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Vegan for Her: The Woman's Guide to Being Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet

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Can you meet your calcium needs if you’re only eating plant-based foods? Is a vegan pregnancy safe? What about the link between soy foods and breast cancer? How does a plant-based diet affect weight loss, aging, and fertility? In Vegan for Her, dietitian Virginia Messina tackles the issues most pertinent to women who follow or who are considering a vegan diet, and JL Field ...more
Paperback, 382 pages
Published July 9th 2013 by Da Capo Lifelong Books
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Lisa  (not getting friends updates) Vegan
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all vegan/vegan interested women & all who care about nutrition & enjoy some plant foods
5 stars and not a smidgen less. I’d give it more than 5 stars if I could. This book exceeded my high expectations. This is a must read book for vegan women, vegan interested women, and anyone who cares about plant based nutrition.

I will keep it in a convenient place for easy reference, and I intend to frequently refer to it.

This is a marvelous book, so engaging, so informative, so well organized, and it is fun to read. The two authors have written their own distinct sections, but reading this b
Mar 26, 2015 rated it liked it
A good read for women who are new to veganism. The author presents what appears to be a balanced view of nutrition in light of recent research. One remarkable feature is the discussion of research methods in the early chapters. This simple discussion clarifies why some studies are sound and why others are not - typically a good foundation for reading any book that espousing the benefits and weaknesses of particular nutritional approaches. While the recipes at the end are fine, they are by no mea ...more
This book is an excellent reference book for plant-based/vegan women. Part one is filled with clear, concise information on how to construct a healthy vegan diet. The first two chapters of part two create the basis to understand the rest of the information in the book. The remaining chapters in parts two and three cover dietary needs for specific situations.

The writing style is a little dry, but the information is well-presented and easy to understand. It is not a "diet" book and it never reads
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Having recently discovered a few health concerns, I thought it best to purchase a few solid nutrition books, and Vegan for Her by dietitian Virginia Messina was one of them. It provided precise and comprehensive recommendations for all women in our varied phases in life in a simple, to the point, easy to digest writing style. What I liked best what that Messina wasn't trying to "sell" veganism as the best, cure all diet, she was realistic in presenting the possible issues that may develop if not ...more
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Vegan for Her is thorough and accessible. It's unlike a lot of other "popular" books on veganism and food politics in that it's well-documented with citations throughout to back up Messina's claims. It makes a difference when you're able to trace arguments and claims back to studies and vetted research. I loved the break down of the chapters, the resource guide (with resources beyond food), and recipes. I also appreciate that Messian reiterates throughout the need to keep everything in perspecti ...more
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ginny Messina writes in a logical and well-researched way. Barely a sentence went by without citing a reputable scientific source, but at the same time, this book was not dry or difficult to take in. She is also refreshingly unbiased; she will not frame the case for veganism by attacking the choices of omnivores in attempt to strengthen the case for veganism (nor does she dwell on the horrible circumstances that millions of farmed animals endlessly endure). Rather, she presents clear cut evidenc ...more
Leigh Matthews
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A highly accessible and informative book, with a good measure of intelligence and sense sorely lacking in many others in the field. Great for vegans, aspiring vegans, and nonvegans alike, as well as for those who aren't women as there's plenty of general health info here and some great recipes in the last section of the book.

Read it, buy a copy for a friend, leave a copy on transit - pass on the astonishing news that, hey, veganism isn't impossibly difficult, can be healthy at all stages of lif
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a really informative book regarding nutrition for vegan ladies. It also dives a little into vegan living that doesn't involve food as well. Much of the information I kind of already knew as I am a health care professional and have been vegan for 4 years. I love to do nutrition research so much of the information wasn't new to me. However, I still found it fabulous and is an excellent read for anyone. I recommended it to my non-vegan girlfriends, one being a registered dietician whom I th ...more
Laura JC
Excellent and concise presentation of the vegan diet and lifestyle. Besides nutrition information and details on how to maintain good health, the authors talk about applying vegan principles to other consumer products. Especially helpful to me is the section called "When Being a Vegan is Stressful" - how not to despair when the world around us is not vegan.
I look forward to using the many recipes, which look tasty and easy.
Thanks to both authors.
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This guide was very informative - I wish it had been around when I went vegan three years ago, since it deals with many misconceptions and important issues that women going vegan should be aware of. I especially enjoyed her cautionary word on protein - so often we are questioned about the source of protein, so we become hyperaware of what we are eating. But too much protein is not a good thing either! Ginny made it all very clear and accesible
Marissa Rath
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I think this book is an amazing resource for women. Women have such special needs and a diet change can help so much! They have some amazing recipes in here as well. Ginny and JL are such strong vegan women and awesome role models. I highly recommend to anyone looking to get a grip on their health and future.
Andreas Michaelides
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing, it shows you step by step what you need to do to thrive on a plant based diet as a woman.
It proves that a plant based diet does work for women and is practical and sustainable.
Highly recommended to all women that want to have a healthier life and also a healthier life for their future kids or for the kids they already have.

Aug 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
I need photos with my recipes.
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health, nutrition
Useful information about women and vegan diets! Pretty useful book.
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it
A very dry read. Lots of pertinent information and data is presented in a very boring way. Still, I did find much of it interesting. The recipes at the back of the book are very basic, so good for a beginner or one that doesn't cook much. But I was not inspired to try a single one. This is a good resource book, but it will not go on my shelf. If I need the information I can always check this book out at the library at a future date. ...more
Apr 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing! It is so informative & definitely a must-read if you are a vegan woman that wants to know more about what you need to do to thrive on a plant-based diet. Even if you aren’t vegan, there is so much good information that every woman should know about how to have a healthy, balanced diet through all stages of life. I will definitely be holding on to this book for when I want to reference it.
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This 12-year vegan figured it was time for a refresher! 5 stars for the info, 3 stars for the recipes. If you are a new vegan and these recipes don't appeal to you, don't be put off! There are tons of other healthy vegan recipes and chefs, and you'll find others that fit your tastes. ...more
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed the positive, encouraging tone of the book and the practical advice for eating a balanced diet. I like how it broke down different meals and food categories. It is a good resource for meal planning and I hope to make some of the recipes as well.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Solid book with a lot of science backed plant based nutrition info.
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very helpful and informative!
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, food
reading books aimed at cis women is always a bit uncomfortable, but the book never has the "AS ALL WE WOMEN KNOW" vibe. And it's quite good! Meticulous about sourcing and impecabbly organized. ...more
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A good New Year's resolution - to be more conscious about how I eat what I eat. :) ...more
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cooking, nonfiction, adult
I eventually just skimmed through it.
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
beneficial. a good resource.
recipe part is not so much helpful for me personally.
good and inspiring message
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I always love being reminded about staying on track & what I need to be the healthiest. Great info specified to women about being plant-based.
Abigail Jane
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great informative book on eating a more balanced vegan diet. Could easily apply to other diets as well!
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health-wellness
Incredibly informative! I love how this book is research-based and cites all the sources. Not only is it informative, it is also practical and easy to follow. I will be keeping this one on my bookshelf for easy reference!
The majority of the book expounded on the health benefits of being becoming a female vegan, and covered medical conditions that can be avoided or damages lessened by maintaining a plant-filled diet. I learned the importance of magnesium and Vitamins B12 and D supplements for all women, but especially for vegans as these vitamins and minerals are important for a healthy body. Magnesium is especially important if you have a history of migraines, as I do. The back section of the book had vegan reci ...more
If you are looking for a resource to fast track your transition to a healthy, sustainable and proactive vegan and/or plant based diet, definitely pick this book up. Filled with plenty of simple, directed and easy to understand advice, it covers common health issues in women in depth. Also, I recommend to visit her blog and look into Jack Norris's blog too. Vegan Society can also be helpful! Good luck! ...more
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
A great resource for women with any interest in their health; vegan or not. This will definitely stay on my bookshelf and be picked back up from time to time, when certain chapters speak to me more ;) Recipes from JL look great and I loved her little chapter on taking veganism beyond the plate. Highly recommended.
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