Women with compassion.
Women who love animals.
Women who respect their bodies and cherish their health and wellbeing.
Women who are pioneering and blazing a trail to create a kinder, sustainable and just world for all.
Meet Plant-Powered Women.
In Plant-Powered Women, you will connect with women from across the globe who are thriving on a plant-powered (vegan) diet and lifestyle. Be inspired by their powerful, encouraging and supportive words and their depth of experience living a healthy and compassionate life. Their strength will become your strength. These women are your mentors for embarking on a new path that goes way beyond food choices. They will take you on unforgettable journeys with them and leave you ready and equipped to go forth and experience a new way of seeing and being in the world.
Introducing the Plant-Powered Women!
Chapter 1: Plant-Powered Health Professionals
Dr Nandita Shah
“Carnivores kill their prey and eat it and then don’t eat for a long time. Herbivores eat several meals a day. We are anatomically and physiologically herbivores and we eat several times a day. What would happen to someone who eats as often as an herbivore but the food of a carnivore? It’s no wonder we have so many diseases! And we human beings systematically make our foods less nutritious before eating it by peeling, refining and processing. But if we were to live and eat just the way nature had designed for us, we could enjoy much better health.” (pg 4)
Connect with Dr Nandita: http://sharan-india.org
Dr Tracie O’Keefe
“For those women who are reconsidering their life choices and thinking of becoming vegans: listen to the vegan women who live healthy and wonderful lives. Ignore the ‘naysayers’ who will tell you that you will become ill because you do not eat the dead carcass of some poor, unfortunate creature. Look towards those strong women who will guide you with love and clarity to a space of powerful vegan enlightenment.” (pg 16)
Connect with Tracie: www.tracieokeefe.com
Chapter 2: The Foodie and the Chef
“Do we need to be a professional chef like you to create delicious vegan meals? Absolutely not. Classical, formal chef training may mean your knife skills are more refined or that you have more flair for presentation, but cooking is about passion. If you have passion you can learn how to cook. I explain to people all the time that in my 10 years of training and cooking professionally, I was not exposed to any training in vegan cooking. All I had when I changed my diet a few years ago was a desire to learn how to veganise all the dishes I previously enjoyed. If you can hold a knife, read a recipe, boil a kettle and want to learn, you can cook delicious meals too. Never forget that we “eat” with our eyes though. The tiniest thought about presentation can sell a meal way before anyone has even tasted it.” (pg 28)
Connect with Mel: www.thekindcook.com
“I was empowered to take responsibility for my life and how I affected others. You can choose to be a vegan and live in a negative state of mind hating others who aren’t vegan and blame them or you can take responsibility for your state of mind, choose a different perspective and inspire others through love and compassion rather than hate and anger. Choose love not fear.” (pg 33)
Connect with Sara: www.lettucelove.net
Chapter 3: Doing it for the Animals
“Everyone can play a part in helping to speak up for animals; the main one is to eliminate all animal products from your life and I promise you’ll feel the difference in so many forms. There is nothing hard about being vegan; it’s a lifestyle change for the better.” (pp 38-39)
“While campaigning as a Senate candidate for the Animal Justice Party in 2013, I found that the vast majority of people are open to improvements for animals. They do not support live export and they do not support puppy factories. Almost everyone I spoke to agreed that somewhere along the way, animals get a raw deal.” (pg 42)
Christina Louise Dicker
“The Rural Vegans project is one that is close to my heart because my own journey has taken me from animal abuser to animal protector. I regularly remind myself that before I started my journey to veganism, I was fully complicit in animal cruelty, even having been at one stage of my life, (in my late teens), a rodeo rider and a rabbit shooter. I know there are other country people out there whose involvement in animal exploitation is going against their gut feelings of right and wrong, and perhaps they would be comforted to know they are not alone in their moral dilemmas. Many others have been there before them!” (pp 47-48)
Connect with Christina Louise: www.ruralvegans.info
“Where most people just thought of love and “training” in relation to animals, my gift took me deep into an animal’s heart and soul. I learned that animals are truly our brothers and sisters, and to harm them as we do, hurts us deeply on every level.” (pg 53) Connect with Billie: www.billiedean.com
Siaw-Yean (Sy) Woon
“One of my greatest regrets about becoming vegan, is that I hadn’t become one sooner. I wish I’d known sooner, learned sooner, and I wish I could take back every molecule of animal product I ever consumed or purchased, and thus reverse every second of suffering that I had indirectly subjected an unknown, unloved animal.” (pg 61)
Connect with Sy: www.sentient.org.au
Chapter 4: Plant-Powered Athletes
“I’ve read that you’re a cancer survivor. Did the vegan diet assist you in your recovery and did you eat any special foods to recover?
Definitely, yes, when I got the diagnosis, I changed my diet from being vegetarian/vegan to being 100 per cent raw vegan. I also did a lot of juicing in the beginning. So, I was still getting lots of nutrients at once to help my body make changes, rejuvenate and start the healing process. There were specific vegetables that were particularly good. My diagnosis was breast cancer, so all the cruciferous vegetables in particular, like cabbages, broccoli and brussels sprouts and those sort of vegetables have an oestrogen blocker, so are good for those diagnosed with breast cancer.”(pp 68-69)
Connect with Janette: www.runningrawaroundaustralia.com
“I have been so inspired and motivated by how great and strong I feel that I started to look into eating less cooked foods, and now I have become a raw vegan. The transition was slightly tough as I had to learn new habits of preparing foods, but once I got that down, it was super easy. Instead of cooking, I sprout my foods. I sprout lentils, beans, seeds, grains, and anything that will grow new life. My favorite foods are salads from sprouted legumes, alfalfa, mixed with some shredded root vegetables, tossed with some green leafy vegetables and avocado, spiked with a few nuts or seeds, and dripped with lemon juice. It is extremely simple to prepare, and there are limitless variations to my salads. Each one is a new meal, depending on what combination of plants I mix together.” (pp 78-79) Connect with Suzanna: www.tennisfitnesslove.com
Chapter 5: Vegan Journalists and Media Pioneers
“What would you say to a girl or woman who is thinking of going vegan?
Yeeha! I’d congratulate her on considering this wonderful lifestyle. I’d encourage her to adopt a mindset that becoming vegan is not about sacrifice or what you have to ‘give up’, but instead focus on all the positive benefits: fantastic health, vibrancy and a deep sense of inner peace knowing you’re doing the best you can to avoid contributing to pain, suffering, cruelty or violence as well as taking care of the planet. Plus I’d let her know there’s a fabulous and diverse community of people from all walks of life who share her values.” (pg 87)
“The first stage in any oppression is to ‘otherise’ the group you want to exploit, stripping them of any attributes that make them worthy of moral consideration. We ‘otherise’ animals by claiming they cannot suffer or feel emotions ‘like us’. We say they are less intelligent, less self-aware, so different to us, so fundamentally unequal, that it is acceptable for us to do with them as we like.” (pp 96-97)
Connect with Ruby: www.rubyhamad.com
(photo credit: Shaun Bush)
“Explore fun new restaurants and new cookbooks and focus not on what you’ll be giving up but on what you’ll be gaining in the realm of health and in the enriching feeling that you are living your values. You’ll enjoy not eating or wearing anything you can’t bear to think about.” (pg 104)
Connect with Karen: www.ThankingTheMonkey.com
“I love to eat, and fortunately I love to cook. I really like veganizing typical animal foods, like mozzarella or deviled eggs. Homemade seitan is another of my specialties, and I love to make seitan ‘roast beef’ and brisket for holidays. And pizza. We eat lots of pizza, with homemade crust.” (pg 106)
Connect with Kezia: www.evoltuspr.com
Chapter 6: Vegan Advocacy Pioneers
Jasmijn de Boo
“Ultimately, in order for a vegan future to succeed people will need to desire that cruelty to animals ends, however, educating people about animal cruelty alone may not be enough. Availability of vegan food and other alternatives to harmful animal use will become more mainstream if they are seen as positive, and are becoming normalised through popular and social media, health professionals, businesses and opinion leaders. Certain industries, such as the pharmaceutical, agribusiness, and other animal exploiting industries are extremely powerful and complex, and it requires our imagination rather than our financial resources to make change happen. However, I believe demand for non-animal products and vegan living are slowly shifting the public perception. We are starting to see more and more vegan options and initiatives around the world.” (pg 122)
Connect with Jasmijn: http://www.vegansociety.com
“Over the past two years, I have run numerous corporate events that aim to educate, entertain and provide business networking opportunities with a serious message that businesses need to hear regarding animal social justice. I help them identify the relevance for them of the rising tide of social awareness of animal cruelty revealed through media and live export or factory farming exposes, since the citizens who respond to this are their employees, customers and other stakeholders.” (pg 127)
Connect with Clare: www.ethicalfuturesmag.com
Chapter 7: Inspirational Creatives
“If I was to describe myself in one word I’d pick the word ‘vegan’. Vegan is a beautiful word to me; it is a positive and peaceful word. To be vegan means to live your life with kindness to animals. To be kind to animals means to not enslave, abuse, wear or eat them or their byproducts or use them for any other purpose.” (pg 133)
Connect with Melissa: www.wildfiremagazine.tumblr.com
Supreme Master Ching Hai
“Meat causes so much suffering because it causes hunger and war. We use up all our cereals, grain, soy and good resources, and land and water to support the meat industry, and therefore the world is short of food and water. So, in order to save lives we have to stop the meat industry.” (Original excerpt from From Crisis to Peace: The Organic Vegan Way is the Answer, pg 113; Plant-Powered Women, pg 136)
Connect with Supreme Master Ching Hai: www.SupremeMasterTV.com
Chapter 8 Healthy Testimonials
Chapter 9: Short Grabs for Final Inspiration
Chapter 10: The Vegan Easy Challenge
“Veganeasy.org is a complete resource for people seeking information on healthful, sustainable vegan living, as well as helping people transition to a vegan lifestyle through the 30 Day Vegan Easy Challenge. The 30 Day Vegan Easy Challenge is a free initiative by Animal Liberation Victoria (ALV) helping people all over the world change to compassionate living. People becoming vegan enjoy many benefits including saving hundreds of lives, improved health and a lighter eco-footprint.” (pg 160)
I hope you enjoyed the excerpts from Plant-Powered Women. To read their full stories, tips and advice, buy the book here.
To stock the book in your store, email: sales (at) kathydivine.com