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Ketotarian: The (Mostly) Plant-Based Plan to Burn Fat, Boost Your Energy, Crush Your Cravings, and Calm Inflammation

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A new twist on keto: The fat-burning power of ketogenic eating meets the clean green benefits of a plant-centric plate

The keto craze is just getting warmed up. The ketogenic diet kick-starts your body's metabolism so it burns fat, instead of sugar, as its primary fuel. But most ketogenic plans are meat- and dairy-heavy, creating a host of other pr
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by Avery Publishing Group (first published 2018)
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Ron S
Jul 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Another health & nutrition book, with recipes, of the "finally, this will solve everything!" variety. About half the book details the supposed health benefits to get you to buy in, with the back half devoted to recipes. (I'd rather have less of a sales job and more recipes.) If you don't like avocados and coconut, you're probably not going to be crazy about this book. ...more
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nutrition
Let me start off by saying that the info is great, and very useful for the 'lay vegan/vegetarian' types. If you are still thinking that boiled chicken is the epitome of clean nutrition, this book will also be of great use for you.

The book covers lots of material on a very shallow basis, quickly skimming by stating that things are good without going in-depth. Vague statements along the lines of 'does your body good' while correct, are a bit of a miss for me. Had to pinpoint several new facts tha
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
The author writes a very readable intro on why becoming fat-adapted is good for your entire body before diving into a variety of recipes. I appreciate the emphasis on overall health rather than an emphasis on getting into ketosis via any means possible. Granted, if you picked up this book looking for “dirty” Keto recipes, the title alone should be enough to dissuade you.

You can definitely modify a lot of these recipes to be vegan if you’re looking for an entirely plant-based approach, and some
Sandra Evans
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
⚡️I was first introduced to Dr Will Cole on my favorite podcast, That’s So Retrograde. He’s so insightful that I was inspired to give this book a shot. Ended up a great reference on how to conquer health issues and reevaluate your relationship with food. I enjoyed learning more about my body, as well as the food and supplements that can help it perform better. I recently began the Keto Diet. Still not sure I’ll switch to Keto-Tarian, but I will incorporate some of his suggestions as to which mea ...more
Caitlin Dickerboom
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I was very excited to receive this book but it did let me down a bit. The first 100+ is information about the diet and benefits, then the end is simple recipes with a rare photo. Feel like the hype mislead me into thinking this would be THE BOOK for vegan/veg keto recipes. Nonetheless, a few things look tasty and I will keep in my collection.
Kiki Z
Jan 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: cookbooks
I really want to write a scathing takedown of this book but I’m not educated enough on the topic to really do it, so this will have to be more like a list of things that bothered me about this book.

First off, the “I’m a doctor, trust me” is so damn sketchy. I’ve met plenty of doctors who don’t know what they’re doing. Hell, I broke my arm this past May, and every piece of information the ER doctor told me was totally wrong. I’ve seen a lot of dumb doctors. In fact, one of the only things I agree
Apr 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book.
In the upside, it’s written in a down to earth manner and includes a lot of useful information. I also liked the layout. And there were practical tips and recipes.
On the downside, I discovered that the author is a former vegan. If he was a former plant based eater then I would feel less wary. But it looks like he was a vegan for ethical reasons. I found his inclusion of how a former vegetarian justifies her change in eating habits and ethics a pure cop out.
Caitlin McManus
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My doctor recommended this book, and I’m SO happy he did. It opened my eyes to inflammation issues in the body, from anxiety/depression to chronic gut problems, and I learned how to individualize my plate and begin a journey on what works for me to achieve “not just good, but optimal” health. What I appreciate is that it’s not repping the trendy keto diet (filled with meat and dairy and processed diet foods just to lose weight) but a lifestyle that is full of veggies and whole-foods. Using the m ...more
Decided to give this a listen because I have a friend (heyyy girl) doing the keto diet right now, and I wanted to understand it more. Let it be noted, the author’s take on it is a little different than the standard keto diet (noooo don’t take away the cheese!!).

Will I personally do the keto diet? Nah, I’m not that hardcore. But there were plenty of good takeaways on overall health and wellness, the dangers of the pesticides/toxins in the foods we eat, and facts about herbs/oils/cooking preparati
Jacqueline Wheeler
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. I actually have read it twice this year and have learned so much each time I read it. I am a huge lover of keto, but I also believe alot of people do it in an unhealthy way. This book has you eat tons of veggies, whole foods, healthy fats, and the recipes are simple and super tasty! Highly recommend to anyone doing keto, or any plant based eaters.
Linda Hopf
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Good info on the science behind this diet trend. Makes sense. Love that it has a plant-based focus. Allows fish/seafood as protein - no dairy though. Some good recipes.
Rikard Gehlin
Sep 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, nutrition
The first half of the book is dedicated to describing keto and vegetarian diets which is fine by me, appreciating facts and figures, found the book kinda shallow because the author uses stories and anecdotes as the primary weapon. It's probably nice if you're new to the diet and/or not used to technical explanations.

I found the author coming off a bit preachy and relying a lot on "trust me, I'm a doctor". That kind of thing doesn't really fly with me, so that was a bit off putting. Please people
Hazel Bright
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is pretty much my diet. Glad I'm doing things right.
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
So I don't ever plan to eat fully keto. BUT, I do have Type II diabetes, and I have been struggling to find main-dish recipes that are heavy on the vegetables, that sound tasty, and that aren't afraid of some damn fat. Because I believe good fats are super essential. I super enjoyed the information at the front of the book, and the author's ideas about health, including this one simple line that brought me to a full stop: "You can't heal a body you hate."

Anyway, this book has a lot of recipes th
Karen Hartshorn
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
so I have been trying to stay on the keto diet for a year . I have my ups and downs but having choices makes it easier. I have nothing against eating meat / dairy but I do like having vegan / vegitarian choices too--- so this just adds another dimension to the keto lifestyle. For that it is wonderful.
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
I didn't finish this so I suppose I shouldn't count it as read, but I spent a lot of time trying to get through it so I'm giving myself credit. The author spends a lot of time talking about how preachy he was when vegan then goes on to be preachy about this diet. He turned me off and relies on seafood too much to have a name like ketotarian. Not for me.
Lisa McKenzie
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Last night at bedtime I read a recommendation this book from a fan of my blog, I'd posted about the possibility of participating in a new NIH study of the effects of diet on multiple sclerosis.
Because I like this reader's taste, I immediately downloaded the book on my Kindle. I found the first pages so compelling that I read straight through to the recipe section. No regrets. Who cares if you are up half the night and must sleep in 'til 9? I'll give myself a pass; we're in Covid-1
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought it was a great book. While I am all on board as a practitioner and self-professed "patient" as to the benefits of Keto food regimen and lifestyle, I am definitely not a meat eater and would be cautious to recommend unbridled meat consumption to patients who will derive their sources of meat from conventional mass-farmed animals. Besides, not everyone who feels undernourished to conventional vegan and vegetarian diets is nevertheless ready to make the transition to complete avoidance of ...more
Bruin Mccon
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-ebook
I wanted to read this book for the recipes which by the time I got to them were totally useless for me. I was all over the fat bomb recipes but the smoothie recipes and most others didn’t work with my tastes or food allergies. C’est la vie.

That said I got a lot out of the rest of the book. I have started putting hemp seed hearts on everything and can’t fathom how I managed to do keto for six months (few years ago) without ever tasting its magnificence. I add it to high fat yogurt now and every s
Oct 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: z-read-in-2019
I was excited about this one as I am on keto but don't absolutely love meat. It's a perfectly fine book about keto that has a decent amount of references too, but it turns out it's not the right style for me. If you are looking at keto as a way to reduce inflammation, this one is for you. My main focus is glycemic control, followed by weight loss, and this book didn't quite fit with my pattern. It's a non-dairy keto book (didn't realize that from the title) which meant there were more substituti ...more
A.C. Paige
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I have a mix of feelings and opinions about this book. I felt the author could be a bit preachy at times, but gave a lot of valuable insight in nutrition and health. At times I felt like my sister was talking to me using words like “grace.” There was definitely a level of touchy-feeliness to it. Also, there were some levels of contradictory between author and things I’ve read about nutrition in the past (especially going under 1300 calories with fasting). Because he is a doctor though, I give hi ...more
David Stewart
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm not sure how to review this book exactly. I am going to try the methods layed out within and then perhaps my rating would change. It's accessible, well-written enough (though a bit...hokey at times), and the information seems solid enough though I am too lazy to check any of the sources. Much of what Cole talks about aligns with other sources I've read anyway, so I don't have any reason to doubt the science without trying the method. I have already been Intermittent Fasting for a couple mont ...more
Jun 16, 2020 added it
I am NOT into "dieting" or diet culture but I am interested in learning how to eat to make my body feel and run as good as possible (ie, avoid flare ups, have energy, avoid muscle aches, allergic reactions, etc etc.)

So I find that my body likes a lot of vegetables if they are COOKED but not raw...nutrient-dense meat but not a ton of it...some good healthy fat...and a most variety of other stuff/starches, fruits, nuts, etc.

This book had some good pointers for me, like which fruits and veg are gen
May 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
In general a good book with a fresher spin on following a Keto lifestyle. The author also discusses pescatarian and occasional meat for those who want to be more flexible with their eating plans. If you are looking for a very specific book with lots of information and science you might feel a little disappointed. There is a good amount of information, but when a doctor writes a book I think readers expect a very detailed book with more data backed statistics. I personally was hoping to hear more ...more
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book and discovering the health benefits of a low carb, high fat diet. I had been looking for a book like this that has keto recipes that aren’t so heavily meat-based, and this fulfilled that requirement! Sources are cited for follow up research and many of the physiological concepts are detailed in a way that is easy to understand.
This book’s recipes are not for you if you don’t like coconut (oil, milk, cream, etc), avocado, mushrooms, or ghee, because those are primary
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Unless you are a vegetarian and you eat eggs and dairy; going keto is very, very, very difficult to pull off. But that does not stop people from tweaking the lingo to make us think they've figured this keto thing out for vegans/non-dairy eating vegetarians. If you are one of those rare vegans who is overweight - try reducing to elimination the high carbs items in your diet - that includes all that crap made especially for vegans that substitutes all kinds of artificial ingredients. Try that for ...more
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love reading diet books. Don’t ask me why?!

This is a concept that I’ve always been intrigued by-a mostly plant based Keto diet with the occasional egg and fresh fish thrown in the mix...unlike a Pegan(Paleo Vegan) diet, this seems to offer a bit more flexibility in what you can eat.

The premise is simple-eat mostly plants for protein and fats (avocado/olives/seeds for fats), some eggs and fish, keep carbs lower than 55 grams per day, limit or eliminate alcohol, eliminate processed foods....tha
Serena Silber
Jun 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
Couldn't finish it. The sales pitch and reference to quackery turned me WAY off. It came across as someone pitching MMS, or Jilly Juice. Fear mongering about medical professionals was also a huge turn off. Professionals lift each other up, they don't talk trash and pronounce themselves as the sole savior of the people.

People aren't picking up the book for the sales pitch, they're picking it up for practical advice on maintaining ketosis while eating a plant-based diet. I guess I'll be looking el
Sierra Gemma
Jul 07, 2020 rated it liked it
I really liked the science of the book, but the recipes were a huge disappointment. He discussed the problems with nightshades and peppers and mentioned avoiding them, and then there were quite a few recipes with nightshades, peppers, and paprika. I'm allergic to cashews and I don't like olives. So between the nightshades, peppers, cashews, and olives, there were only a few recipes that looked appealing to me. Borrow this book from the library or a friend, read the chapters on the science of it, ...more
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health
Lots of good information and easy to see how to implement this diet. I’m tracking my carbs and cutting back now so I can try this without getting a Keto flu. I thought the supplement information was especially helpful. I gave 4 stars instead of 5 as the recipes aren’t the best. I can make my own meal plans and have other recipes to follow but I was disappointed to see so many fish and egg recipes and nothing with tempeh or nuts (like nut cheese).
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