her scientific expertise is Vesanto's joy in creating food that is healthy, delicious and simple to prepare. Her website is

Brenda Davis is a registered dietitian in private practice, an author and an internationally acclaimed speaker. She became a committed, ethical vegetarian 13 years ago when she was moved to explore the consequences of food choices beyond personal health. Brenda completed an honors degree in Human Nutrition at the University of Guelph, followed by an internship in Ottawa Ontario. She has worked as a public health nutritionist, clinical nutrition specialist, nutrition consultant, academic nutrition instructor, and is currently the Past-Chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association. Brenda is co-author of three books - the best-seller, Becoming Vegetarian, its companion, Becoming Vegan, and the newly released Dairy-free and Delicious. She answers nutrition questions on the VegFamily website. Brenda lives in Kelowna, British Columbia with her husband Paul, and two teenage children, Leena - age 17 and Cory - age 14, all vegetarians.

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