“The aim of From Meat to Plants is to offer an informative and educational resourcefor those people wishing to explore a more conscious way of eating, it’s not necessarily about creating 7 billion vegans overnight (although that would be nice), it’s about saying to people how about reducing the amount of meat, fish, eggs and dairy that you eat each week.”
From Meat To Plants is a book that has been written on personal experience, extensive research and the sincere desire to improve the reader’s health and wellbeing.
Adam Stansbury takes us through his journey from meat-eating fitness model to plant-powered personal trainer. He talks about how his injuries and health issues (including undergoing surgery that left him with a colostomy bag) provoked him to look at and reevaluate his meat-heavy diet.
“I suddenly realised that I was a prisoner of my protein habit, incarcerated by my belief system that had been forged over 17 years of working out, reading magazines and books on fitness and bodybuilding, that made me shudder at the thought of missing the opportunity to have animal protein in a meal.”
With thorough research he debunks all the myths that surround plant-based diets such as protein and nutrient deficiencies and has pretty much done ALL the work into helping you find substitutes for meat and dairy products. As well as the practical advice he also looks at the ethical and environmental benefits to cutting down on your meat and dairy intake.
He advises that any changes you make to your diet should be done gradually, and if you’re a meat-eater now then in 7 weeks you could be fully plant-based. That’s just under two months going from meat to plants. Menus, recipes and their nutritional info have all been provided – there’s really very little work for you to do for this!
If you’re concerned or put off by the so-called ‘inconvenience’ of going vegan, each chapter has you covered from ‘Letting go of dairy’ to ‘Kitchen essentials’ – there’s almost no excuse to not be prepared to go vegan! Adam even recommends documentaries that will question human ethics (or lack of) and how some of the cons of living a plant-based diet means that you’re more aware of the suffering that takes place just for people to eat meat and animal products.
As someone who transitioned from vegetarian to vegan just in January, I didn’t need to read the book to be convinced it was a good idea (though it never harms to get reassurance when you’re dreaming about poached eggs…). The dietary advice and extensive knowledge of nutritional information on plants is a godsend and a great handbook for when I’m preparing my shopping list. It can be easily used as a go-to reference for what to eat for a balanced, plant-based diet and I’ve been exposed to foods that I hadn’t included in my diet before.
I want to shove this in the faces of my meat-loving, protein-obsessed friends who have been blindsided in exactly the same way Adam once was. I don’t want to turn them vegan I just want them to recognise their naivety and the fact they’ve been misinformed about plant-based diets. I also wish they would acknowledge the truth about the meat and animal farming industry and not fail to ignore it.
I’d recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve their health and wellbeing through their diet. This book gives a comprehensible guide to going from meat to plants and everything in between.
“The more we can educate people to realise that the term Protein doesn’t just equal Meat, just like Carbohydrates doesn’t mean pizza and doughnuts, we will start to lift the veil of ignorance that is determining people’s choices.”
You can buy From Meat To Plants (e-book) here for £19.99