“Following Dr. Cousens’s guidance, you and your children can reach extraordinary health.”
—Neal Barnard, MD, author of Power Foods for the Brain
"A landmark contribution in the field of pediatric care."
—Anna Maria and Brian Clement, PhD, LN, directors of the Hippocrates Health Institute
“Conscious Parenting is a call to collectively raise our standards of life and reach the potential inherent in ourselves and our kids. The mind-blowing conclusions in this book make it an essential guide and resource for every person who knows a child—we'll be wise to listen.”
—Ruby Roth, leading author and illustrator of veg books for kids
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I just had the tremendous honor of writing the foreword for a new book by one of my most favorite vegan leaders in the world—Dr. Gabriel Cousens, woohoo! His latest release, Conscious Parenting, co-written by Leah Lynn (author of Baby Greens: A Live-Food Approach for Children of All Ages) is now my go-to recommendation for all parents raising (or planning to raise) vegan kids.
This could be the best book ever published on safe and successful vegan parenting. It contains data showing that children up to four years old—born and raised vegan—are in the top one-third of height and weight percentiles, it provides a scientific and spiritual foundation for holistic vegan parenting, covers nutritional requirements, even provides a basis for legal protection for vegan parents (when social services and courts become problems), and offers many ways to teach children about holistic veganism. And if that's not enough, the book includes recipes!
Last word—if you didn't know Dr. Cousens already, you MUST now! Calling him a mere doctor is an understatement—he has so many credentials following his name, it's bananas: M.D., M.D.(H.), N.D.(h.c.), D.D., Diplomate Ayurveda, Diplomate American Board of Holistic Medicine. He is a holistic physician, homeopath, psychiatrist, rabbi, family therapist, Ayurvedic practitioner, Chinese herbalist, world leader on reversing diabetes, ecological leader, founder and director of Tree of Life Center, and bestselling author of several books. Read more about him and his programs here, I absolutely cherish the work he does in the world!
Cheers to the next generation!
Do you have any other favorite vegan parenting books? Share them below!
Because I am an information hound and like to keep my arsenal of animal knowledge stocked (and because I like to win arguments), I'm reading a beautiful book you should read, too, called Of Orcas and Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us by David Neiwert.
If you loved Blackfish, you'll gain heaps more in-depth, but easy-to-read knowledge from this book, which is full of absolutely stunning information about the minds and lives of these animals, both free and captive. It's the kind of reading that makes your heart soar/ache and fills you with a sense of solidarity with other activists and a (re)commitment to veganism.
SIDE NOTE: Every time I post something like this that advocates for a specific species, I always get comments from people who have to poo on the parade by asking, "What about cows and chickens and pigs?" Can we agree not to do that anymore?
Even if I understand the sentiment, I don't want us thinking that gaining peoples' compassion is a zero sum game—as if it cancels out the possibility of gaining their compassion for other species. It's no doubt a healthier outlook to think of compassion as an endless resource instead of a limited one if we are going to go on with any activism at all.
Duh, it can be maddeningly annoying when people love some animals and eat others, but winning a piece of anyone's heart/brain for any animal opens a small crack through which other information might seep in.
It's great to be critical, but let's never hate on a win, please. They're not easy to come by (though it helps if you have solid arguments...which brings me back to this book!).
Let me know what you think of Of Orcas and Men, happy reading!
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If you haven't heard, I've been holed up and sequestered, busy designing the layout for my next book, Help Yourself: 60 Easy Plant-Based Recipes Kids Can Make to Stay Healthy and Save the World (April 2016)—I'm telling people it's also for busy/lazy adults. Join me on Instagram to get a sneak peek from the photoshoot....I can't wait to show you more!
Do you know LAIKA MAGAZINE yet? It's the most beautiful vegan lifestyle read—one that can compete with any other mag on the racks these days!
The founder, Julie Gueraseva, asked me to be involved in their brand new fifth issue and I got to do two amazing things:
Illustrate a fashion trend spread (see above; this represents the whole other "adult" side to my artwork that came before the children's books. You probably didn't even know! More at Draw Or Die).
Interview the amaaaaazing hardcore, longtime vegan artist and activist in an artist-to-artist conversation. Her dedication to her vegan work, especially at the cost of money or acceptance or fame, hit me really hard. I've never known any artist quite like her.
In this fifth "Strength" issue, LAIKA has really hit a new level of beautiful and smart. I hope you'll subscribe to LAIKA (digital and print copies available) and check out all the amazing visuals and articles on people and happenings you should know about...your subscription helps support a whole network of vegans in different fields, it's an amazing little economy to bolster.