For many years, Susan Schecnk was a living, breathing, and walking epitome of a vegan at its finest. She was so convinced about her beliefs regarding this particular kind of diet that she wrote “The Live Food Factor,” which is considered by many as “the” authority when it comes to the vegan diet. While vegan diet was supposed to make her as dynamic and healthy as possible, her medical tests revealed otherwise.
Schenck’s Beyond Broccoli book is an extensive study, including some background history of man’s eating habits and diet, about the man’s need for nutrients that can only be gleaned from animal products. She contends that as unbelievably good and beneficial vegan eating is, there are still aspects of the diet that do not address her health related needs. Her deteriorating health was proof enough of that.
The book is primarily an effort to explain to dieters the potential pitfalls of a vegan or vegetarian diet and the sensible ways of regaining back one’s health. It goes to feature the stark difference in her health when she was a vegan and when she started eating animal products daily. For the really strict vegans like herself before, she also offers a way out so as not to compromise their convictions. Instead of eating animal products, they can rely on supplements for the essential nutrients a vegan diet cannot provide.
Foods to Include in the Beyond Broccoli Diet
Fresh vegetables, organic eggs, wild salmon, apples, grapefruit, bananas, mangoes, berries, avocado, apricots, grass-fed beef, buffalo, lettuce, tomato, carrots, asparagus, kale, parsley, almonds, stevia, mackerel, and others.
Sample Meal Plan
Hard-boiled egg with grapefruit
Roasted wild salmon with lettuce and arugula
Avocado and corn salad
Tofu pumpkin pie
The book does not explain whether exercise should be a part of the Beyond Broccoli Diet.
- Very logical explanations based on the author’s experienced and backed by scientific research.
- The book also offers alternatives to vegans who do not want to compromise.
- Detailed presentation of possible deficiencies of purely plant based diets.
- There is no meal plan or recipes provided.
- The diet addresses possible vegan deficiencies without being a stand-alone diet.
- Will possibly not sway the most ardent vegetarians or vegans.
- No exercise recommended or even mentioned.
- The supplements and other fish products can be costly.
The book is heavy on the words “potential” and “possible” deficiencies. As such, the verdict is still out on this one. At the very least, this has the makings of a diet that has better appeal to most people as it applies the best of vegan eating while incorporating selected animal products in the diet plan.