Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Book Nook: Forks Over Knives Family

I recently had a chance to review  Forks Over Knives Family, written by the New York Times bestselling authors of The Forks Over Knives Plan. Five years ago, Alona Pulde, MD, and Matthew Lederman, MD, were involved in a documentary detailing the science behind a plant-based diet, improving our health and preventing or reversing disease by taking out meat, dairy, and highly refined foods.

Now, those two doctors are making the Forks Over Knives Plan accessible to families. This book briefly lays out the evidence that was in the film - why too much of certain ingredients can harm our body, and why it's better to minimize or restrict them. But for many families, it can be hard to imagine drastically altering the way you eat. So, this book focuses on families, with tips on social gatherings, traveling, transitioning kids, kid-friendly foods, overcoming obstacles, and more.

The nice thing is this book doesn't have to be all-or-nothing, necessarily. Obviously the authors are biased towards taking out all refined foods, but many of their tips can be implemented even by a part-time forks over knives family (like us). I'm not giving up all meat and dairy, or all of my sweets, but I've already started being a lot more conscious about what we eat, and this book provides even more options for us.

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