Eating plant-based can be difficult in a meat-obsessed world. The most troubling Instagram picture I saw this past year was of a “vegan influencer” eating a big chunk of meat.
“I started hearing story after story from my fellow vegan friends jumping ship, testing out the carnivore diet and experiencing amazing health transformations… decided I’d give it a shot. Full onnn carnivore. I woke up the next morning feeling more mentally clear, focused, wholesome, and healthy than I had felt in years.”
Is there a book she should have read before following her friends overboard?
The Joyful Vegan: How to Stay Vegan in a World That Wants You to Eat Meat, Dairy, and Eggs is Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s message to all plant-based eaters trying to stay the course.
It’s not just about coping with the lethargy, hunger and loss of concentration that hits many under-nourished, calorie-restricted vegans.
Colleen even admits, “If you add meat, dairy, and eggs back into your diet — and thus more calories — you will most likely feel more energetic, satiated, and clear-headed.”
She continues, however, “It’s possible… that you would have felt just as energetic, satiated, and clear-headed if you just ate more calorie-dense plant foods.”
Her greater goal is to help vegans understand and embrace the moral goals of “compassion, justice, kindness, protection, simplicity, nonviolence, wellness, nonharm, and integrity.”
Section One of The Joyful Vegan chronicles her journey to becoming a committed vegan — and crusader against the immorality of animal-based eating. It began when, at age 20, she read John Robbins’ book Diet for a New America.
That was her introduction to how the meat, dairy- and egg based American diet has meant decades of horrific animal and environmental abuse. Not to mention the countless studies showing how it contributes to obesity, heart disease and a host of other health problems!
Along the way, Colleen learned that eating plant-based isn’t the hard part. Living a compassion-driven life devoted to battling all violence against animals is.
In Section Two, she walks the reader through the ten stages of becoming an animal advocate without alienating non-vegans. The secret, she says, is to learn that “We can speak up for animals without speaking down to humans.”
As I read The Joyful Vegan, my mind kept going back to that disturbing Instagram picture. I wish the vegan influencer had talked with Patrick-Goudreau before jumping ship.
If you’re debating whether or not to stay vegan, this is precisely the book to help you find lasting health and joy in plant-based living!