If 2010 marks your year for making a drastic overhaul to your health and diet, then you might want to learn about the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart, a three-week challenge that introduces you to the vegan lifestyle.
Created by Dr. Neal Barnard and The Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), this 21-day plan, which officially starts January 1, 2010, provides an opportunity for anyone who is the slightest bit curious about what a diet without any animal products is all about. You’ll get to experience a way of eating that is gaining popularity and respect among health and nutrition professionals.
By signing up for the plan online at the PCRM website, you’ll receive daily emails, meal plans, webcasts from Dr. Barnard and access vegan restaurant guides. In addition, one of the most recognized vegans, actress and activist Alicia Silverstone, will share her vegan diet tips for how to seamlessly and deliciously create meals and snacks that will not only satiate your appetite, but that will also give a boost to your health.
Even though the vegan diet is quick to receive criticism for its rigidity and inadequate nutrient intake (such as not enough protein and lack of vitamin B12), some medical professionals, like Dr. Barnard and Dr. Dean Ornish, have come out extolling the benefits that come from adopting a carefully-followed vegan diet. With its zero-tolerance policy for meat, poultry, dairy, and most processed foods like refined sugars and flours, the vegan diet is the antithesis of the Western Diet, which is full of fast-food, red meat, full-fat dairy, sugars and processed baked goods; not to mention being the cause of our near-epidemic rates of obesity and weight-related health conditions.
With promises of not just weight loss but also reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes, with celebrity followers like Silverstone, Woody Harrelson, Ellen DeGeneres and other notables like track and field athlete Carl Lewis and U.S. Senator, Dennis Kucinich, veganism is no longer represented by the faces of tree-hugging, tofu-eating Birkenstock wearers.
Most vegans view their lifestyle as just that: A lifestyle rooted in a philosophy in the protection of all living things.
So if you’re curious about testing out the vegan waters, even just for a few weeks, then you might want to consider kick-starting your 2010 with the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart.
Learn more in the DietsInReview.com review of the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart.