I encourage you to let this book gently lift your awareness, and you will begin to make the changes that work for you. Th ere are plenty of little choices you can make—choices that will make huge impacts—without getting all uptight and thinking you have to be perfect.

Based on these stages I went through, I have designed three different approaches to the Kind Diet—each one for a different level of readiness—and you can choose according to what feels right to you. The first plan is called Flirting, and it's simply sticking your toe in the pool of the Kind Diet. The second plan is Vegan; it's for experienced Flirts and those of you who, after reading this book, want to commit to a plant based diet. The third plan, Superhero, emphasizes whole grains, organic vegetables, and sea vegetables and will make you levitate.(Well, almost.)

So as you read, keep in mind that these different levels exist; that no matter where you're coming from, there's plenty of room for you on this path. Whether it takes you 2 weeks or 10 years to make my delicious rice crispy treats matters not a jot. It's your path, based on what you think and feel while reading this book. You will know what's right for you.

But before you choose your path, let's dine on some information. It's only by digesting and absorbing pertinent facts that you can make an informed choice. In the following chapters, we look closely at specific foods and the very real impact they have on our bodies and our world.

Bon appétit!

More on Alicia's journey to a vegan lifestyle
The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone. Published by Rodale Books. © 2009


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