I’ve been reading Alicia Silverstone’s book, The Kind Diet. I really love the way she took diet back to it’s original definition. She said back in the mid-1600’s the English language defined diet as, “a way of living, or thinking, a day’s journey.”
It might be from a time long ago, but it’s a fresh way of looking at it today. By giving the word back its original positive meaning, it might make following a different way of eating more tolerable. Because if we think our journey will be miserable, it will be.
I also love how there isn’t an all or nothing way of doing it. She has the book set up in three different levels:
- Flirting - this plan is “simply sticking your toe in the pool of the Kind Diet.”
- Vegan - this plan is for those who “want to commit to a plant-based diet.”
- Superhero - this plan “emphasizes whole grains, organic vegetables, and sea vegetables.”
I’ll admit I’m on the ground more than I’m on the vegan wagon, but her book doesn’t make me want to give up. Because every time I fall back on an old meat or dairy habit, I remember she wrote: “When you make this journey in your own way, there’s no such thing as failure.”
She goes on to say in a later paragraph: “There’s no right way. As long as you continue to make good choices, one choice at a time, you will learn, and grow, and feel better.”
How many other plans are patient with you when your trying to change the way you eat? I’ve never tried others so maybe they are just as encouraging. But if they aren’t and you want to dabble with going vegan, I would highly recommend The Kind Diet.