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Kale and Coffee: A Renegade’s Guide to Health, Happiness, and Longevity

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  223 ratings  ·  30 reviews
     “Four years ago, when I was something of a YouTube health celebrity, I was on top of the world [and] . . . the diet pyramid. I ate the cleanest, most nutritious diet on the planet (or so I thought). A raw-food vegan diet . . .  not only pure in its contents but also pure in its intention. With this type of diet, you eat straight from the earth, only as nature intended ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published July 21st 2015 by Hay House, Inc. (first published July 1st 2015)
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Paula Vince
Which diet and lifestyle will help us thrive? To me, it's like a jungle out there. There is so much conflicting information in the media. Not only are self-proclaimed experts always contradicting each other, but staple diets from the past are being given the old heave-ho. What are we supposed to do?

Kevin Gianni is a health blogger who made it his mission to ferret out the real deal on health and nutrition. His goal, as he states, was to 'find the people at the top of the misinformation chain and
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Things I learned: extremes are unhealthy, no matter which end of the dietary or exercise spectrum you try. Genetics are a key factor in longevity, as is an active mind and body. Some people have far more endurance for suffering than I do. Be wary of self-proclaimed experts. The author's long suffering wife deserves her own special trophy as she appears to be married to a neurotic basket case. By the end of the book, I was glad to leave him.
Rebekah Theilen
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A quick and entertaining read about the author’s thoughts and experiences with his healthy living experiments. Some things worked. Some things didn’t. This isn’t a book of arguments and facts for any particular diet but you will probably enjoy it more coming in with a basic knowledge of recent diet and exercise trends. For him, “Everything in moderation” meant having to replace bad habits with good ones and giving up the foods that didn’t agree with him. Other than that, he is an advocate for no ...more
Patti's Book Nook
I quite enjoy this title. I'm working on loving kale, and already adore coffee. Continuing my health knowledge quest, this was an entertaining, anecdotal account of the author's roller coaster weight loss and gain- with the main goal to achieve a sustainably fit mind and body. A nice departure from the more clinical, research-focused books (although this does contain some research), I liked the practical applications of his tips. Gianni's style also reminded me a little of AJ Jacobs, the author ...more
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
This book started out great - I really like the way he approaches life with balance. What's healthy for one person might not be for another, depending on the person's lifestyle and genes. The same with exercise. There are some good nuggets of information in it, but overall, I found it lacking substance - and many of the websites and resources included are out of date, which is odd to me since the book is only a couple of years old.

It's a good read - and I learned a bit from it - but it's not my
Zee Monodee
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you want a book that debunks most - if not all - of the diets/fads/'advice' out there, then read this one. The author goes into full-on research - and it is personal research, as in, he went looking for the answer himself (rather than citing such and such study or whatever). This is information a fellow human being went looking for and compiled, and it is presented in a way a fellow human being can understand without needing 2-3 Phd degrees under the belt.
Hannah Kumlin
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this author's writing style and, as someone exploring dietary health myself, I learned a great deal about the pros and cons of certain diets. Would definitely recommend to someone looking to learn more about health - this book was fun to read and discusses health from an approachable and relatable perspective.
Jacquelyn Core
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not brilliantly written but makes a lot of points we have been making for a long time.
AnneMarie Swanlek
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story... I had been a customer of their organic skincare line and was interested in the cofounder. Really liked that he struggled and tried different paths towards healthy living.
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Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it

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Kale and Coffee is a very engaging personal memoir and diet book detailing the author's journey into healthier living. From vegan diets to 7 day water fasts, climbing the Andes to discover indigenous diets to studying nearly every health/diet/fitness finding in the past 10 years, Gianni is a bulldog with a very big bone to grind. He shares his mistakes and gives thoughts/recommendations based upon his experiences.

The bo
Mar 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
not that great; nothing really that I didn't already know
Janis Hill
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Hay House for supplying me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an open and honest review.

This has to be one of THE BEST books I’ve read in a while for anyone trying to suss the whole healthy, food, life, longevity questions thrown at us by modern living.

Thoroughly enjoyable and interesting read. Yes there were some parts I didn’t fully agree with, but there were parts I did fully agree with too. And one of the biggest things I took from ‘Kale and Coffee’ is that the re
Chris Torretta
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a delightful read! Although the author has done some things that I cannot see myself doing on a normal basis, like going to the doctor to get blood testing done each month, he does bring eating down to earth.

He starts off and he explains that he was a vegan. He even was on a fruit diet for a time! These diets, as many others that I hear about, seem obsessive. Because they are! But the author is able to see that he is harming himself and he is able to take action. Funnily, he takes action li
Christine Zibas
Jan 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Author Kevin Gianni has been a YouTube sensation in the area of health, branding himself and his approach "renegade." Interestingly enough, what he was using -- and recommending to others -- was the raw food diet. In fact, this left Gianni health-deprived, as we learn at the beginning of his latest book, "Kale and Coffee."

Kudos to Gianni for admitting as much and being willing to try some alternatives, and to search out new ways of being healthier. However, and despite his honesty, it does give
May 12, 2015 rated it liked it
As a matter of fact, the part I liked more about this book is the beginning and the author's complying about being Vegan and feeling very bad. As I have a Master in Eating Disorders I study a lot about eating, all this vegan/fructarian stuff made me cry, because this is just a form of orthorexy, which is just another eating disorders. So I appreciate the author coming out of the closet and describing his going back to a "normal" type of eating, with alcohol, coffee and sugar, all in moderation o ...more
Alex Linschoten
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Feb 08, 2016 added it
I picked this book up at the library in the "new" nonfiction section and it was a great read. The author used to be a vegan but found a much better way to approach heathy eating and wellness. (This was to be balanced and eat in moderation and even drink wine and coffee.) He chronicles some of his two and a half year journey in his RV, called "the Kale Whale." His honest, straight toward and sometimes humorous narratives include why we should or should not eat some meat, the value of exercise, wh ...more
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Kevin Gianni does a great job reviewing all the health information out there from his perspective - which is very balanced and reasonable. He does an excellent job citing all his sources, and as a scientist, I was thrilled to see how rigorous he was and the quality of his references. Plenty of PubMed articles and primary literature citations. Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in personal health. It's a great introduction to all the heavy-hitting ...more
Snazzie Lama
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
A down to earth approach to health with a focus on longevity, whilst trying to have a balanced approach to health without being an extremist and still being able to enjoy food and life. A personal perspective based on experiences that can help a reader to discern useful strategies that work for them. Rather than basing their decisions solely on health gurus advice. Good book and would advise for anyone who is just straight up confused with all the health informations out there today. Feel into y ...more
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is an interesting memoir of the author's journey of dieting and his quest for the world's healthiest diet. He shares his experiences with veganism, salt mining, water fasting, tapping and more. The book ends with a 21 day jump start diet plan that the author recommends. The author concludes that there is not any one best diet plan for everyone, but gives his recommendations for the things that he thinks are best. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Research, Writing & Advice

I selected this health book on a whim. The title and description were enticing enough to get me to purchase it and it did not disappoint. It was, in fact, a refreshing twist on a health book. It is written as a sort of memoir and you can't help but like the author. If you're looking for "a little pick-me-up" in the health department, this is a highly enjoyable read.
Sep 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I can't say there was any earth shattering health revelation in this book. It was somewhat interesting, but overall I found the book bland. It was basically a common sense reiteration of the health factoids I've been bombarded with via the internet, blogs and podcasts. I think I need to take a break from the health and wellness sphere!
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
I took me a long time to finish this book. It has some good information but I had trouble staying focused on it. I got the book for free and I am always interested in my health so I slowly read it as I could. I didn't get a ton of health knowledge that I didn't already know. Happily moving onto books that are not health related.
Christin Marie
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Again, a great read. Learned so much in terms I understand. Can't wait to try the 21day jumpstart!
Roslyn Van Patter
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Couldn't finish, so dry.
Denise Bowman
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kevin does a great job in helping others find their path to healing. His stories are funny and to the point. I like his style.
Ayoe Buhl
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Thanks for the tools.

Great book. Thanks for the tools. Looking forward to trying it out. Will definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in their own health.
Sue Dolamore
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you have been struggling to find the right regime for a healthy life, this book will reassure you that you are not alone. It's a bit of a puzzle to get it right. I appreciated Kevin's honesty about his journey. It was also helpful to consider practitioners of functional medicine and I went on to do more research on this branch of alternative medicine and saw a practitioner. I got most the blood tests recommended in the book and it has been helpful to me in figuring out what I need. I am still ...more
Jamie Holloway
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book.
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Easier read than done. Great read though!
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