Beyond Broccoli is written from Schenck’s perspective of a former raw food vegan. She explains how she felt compelled to write this book after her experience with following vegan principles. After years as a vegan, she saw her and other vegan’s health decline. Her goal is to educate people and alert them to the dangers of vegetarian and vegan eating.
The meat of this book is not to bash vegetarianism rather; it explains why vegetarianism doesn’t work for the vast majority of people in the long run. Part two of her book discusses the evolution of the human diet where she embraces Paleo Diet principles and provides a good summery of the benefits of Paleo eating.
In part three, Schenck explains how the proper balance is needed between fats, carbohydrates and proteins for effective health. She spends almost 80 pages of the book detailing how vegetarianism doesn’t create the proper balance of fats, carbs and protein and how eating animal protein combined with a low carbohydrate diet will lead to better health and overall weight loss. Unlike some other books I’ve read, Schenck backs her claims with relevant annotated references.
Beyond Broccoli provided a unique insight for me; a former vegan who turned to meat. The book reinforced my beliefs that following Paleo Diet principles is the way to go. More importantly, it has given my vegetarian wife a new perspective. It’s one thing to hear it from me that she shouldn’t be a vegetarian but to hear it from a former member of her own tribe had her open her eyes. She has read half the book and claims that she is starting to have doubts about vegetarianism. If she is still vegetarian at the end of the book, I don’t think Schenck will be disappointed because she accomplished her goal. One more vegetarian has been educated.