Possibly the best healthy diet strategy ever

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Possibly the best healthy diet strategy ever

The Reducetarian Cookbook: 125 Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Plant-Based Recipes for Omnivores, Vegans, and Everyone In-Between edited by Brian Kateman, Ashleigh Amoroso, Center Street, US $21.99, Pp 228, September 2018, ISBN 978-1546082774

Many years ago, as a college freshman, Brian Kateman read Peter Singer’s book The Ethics of What We Eat, which changed how he ate. He learned that people who eat fewer animal products live longer. With less meat, eggs, and dairy and more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and plant-based proteins such as beans and lentils in our diets, we can prolong our lives. This is because eating fewer animal products reduces the prevalence of non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, stroke and certain kinds of cancers.

In The Reducetarian Cookbook, Brian Kateman says that eating fewer animal products is also an effective way to help protect the environment. Diets consisting of fewer animal products could reduce food-related water footprints by up to 36 percent. Eating more plant-based proteins could reduce greenhouse gas emission by up to 55 percent. According to Vegetarian Calculator, the average American eats approximately two thousands land animals in his or her lifetime, leading to the suffering of over nine billion factory-farmed animals every year in the United States alone and seventy billion worldwide. The number of sea animals killed is so high that it is difficult to estimate (it must be in trillions).

Several years later, Brian Kateman founded Reducetarian diet plan for the omnivores who found it difficult to adopt a healthy lifestyle. There are four main guiding principles of the Reducetarian lifestyle. Reducetarian lifestyle is not all-or-nothing. Brian Kateman writes that you are not either vegan or omnivore. He says that each and every time you eat a plant-based meal, you should feel joyful knowing that the meal was good for my body and for my mind, as well as kind to animals and to the planet. But do not be hard on yourself if you stumble — another meal is just around the corner. Reducetarians celebrate progress, not perfection.

Some people may be motivated enough to go vegan overnight, others will find it easy to gradually reduce the number of animal products in their diet. People who eat less meat are more likely to go vegetarian, and people who go vegetarian are more likely to go vegan. Some people are motivated to enjoy eating plant-based foods or concerned about the link between animal product consumption and environmental issues like biodiversity loss and climate change. Or you may be concerned about your health and want to take care of your heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or any other disease. All kinds of motivations work. Reducetarian lifestyle is highly inclusive by design. It comprises vegans, vegetarians as well as flexitarians. This concept allows us to focus not on our differences but on our shared commitment to ending factory farming and to significantly reducing societal consumption of animal products.

The Reducetarian Cookbook offers a large range of dishes for all the three meals and snacks. Breakfast recipes include such delicious recipes as ‘Cherry Pecan Oatmeal.’ For meals, you can choose from amongst many finger-licking recipes such as ‘Vegetable Stir-Fry with Tempeh.’ If you want to nibble at lite bites, you will have many options like ‘Vegan Cheesy Quesno.’ Many people love to have a cup of soup. They can choose from such flavorful soups as ‘Roasted Beet Soup.’ There are many mouth-watering desserts such as ‘Pumpkin Pie.’

The Reducetarian Cookbook is a practical diet plan. It does not ask you to completely eliminate animal products from your food in one go but slowly add plant-based dishes to your food. It is a great way for hardcore meat-eaters to move to a healthy lifestyle. The Reducetarian Cookbook is possibly the best healthy diet strategy ever. It is one of those few must-have cookbooks for people suffering from lethal diseases such as blood pressure and diabetes. Finally, we have a cookbook that makes vegan as accessible as it is delicious with recipes that are hearty and flavorful.

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