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February Book Discussion: Vegan For Life

Join us for our February book discussion!  We'll be reading:

Vegan for Life: Everything You Need to Know to Be Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet by Jack Norris & Virginia Messina (Amazon, Good Reads)

About the Book:
"Are you considering going vegan, but you're not sure how to start? Are you already committed to an animal-free diet, but are unclear about how to get proper nutrients? Vegan for Life is your comprehensive, go-to guide for optimal plant-based nutrition. Registered dietitians and long-time vegans Jack Norris and Virginia Messina debunk some of the most persistent myths about vegan nutrition and provide essential information about getting enough calcium and protein, finding the best supplements, and understanding the "real deal" about soy.

Covering everything from a six-step transition plan to meeting calorie and nutrient needs during pregnancy and breastfeeding, Vegan for Life is the guide for aspiring and veteran vegans alike, complete with an easy-to-use food chart, tasty substitutions, sample menus, and expansive resources."

About the Authors:


"Virginia Messina, MPH, RD is a dietitian and public health nutritionist specializing in vegan nutrition. She has a degree in nutrition from Douglass College of Rutgers University and a master's degree in public health nutrition from the University of Michigan.

Ginny publishes widely on topics related to vegan diets for both health professionals and the public. She has worked as a dietitian for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), taught nutrition to dietetics students at the university level, and was the director of nutrition services for a group of medical clinics serving 50,000 patients in Washington, D.C.

She serves on scientific advisory boards to both vegetarian and professional nutrition organizations. Ginny has twice co-authored the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic's Position on Vegetarian Diets, and is co-author of a textbook on vegetarianism written for health professionals and nutrition students.

A long-time vegan herself, she seeks to share the best and most up-to-date information on vegan nutrition and to make ethical eating an easy and realistic option for everyone. She writes about a variety of issues related to health and animal rights on her blog www.TheVeganRD.com and at www.VeganForHer.com. She is also a regular contributor to www.OurHenHouse.org and www.OneGreenPlanet.org.

In addition to her work as a vegan dietitian, Ginny volunteers at the local animal shelter, serves as a board member of a local spay/neuter outreach organization and of the national advocacy group Alley Cat Rescue, and spends her leisure time feeding feral cats, reading, gardening, and learning piano." ~Amazon

You can also read about her on her blog:  http://www.theveganrd.com/


New to our Book Club?


For those of you new to the group, or looking for details on our bi-monthly book club, you can find our VCBC Guidelines under the

Book Club section here

.  Inside you will find all the info you need if you're looking to get involved.



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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great discussion. Very welcoming

    2 · February 10, 2014

  • Nancy

    As promised, here is the omega-3 supplement I started taking after hearing Ginny's talk:

    Deva brand Vegan DHA from algae. each capsule contains 200 mg of DHA and I get it on automatic shipment from Amazon.

    4 · February 9, 2014

    • Ceci G.

      Thanks, Nancy!

      February 9, 2014

  • Daniela

    I am new to this group, it was nice meeting you all!

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • mary a.

    Hi I wanted to attend and made other plans when I received no answer early Friday. I am volunteering at a Greenhouse Theater, down the road , may pop in at the end, if its possible, but don't want to take an interested persons space. Enjoy and stay green strong!

    February 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hope to join the next event! Have fun everyone!

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • Lynn

    Is there a good chance of getting in on Sundays book club? How many are ahead of me?? Thanks!!

    February 5, 2014

  • mary a.

    It seems like such a important topic book to discuss ,hope more people including me are able to attend this book club event. What is nine more people maybe a greater discussion.

    February 3, 2014

    • Mauricio

      Hi Mary Ann, thanks for your interest in our event. Unfortunately, due to limited space, we are unable to increase the RSVP limit for this event. We encourage everyone to be accurate with their RSVP so those who would like to attend are able to.

      February 4, 2014

  • Melissa

    Hope to come to the next discussion!

    1 · February 4, 2014

  • Kamawera

    Please, let me come...:))

    1 · February 2, 2014

  • Mauricio

    Don't forget to vote in our poll to choose April's book! You can find it here: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-chicago/polls/

    Or under the menu up top: More > Polls

    1 · January 15, 2014

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