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OMD: Swap One Meal a Day to Save the Planet and Your Health

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  132 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Environmental advocate, mom of five, and former actor, Suzy Amis Cameron presents a clear-eyed and accessible guide for you to improve your health and shrink your personal carbon footprint simply by swapping one meat- and dairy- based meal for a plant-based one every day.

The research is clear that a plant-based diet is the healthiest diet on earth. But what many people do
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by Atria Books
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Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Written at about a fifth grade level with a gee-whiz take on the science. I guess if you've never taken a science course, read an international news source, or been alive after 1995, then maybe this is all a big surprise? But probably not.

There's nothing wrong with the idea of one plant-based meal a day; I don't like to eat meat, but am allergic to nuts and almost all seeds, so one more recipe involving sunflower seeds and cashews isn't helpful. At all. Also, a book with decent ideas that's pre
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is a good idea for those in the beginning stages of wanting to eat a plant-based program in order to improve their health, shrink their waistline, and help save the planet. A little too basic for me, as I am quite knowledgeable already, but interesting reading nonetheless. There were some good recipes, but most of them seemed very basic and for the beginner crowd.
Sofia Lynd
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! Not only was it well-written (for someone with no literary background, Amis Cameron is a really great writer!) and entertaining, it was well-researched with medical and scientific facts anyone could understand!

Having already gone plant-based myself, and having watched the big documentaries (“Forks over knives” and “What the health”), this book was not as revolutionary to me as it might be to some other people. But it absolutely motivated me to stay on my path, and it was full
Sosanna Olson
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Cathy Squas
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Some good ideas but the recipes are really more vegan than whole food plant based. Too much oil and fake meats and cheeses. Probably best for people just starting out on this journey.
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it
The premise is good, that we can best help the environment by shifting to a plant based diet. I like the idea of shifting one meal a day to entirely plant based. I don't like the idea that we should all be vegan. Those who want to can, of course. But vegan diets must be supplemented as one cannot get everything one needs just from vegan food (B-12, for example). Her zeal to convert everyone to a vegan diet glosses over this. Also her reliance on vegan substitutes doesn't work for everyone, like ...more
May 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I looked over this book and decided not to pursue it in detail. While it's nice to be in favor of changing one's diet for the good of the earth and I believe that should be done, there are problems with the diet as proposed. The author includes processed food, no doubt to help reluctant meat eaters to ease into a plant-based lifestyle in order to help the environment. However, she also includes at least one recipe that contains blue-green algae, a "no-no" according to Dr. Greger on nutritionfact ...more
Amanda Ng
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book was simple and engaging. Plant base diets are better for every persons health and the planet. The core message is repeated throughout out the book. If this books doesn't get you to try more a plant base diet nothing will.

There a ton of recipe to help you get started as well as a list of foods to get your pantry started. It really takes all the thinking for you. But the only downside is its an American author meant for American readers so it might be a problem getting some of the things
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Some good motivation if you are having a hard time giving up meat. It reminded me that the reason there are no wolves in Utah & Idaho is because of cattle ranchers. This helped me give up meat for good. I want the wolves back so the rivers can return to their natural flow and I don't have to worry about hitting deer when I am driving and we don't have to spend millions of dollars on an animal footbridge over I 80! Just bring the wolves back and they will take care of everything! ...more
Joel Ackerman
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, life changing material! The biggest insights:
1. Nothing you can do will be more beneficial to our planet than eating less of animal products.
2. Eating less of animal products doesn't just help fight global warming but half a dozen other environmental crises.
3. Everyone can do it and make an impact. It doesn't take money (in fact it can save you money), expertise or time.
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Since I have been plant based for the past 7 months I was not reading this for the science or to be convinced to change my diet. What I appreciated was Suzy's honestly about how people reacted to her and her family going plant-based and how they responded. I also liked all the recipes and suggestions as to how to veganize everyday recipes. ...more
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Chapters 4 & 5 are where the “meat” of this book lies. The first few chapters are a lot of convincing you to do it and why. Chapter 6 also lends some knowledge. I wasn’t inspired much by the recipes they are mostly substituting in plant based meat substitute.
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Technically, I knew most of this (hence why I'm vegan), but for someone contemplating even reducing how many animal products you have in your diet, this walks you really well through the why and the how in an easy-to-understand format and writing style. Complete with recipes at the end. ...more
Brian Carrigan
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suzy states in this book that eating plant base food can cure cancer and other type of disease, that people can through away there pills, can cure heart disease. I am not sure of all her belief in this.
Eleonor McGarry
A great book to read if you are just starting on your plant based diet journey. One meal a day is easy to do...anyone can do this, right? It's easy. This book is well researched -- I actually read it by the pool while on vacation and enjoyed it a lot. ...more
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Has just a browse through this one. I'm big on eating less meat in an effort to use fewer natural resources (raising cattle takes huge amounts of water). I wanted to see how the author dealt with this topic ...more
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this informative, alarming, and ultimately inspiring book.
Shari   Gonzales
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well written and full of excellent information. It is a great basis for someone looking to start a plant based eating plan.
Jamie Gilman-Moss
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I suggest listening to her interview on Oprah Super Soul Sunday as an intro to the book.
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Never got time to read it from A to Z but stuffed with very interesting info and will certainly encourage the reader to change one or two things from their normal habit!
Caro Schuler
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Informative about the environmental and health impacts of consuming animal products with very basic scientific explanations. Contains good factoids about how one person's decisions can make an impact.

Recommend to anyone considering adopting a vegan diet.
Kelly Ennis
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have been vegetarian for nearly ten years with eating occasional fish. I loved the focus on how what we eat impacts our environment and this book caused me to move to a vegan/plant based diet. I also like the focus on how making a small change such as one meal a day can impact the environment and your health. A great way to help people make changes without becoming overwhelmed with the idea of being “all in”. I didn’t care for most of the recipes but there are plenty of other places to get rec ...more
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