Better Than Vegan By Del Sroufe

Better Than Vegan By Del Sroufe
Better Than Vegan By Del Sroufe

Better Than Vegan By Del Sroufe

Chef Del Sroufe was compassionate towards animals. But — as he confesses in his cookbook Better Than Vegan: 101 Favorite Low-Fat, Plant-Based Recipes That Helped Me Lose Over 200 Pounds — he was astonishingly cruel to his own body.

At his highest weight and lowest emotional point, 6-foot-3-inch Sroufe reached 475 pounds. The strictly vegan diet he consumed for four years while operating a vegan bakery accounted for 200 of them.

When weight-related chronic fatigue, depression, knee problems and foot pain finally caught up with him, Sroufe reached out in desperation to Dr. Pam Popper. A personal friend and founder of the Wellness Forum, she encouraged him to remain vegan, with two important changes:

  • He should eat only whole, plant-based foods.

  • He should cook with a minimum of fat and no oil.

The chef’s astonishing results after improving the quality of his diet? “I gained more than 200 pounds on a vegan diet swimming in oil, and I lost more than 200 pounds on a vegan diet without oil.”

Thrilled with the transformation, he put his experience as a chef to work as Dr. Popper’s co-owner of the healthy, plant-based food delivery service Wellness Forum Foods.

Since then, Sroufe has authored or co-authored a number of vegan cookbooks. They include Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook, reviewed here.

I enjoyed this cookbook’s tongue-in-cheek humor almost as much as its mouthwatering recipes. Of his kiwi-, strawberry-, apple- and blueberry-topped Big Fat Breakfast Pizza, Sroufe teases:

Do not share with anyone who criticizes you for making pizza for breakfast.”

Like reading Better Than Vegan, the Big Fat Breakfast Pizza promises to be a real treat!

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