And The Winners Are…

We couldn’t pick just three!  So meet the FIVE inspiring winners of Alicia Silverstone’s book The Kind Diet

When we decided to give away three copies of The Kind Diet after last week’s interview with Alicia Silverstone, I had no idea how many inspiring and beautiful entries you’d submit.<!–more–> Every single person who entered to win wrote something unique and special that moved us, making it crazy hard to choose between them all. Some of the winners below even brought us to tears!

So we’re awarding the book to five entrants instead of three, and you can read their winning posts below. If you’re a winner, please send us your mailing address at Info {at} RecycledBride {dot} com. Many thanks to all who entered, and congrats to our winners!!

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Winner #1 is Ashley Arneson, who charmed us with her eco-savvy wedding planning style and her commitment to a healthier happily ever after:

The countdown is on; just over eight months to go until I walk down the aisle to say “I do,” and as I make my way there—dress shopping on Craigslist, searching thrift stores for the perfect vases & glasses to use as centerpieces, and combing through etsy as I go—one of my top resolutions is to take good care of myself.
I read parts of The Kind Diet one day after I found it at Barnes and Noble, and instantly fell in love with Alicia’s no-nonsense approach to the topic of cleaner eating. Unlike other books I’ve read on the same subject, The Kind Diet didn’t feel preachy; I felt like I was sitting down with a friend who simply wanted to inform me about her lifestyle & leave me to make my own decision.
Having my own copy of The Kind Diet will be a great (early) start for the new direction my life will take after I become a Mrs. in October; & the more time I have to practice the yummy recipes (especially the peanut butter cups I saw made on ‘Oprah’ last week!), the healthier my life will be by the time I cross the threshold from “Miss” to “Mrs.”

Book #2 goes to Diana, whose journey to have a healthier relationship with food led her to become a vegetarian. She now wants to explore veganism through The Kind Diet. We were  touched by Diana’s strength and determination in overcoming her eating disorder:

 I’ve been vegetarian for almost 6 years now. I credit vegetarianism with helping me overcome a difficult battle with an eating disorder. Since becoming vegetarian, I have felt much healthier and happier. I have always been curious about the benefits – both mental and physical – of being vegan. I’ve attempted to make the the transition to veganism several times but have not succeeded in making it stick. Some of my excuses were just that – excuses. But I think the real reason is that I view veganism as restricting, as giving up my favorite foods, and that brings back the memories of my eating disorder. From what I’ve seen so far, I believe that Alicia’s approach to healthy eating will remind me of what I’m getting, not what I’m giving up.

The 3rd copy of The Kind Diet goes to Alexandra Porter, who lives in a house with 50 college-aged women that she’ll be sharing The Kind Diet with. Alexandra is a force for change in the world! And we’re so impressed that she’s interested in cooking plant-based foods at an age when many of us lived on draft beer and Cheez-its.

I have been a member of the kindlife.com for about 3 months now and I am so inspired by all of the change Alicia is bringing upon her readers. I have been flirting with vegetarianism and vegan-ism for a while and I would love to have this tool! Being a college student I could really use a free copy! I would like to get myself into the healthiest shape I can be for my last few years here and then for my wedding which won’t be coming up too long after graduation! I really believe in everything the kind diet and Alicia are doing for the world and I want to be a part of it!

I would also like to add that I live in a house on my college campus that houses 50 girls and we get to live here for lower rates than traditional campus housing for cleaning and cooking and making our house a community. I am a member of an 8 person “healthy” kitchen where one girl is a vegetarian. I love to eat vegetarian and I would love to be able to share the information and recipes from the kind life with my kitchen mates, in order to create healthier lifestyles. It is so important to start out right when you are just learning what it means to cook for others, and care for yourself as well as keep a budget!

Winner #4 is Jessica. Congrats on losing 50 pounds — you go girl! We’re rooting for Jessica on her weight loss journey, and know that The Kind Diet will help her reach her goals.

I would love this book. I’ve been a vegetarian for 23 years and have been transitioning to vegan living. I’ve lost 50 pounds in the past year and would love some new, healthy, animal-free recipes to help me continue losing weight. Alicia rocks for showing people that celebrities don’t have to be be selfish and self-absorbed! Looking like her is a great advertisement for being animal- and Earth- friendly!

And finally, winner #5 is Kelly, who shared these beautiful comments about her dedication to her young philanthropist son, her disabled husband, and to animal welfare. Read Kelly’s comment for an amazing story courage in the face of adversity.

Thank you SO much for sharing this terrific interview with Alicia… she is my greatest hero! I’ve been vegetarian for 12 years along with my husband. We decided to go completely vegetarian just before I got pregnant with our son, who is now 11 and has never eaten meat or eaten anything with a face!

My primary concern in life has always been doing my absolute best and dedicating my life to protect the needy and the voiceless, the truest underdogs of our world, especially all of our furry friends. I’ve volunteered and worked as a veterinary technician, assistant and emergency animal rescuer for my entire life. I spent two months living in a parking lot in New Orleans immediately following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, rescuing animals who were left behind, trapped inside their devastated homes or abandoned completely. It changed my life, and my families’ life, forever.

Since returning home from that experience, I have worked as a virtual school teacher to our son and done my best to promote his own charitable efforts. First, we helped a fellow classmate of his, Zach Bonner, age 12, with his own foundation (The Little Red Wagon Foundation) and walks for awareness for homeless children in this country. We walked more than 500 miles with him and loved every moment of it.

But then my husband suffered a severe stroke, leaving him disabled and needing me to stay home to help with his daily needs. So Dylan forged ahead with his own charitable ideas to help the furry ones, setting up his own national service project called Cans4Pets . (In short, we walk to collect empty aluminum cans to turn in for cash that we donate to local animal rescues. It helps the environment, cleans up our neighborhoods and helps needy, homeless animals!

I’m hoping to receive a copy of this book because we simply cannot afford it otherwise. I’ve been searching the Internet for recipes and tidbits of information about this absolutely wonderful eating plan, but we have barely enough money to pay our own bills since my husband’s stroke. In fact, that event and its repercussions caused us to go into foreclosure on the home of our dreams right before Christmas and now we are barely managing to keep our heads above water in a tiny apartment without a running vehicle. Luckily, we are within 1/2 mile of the grocery store, so I get plenty of exercise making trips back and forth with my backpack to carry the groceries!

Thank you for considering myself and my family for receipt of such a helpful, life-affirming book and most of all, for showing us just how truly beautiful life can be! A very big, very special thank you to Alicia for writing this book! She’s already one of our all-time favorite people and now we have even more reason to sing her praises! We are truly indebted to her for this amazing opportunity!

 

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6 Comments

  1. Thank you so much! I can’t wait to gain some insight into the vegan and macrobiotic world, and share what I learn and these yummy recipies with my housemates!. I am so honored that you picked me! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

  2. So sorry about the confusion! We did see http://www.cans4pets.tk/ and think that Dylan’s work is just amazing. What a great idea for a service project! Congrats again Kelly, and thanks so much for sharing your family’s story with Recycled Bride.

  3. I am SO honored to have won one of these precious books to share with my family! However, there IS a mistake in the story behind why WE won the award… The Little Red Wagon Foundation was NOT started by my son, Dylan. It was set up, as I said in my comment, by a classmate of his, Zach Bonner. My son, Dylan Danforth, has walked more than 500 miles with Zach to promote awareness for homeless youth. That was part of the inspiration for Dylan’s own national service project, Cans 4 Pets, which involves collecting empty aluminum cans to recycle, then turning all the cash generated from that enterprise over to local pet rescues. I want there to be no mistake about what Zach has done and what Dylan has done… they are both amazing children but I can only “take credit” for Dylan and his efforts and endeavors!

  4. I absolutely LOVE this book-everything about it from the beautiful photos, the soy ink and recycled paper and Alicia’s writing style. Super informative and very inspiring. Congratulations to the winners! I know they won’t be disappointed!

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