Healthy Eating, Healthy World Book Review
Did you have a chance to try out the easy chai tea latte I posted yesterday? It was quite chilly here yesterday (upper 50′s) – a stark difference from the 85 degree weather we had on Sunday – so I was craving a tall cup of latte in a bad way.
Today I want to do a short review on Healthy Eating, Healthy World by J. Morris Hicks (BenBella Books). I picked up this book quite some time ago, but I only recently had some time to actually read it. I can honestly say that I’m sorry I waited so long to give this book a read. From start to finish this book is compelling, honest, and enlightening.
Before writing this book, Hicks had been a business management consultant for many years. In 2002 he became interested in the optimal diet and the impact of our diets on the environment. He spent all of his free time researching as much as he could about plant-based diets and then in 2011 he published this compilation of facts, personal stories, and case studies.
Hicks packs this book with facts pulled from studies by the leading plant-based doctors and researchers in the field today. From T. Colin Campbell to John McDougall he pulls out all the stops when it comes to presenting the most significant data within plant-based diet research. He doesn’t spend the entire book talking about how what we eat affects our bodies though, he spends a large amount of the book citing environmental studies that show how detrimental our Western diet is to the Earth and its natural resources.
Even though he packs it full of facts and quotes, this book is anything but dense. Firstly, it’s a fairy short read at 240 pages and he edits down most of the medical and environment jargon found in the original studies so it’s also a quick read. Secondly, he gets straight to the point. He doesn’t spend a lot of time setting up the points he wants to make, he simply makes them and moves on to the next, which is something that helped keep me engaged.
Finally, Hicks was able to do something that I didn’t think was possible: he was able to present information that I’d already read in a way that made it seem fresh and new. I have read most of the studies that Hicks cites throughout the book, but he presented it in a way that was much more easily digested than their original works. If you have ever read The China Study and found it to be almost too dense to read cover to cover, then this book is for you. Hicks gives you much of the same information but puts it into layman’s terms and lends other context to help make the facts more accessible to any reader.
This would be the perfect book to give to friends or family who are interested in learning more about a plant-based diet (or ones you’d like to teach more about a plant-based diet to). Hicks comes off as a very down-to-earth, normal guy and I think that makes him an ideal person to help advance the vegan cause. Overall, this is a great read that you will get through quickly and I would recommend it for omnis and vegans alike, even if you’ve read a lot of the original source material already.
I have been doing some planning for VeganMoFo and I’ve got some exciting things brewing
in my evil lair. I’ll be announcing my theme sometime in the last week of September along with some other fun info!