Vegan for Life (Paperback)

Everything You Need to Know to Be Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet

By Jack Norris, Virginia Messina

Da Capo Lifelong Books, 9780738214931, 304pp.

Publication Date: July 12, 2011

List Price: 17.99*
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Description

Going vegan? Here's the go-to-guide, with a six-step transition plan to a plant-based diet, with detailed nutritional information for everyone from athletes to kids to pregnant women.

Whether you're considering going vegan or just want to learn more about plant-based nutrition, Vegan for Life is your comprehensive, go-to guide for optimal healthy eating. Registered dietitians and long-time vegans Jack Norris and Virginia Messina debunk some of the most persistent myths about vegan nutrition and provide essential information about getting enough calcium and protein, finding the best supplements, and understanding the "real deal" about soy.

Covering everything from a six-step transition plan to meeting protein requirements and even calorie and nutrient needs during pregnancy and breastfeeding, Vegan for Life is the guide for aspiring and veteran vegans alike, complete with an easy-to-use food chart, tasty substitutions, sample menus, and expansive resources.


About the Author

Jack Norris, RD, cofounder and executive director of Vegan Outreach and founder of VeganHealth.org, has been elected to the Animal Rights Hall of Fame and speaks regularly on vegan nutrition and animal advocacy. He lives in Northern California.

Virginia Messina, MPH, RD
, serves on the advisory board of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. She lives in Washington.


Praise For Vegan for Life: Everything You Need to Know to Be Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet

"This book explains everything one needs to know about going vegan. Comprehensive and succinct, it is a must-have for nutritionists and anyone contemplating a vegan diet."
Library Journal

"Armed with this compendium and a vegan cookbook, novices will make an easy, healthy transition to meat, egg and dairy-free meals, while practicing vegans can use it as a guide to the best food choices."
Publishers Weekly

"Packed with science yet never boring, Norris and Messina-both long-time vegans themselves-put their wealth of knowledge at your fingertips while putting to rest any nutritional issues that concern those aspiring to a plant based-diet...No vegan myth goes unbusted...Vegan for Life is a complete reference guide that deserves a spot in your library or kitchen."
VegNews

"Whether you've been enjoying a plant-based diet for years or are just starting on the adventure, Norris and Messina will prove to be outstanding mentors. Even if you don't plan to eliminate meat and animal products completely, there's valuable information here about incorporating foods that help you fight disease, build the immune system, and feel better in general. Vegan for Life is one of those books that you'll pull off the shelf for inspiration and consultation time after time."
Curled Up With a Good Book

"Any general lending library catering to vegetarians needs this introductory guide."
Midwest Book Review

"Vegan for Life is full of helpful charts that show specific nutrients found in numerous fruits, nuts and vegetables. I love how easy this makes it to be sure you are getting the proper nutrition in your Vegan lifestyle."
Texas Kitchen (blog)

"A book that is both so encouraging and so incredibly necessary right now."
Run Vegan (blog)

"Vegan for Life makes going vegan doable. I would definitely recommend this book to vegans, the vegan-curious, and those living with vegan family members."
Veggie Voyeur

"Beyond setting straight some outdated nutrition information, the book will put to rest most nutrition worries you might have."
Lone Star Plate

"This book offers a great deal of information and practical suggestions for maintaining a healthy vegan diet."
Going-Vegan.net

"Never before have I ever come across such an excellent, factual book...This book would be great for anyone. I think it would be wonderful for new vegans to start them on the right path. It would also be a great gift to any family members of a vegan who have questions (I know my mother did when I started). It should also be required reading for any longtime vegan, like myself, to make sure that you are getting the most of our diet...Get this book. Seriously... 5 Stars."
Quick & Easy magazine

"If you're a new vegan, or a vegan who might be buying into the hype that a vegan diet is not sustainable, read this book. If you're a vegan who wants a quick resource at your fingertips or the perfect book to hand over to your vegan-curious family member or friend read this book."
VegKitchen.com

"Whether you're considering veganism or you're an old hand, Vegan for Life is a book that you won't want to be without."
Cooking the Vegan Books

"Norris and Messina have the knowledge, understanding, and experience to tell it like it is about vegan diet. And they do...I'm telling you now! Read This Book!"
SavvyVegetarian.com

"Clearly written and easy to understand, this book is a must for both long-term vegans and those just considering such a path."
San Francisco Book Review

"Jack Norris and Ginny Messina have produced a highly readable, information-packed book about vegan nutrition...I highly recommend Vegan for Life-for new vegans, established vegans, people curious about vegan diets...It's essential reading!"
Vegetarian Journal, Vol. 30, Issue 4

"With this resource, readers learn how to make the transition to a plant-based diet while still getting the nutrition they need."
Taste for Life


"The most authoritative vegan nutrition book on the planet."

Vegan.com

"A great book I think every vegan should have...Jack and Virginia know their stuff."—Positively Vegan

"Registered dieticians and longtime vegans, Jack Norris and Virginia Messina, debunk some of the most persistent myths about vegan nutrition and provide essential information about getting enough calcium, protein and finding the best supplements...Vegan for Life is the guide for aspiring and veteran vegans alike, complete with an easy-to-use- food chart, tasty substitutes, sample menus and expansive resources."

The Vegetarian

"One of the ten best vegan books of 2011...Vegan for Life is a book you will keep for life, and if you follow the advice of RDs Norris and Messina, chances are it will be a long one."
VegNews

"Nutritionists Jack Norris, RD, and Virginia Messina, MPH, RD, fully explain what a vegan diet is, and how to avoid deficiencies of such important nutrients as protein, calcium, and iron. For those considering a vegan lifestyle but afraid that the diet won't keep them healthy, Norris and Messina have the answers... The advice is easy to follow, and can result in a longer, healthier life."
AllVoices.com

"For those who, for whatever reason, intend to become vegans, this book will be helpful."—Bookviews

"An effective primer for those just starting to live as vegans and those interested in trying the vegan lifestyle but uncertain about its potential benefits."
InfoDad.com

"Delicious nutrient-dense menus."—Tucson Citizen

"Awesome...A common-sense guide to eating a healthy and varied plant-based diet...If you are vegan or vegetarian, you should get-and read!-Vegan for Life."

Vegansaurus.com

"It's a quick, easy, informative read."—NorthwestHerbivore.com

"A densely-packed treasure chest of nutritional information for vegans and those who feed them."
OurHenHouse.org

"Simply amazing...Displaces Becoming Vegan as the definitive vegan nutrition book."—Reno Gazette-Journal

"A great starting point for anyone who wants to become vegan, and an excellent reference even for people who have always followed a vegan diet."
Metapsychology Online Review

"I cannot speak highly enough about this book. It is well researched and well referenced. It doesn't make any claims without substantial scientific (ie. peer-reviewed publications) support and, best of all, it wasn't too preachy about the whole animal thing."
FoodCite (blog)

"If you're an animal lover, this book may be helpful in helping you find a more compassionate way to eat."
Portland Book Review

"Required reading for those wishing to maximize their plant-based diets."
Complete Yoga (South Africa)

"A welcome and timely addition to [vegan] literature...Vegan for Life provides reliable, evidence-based, common sense advice for anyone following or seeking to follow a vegan diet. The book is clear, concise and easy to read...[and] is both comprehensive and practical, with clearly-presented dietary advice, menu plans and nutrient tables."
Vegan Views (UK)

"Vegan for Life is comprehensive in its use of research (and the authors explain how and why and which research they use) and it's laid out so simply that me, a non-researcher, totally gets it... If you're a new vegan, or a vegan who might be buying into the hype that a vegan diet is not sustainable, read this book. If you're a vegan who wants a quick resource at your fingertips or the perfect book to hand over to your vegan-curious family member or friend read this book."
JL Goes Vegan (blog)

"No matter what category you find yourself in, if you are looking for a soup-to-nuts template, bible, road-map, or crystal ball guide to the why's and where-fore of veganism, then Vegan For Life is a must-read...Vegan for Life is one of the most thorough resources for all things vegan on the market...It covers everything about veganism, from Top Ten Myths about Vegan Diets to entire diet nutritional profiles, How to Meet Protein Needs, sample vegan food choice menus, and the importance of inter-relationships between various vitamins and minerals and the food combinations that elicit their greatest nutritional and dietary benefits...Because it leaves no stone unturned, Vegan for Life is an incredible resource that experienced vegan deacons or new vegans still using their vegan training wheels should keep close at hand, and share with vegan curious family and friends."
Green Vegan Living blog

"It is just well researched, useful information that all vegans need to know to maintain good health and is written in an easy to understand way, filled with tables and great references."
Vegan Things I Like (blog)