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The Compassionate Diet

How What You Eat Can Change Your Life and Save the Planet

by (author) Arran Stephens & Eliot Jay Rosen

Rodale Books
Initial publish date
May 2011
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    May 2011
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What can we do to allay global warming, contend with world hunger, be healthier, and live longer? InThe Compassionate Diet, Nature’s Path founder and CEO Arran Stephens, who has been at the leading edge of the organic food movement for decades and a vegetarian his entire adult life, answers these complex questions in the simplest terms: Eat vegetarian.
A balanced and natural vegetarian diet is neither a fad nor a passing trend. It has been part of many cultures over untold millennia.The Compassionate Diet distills the history, philosophy, and core benefits of eschewing meat. 
A sense of compassion and humanity has animated Stephens’s life’s work, and it drives this book. The vegetarian lifestyle has innumerable benefits, but for Stephens, eating a plant-based diet is first and foremost an expression of compassion for animals, for ourselves, and for the planet. This elegant and completely approachable book is a beautiful guide that illustrates the rich gifts that compassion yields.

About the authors

Contributor Notes

Arran Stephens and his wife are the founders of Nature’s Path Organic Foods, North America’s largest organic breakfast foods company. He has received Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year and the Canadian Health Food Association’s Hall of Fame awards and has been named among Canada’s Best 100 Employers. He lives with his family in Vancouver. Eliot Jay Rosen is a clinical psychotherapist and health writer based in Hawaii. He is the author of theLos Angeles Times bestselling bookExperiencing the Soul.

Editorial Reviews

“If you want your life to be an expression of your heart’s purpose, if you want your daily actions to reflect your love for life, this book is for you. If you follow its tenets, you will be healthier and happier. Plus, you will be joining the ever-growing efforts of millions toward a spiritually fulfilling, socially just, and environmentally sustainable human presence on this planet.”—John Robbins, author ofDiet for a New America, The Food Revolution,and Healthy at 100 “Arran Stephens has long been at the forefront of the natural foods and vegetarian movements in North America.The Compassionate Diet persuasively advocates choosing a plant-centered diet rather than an animal-foods diet from a completely holistic perspective. I especially appreciate the book’s extensive coverage of the spiritual aspects of dietary choice, which most of the books and essays in the important conversation about industrial food systems and diet tend to ignore.”—John Mackey, cofounder and CEO, Whole Foods Markets, and a vegan “The Compassionate Diet is a blueprint to better health for body, mind, spirit, and the planet. It makes a compelling case for a simple life change through what we eat and how we can fulfill the heart’s innate desire for compassion. This is a book about personal and global transformation.”—H.H. Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj, author ofInner and Outer Peace through Meditationand Empowering Your Soul through Meditation