Where to begin, where to begin… Just when you thought that it’s hard to turn yourself into a vegetarian, a book has emerged to help you become the vegetarian that you want to be (hello, there are many types of vegetarians and one of them is vegan :P). Yup, you read that right. Vegetarianism – Guide to Becoming a Vegetarian by Gretchen Wells offers about 20 chapters that get readers right to the point.

Book Review: Vegetarianism – Guide to Becoming a Vegetarian Available at Amazon Kindle Store

My favorite parts in the book include the following:

1. Vegetarian Eating Options During Travels

Back in the olden times, there were not a lot of vegetarian-friendly restaurants you can find outside. And even if there were a few, food didn’t appear to be tasty. Mock meats are extensively used to substitute for the taste of real meat, and both vegetarians and non-vegetarians didn’t get to appreciate them. So what happens to vegetarians during travels? In this book, Wells has provided an outline of suggestions on how to bring and make vegetarian food with convenience. This section helps travelers be free of worries and then take charge of their health while on the road.

2. The Best Vegetarian Diet Plan to Lose Weight

It’s summertime in the Philippines and since it’s still early, you can start preparing for your beach body by practicing strict diet and regular exercise. Following a vegetarian diet can support weight loss through the ingestion of whole grains, leafy green vegetables, nuts, and soy for protein. This chapter tells about more suggestions on how you can take advantage of being vegetarian—that is, only eating food that naturally grows from the Earth, or any plant-based food.

However, in addition, any vegetarian diet must be followed correctly. Otherwise, you would still run the risk of gaining weight. Be reminded to take off the carbohydrates load; don’t be tempted to eat more buckets of rice, bowls of pasta, slices of pizza and packs of chips. Backed up with researches, Wells endorses here that a vegetarian lifestyle is a surefire way to maintain a fit body.

3. How to Get Protein from a Vegetarian Diet

Ah, this is a hot topic. Actually, as a vegetarian myself, I often get questions from people related to the source of protein. Following this, arguments would spike in the conversation. Now I can probably just redirect them to this book. I’m not a nutritionist or dietician and I can’t advise about nutritional information, so I’m grateful that finally there are materials that offer great explanations on how vegetables are great sources of protein as well.

I have learned that most modern researchers say now that humans are not required to consume a lot of protein from meat and take dairy and soy products. Our bodies can already get all the amino acids (the building blocks of necessary protein) by taking vegetables, grains, beans and fruits. There are also no serious issues of being a fruitarian whose eating plan is more restricted than a vegetarian’s. It’s just that we can be healthier if we take Vitamin B12 supplements of which content is not found in vegetables.

4. Challenges Faced By Vegetarians

This book briefly entertains readers by answering the challenges posted to vegetarians. This is composed of a go-to guide to understand the “real deal” about becoming a vegetarian. Succinctly, information-packed chapter is an effective primer and a must-read for anyone contemplating a vegan diet.

5. How to Encourage People to be Vegetarians

The growing popularity of the vegetarian diet has parlayed into thousands of publications such as books, online forums, communities, social media, blogs, support groups and more. They aid to motivate individuals by telling the benefits of vegetarianism by doing seminars, camps, and other discussions free to the public. Still, it’s hard to encourage meat-eaters to become vegetarians. This chapter is made up of updated information that inspires readers to share the word.

Wrap Up

If you are now considering to go vegetarian but are not sure how to start, I recommend you to get this book from the Amazon store (in this link), as this complete reference guide deserves a spot in your Kindle library. 😀 This book encourages the idea that going vegetarian is doable. It’s best for those who are curious about the vegan lifestyle and those living with members of the family digging for optimal plant-based nutrition.

What are your thoughts on vegetarianism? Please share your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks for reading! 🙂

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40 Responses

  1. Franc Ramon

    Maybe I should read this book and not that I plan to go Vegetarian anytime soon but at least, it would encourage me ta add veggies in my diet.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hi Franc! As a runner and an athlete of many sports, you may ask whether or not a vegetarian diet can supply your body with the proper nutrition, protein and calories necessary to fuel training and racing goals. This book can help you answer that. Don’t worry! It’s not that it will force you to be a vegetarian. It will just make you understand better about diet so you don’t take the plunge with no knowledge whatsoever. 😀

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      • Franc Ramon

        I know some runners who are vegetarians and they are faster because they don’t accumulate much weight which makes them lighter on the run.

      • Rochkirstin Santos

        I see the truth in that, though claims can’t be proven as each body type is suited for to follow a particular diet and lifestyle. There’s just one example I can share: Scott Jurek, a vegan ultra-runner, explained why he turned vegetarian and then vegan. Surprisingly, reason was not for ethics or health… but to run faster. He ran the Minnesota Voyageur 50-mile race three times before he won. The only difference he identified on that third occasion was diet: eating more plants and less meat.

  2. theresa

    I’m not a vegetarian but this book is a good read even for my friends who don’t eat veggies at all. They might want to change their minds. 🙂

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  3. Sarah

    I don’t really consider myself a vegetarian. But I always, always prefer veggies over meat. But I think it’s a good read, especially if you want to encourage people to eat veggies. 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Haha. I can relate. Since childhood, we were always served with vegetables — with meat only as side dishes we don’t touch anyway. So if ever you want to turn yourself into a vegetarian, I advise that you have to believe in it. Else, it would just be for kicks and won’t stick for long. Eating veggies regularly is good enough though. 😀

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  4. lily

    Seems like a worthreading book. I am not vegetarian but I love vegetables. I just think that it would be hard (for me) to let go of meat when it’s what’s often served on our table. 🙂 haha.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Then all you got to do is find good healthy vegetarian recipes. 😛 Then when you are in the grocery store, purchase the required ingredients. You don’t need to buy hard copies of recipes as many can be found online. Try GoVeg.com and copy which ones you’d want to try.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yeah, actually while in public commute every day to work and home, I hear people conversing that they are trying to go vegetarian in some days of the week. So this might go to show that they are getting more concerned about their health and understanding the importance of eating more vegetables. 🙂

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  5. Gigi Beleno

    To be a vegetarian is something good and healthy but dunno if I can be one. With or without a book to follow, its essential to have self-displine.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      You can read this book and know about the blood type diet. It says there that if your blood type is A, you are more suitable to become a vegetarian. Study your diet by and by and see how your body reacts with pure vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, etc. with no meat. 🙂

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  6. Mai

    It’s always nice to know something new about a fellow blogger, and you being a vegetarian. Anyway, being vegan has never crossed my mind. I guess, it would be hard to turn into one considering the people in my circle who loves to eat meat. Then again, that was a good review of the book. Ü

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  7. earl pablo

    Being a vegetarian is a choice. This book is interesting for those who go for this regimen. I admire those people who live a vegetarian life. Amazon really offers almost everything.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      This book can be for you, Earl, if you want to somehow try. 🙂 But don’t go to a point when you’re depriving yourself, because you won’t last long.
      Just have fun and you’ll stick with it for much longer (for life, I hope). 🙂

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  8. Pa Ul

    Thank you for sharing this very helpful book in proper diet and nutrition. I might read or use this one, if I convert myself to being a vegan.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      You’re welcome. Before starting anything new (like converting yourself to be a vegetarian), it’s best to read as much as possible. Check out this book or read on good sites on the Internet. 😀

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  9. Pao Tolentino

    Like anything else, it’s better to start something with a guide. And while I may not consider going vegetarian yet, this book can be handy when the time comes 🙂 thanks for this post

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  10. Karen

    Oh, I’m planning to stick to a new diet. A coworker is a strict vegetarian and I saw how he succeeded with his goal. This read is a good start for me.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hi Karen! After reading the book, you may want to consult with a nutritionist to further confirm your new diet. The experts would tell you what your meals should consist of and other tips for putting together nourishing meals, as a starter. Eating a complete, healthy diet as a vegetarian is easy — but not if you replace chicken dinners with bagels and French fries every time. 😛

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  11. papaleng

    I am a not vegetarian but I am tempted to read the book. Very nice review of the book. Interesting ang mga info mo that needs further reading.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Thank you, Papa Leng. 😀 Preparing to go on a vegetarian diet and lifestyle indeed needs some courage, determination and knowledge. This book can help you climb that mountain of info.

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  12. Tess

    I eat everything on my plate and being a vegetarian is far from my plan though I love vegetables, but it really helps for some people to be on a vege diet. It is their choice just like others and that books looks interesting to read.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yeah some people claim they cannot survive without eating meat. I guess that’s already in their mindset and it’s hard to change. But for those who are decided to become vegetarians, this is a good read. 🙂

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  13. joy

    I don’t think that I would ever survive as a vegetarian :/ I just love meat too much 😀 So there are many kinds of vegetarians? That’s something new to me. I thought “vegan” is just the nickname of “vegetarian” 😛 Thanks 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Wahaha please don’t hate vegetables! If you dislike fruits and vegetables, you probably should not become a vegetarian. This should be self-explanatory, but remarkably, a lot of new vegetarians seem to forget these simple words of wisdom.

      Yes, there are types of vegetarians, namely: pescetarian, pollotarian, vegan, lacto-ovo vegetarian, flexitarian, etc. You can learn more about each of them when you read the book. 😛

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  14. levy

    I hope I can find one good book like this at BookSale. I want to learn more how to become a vegetarian.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      There’s a lot of similar books on vegetarianism. But if ever you found one that you like that is Kindle Edition just like this one, you don’t need to have a Kindle to access and read them. There are fee applications for reading kindle books for the Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, and Android. One such example is the Kindle App, a very handy tool you can use without laying out the cash for the Kindle device. 😉

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  15. Yamito Uytingco Calamba

    From those post on your blog ive read and commented on, i’ve come to think that the way to a healthy body is thru a healthy lifestyle. Which is why ive shared some of what ive read to my mum who’s also getting more health conscious. I should show this to her too so that she’d know what meal to prepare to keep us on track on being fully vegetarian. 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Diet is only one part of lifestyle so if you got one covered, then you’re mostly going onto the right track. Choose food that contains minimal amounts of unhealthy fats. Opt to eat organic vegetables. Exercise regularly. We know these stuff already but it takes determination and consistency to succeed and turn habits into lifelong lifestyle. 🙂

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