The Sandy Springs mother-daughter duo has co-authored “The 95% Vegan Diet: An Insider’s Guide to Taking Control of Your Diet and Health Without Having to be Perfect,” and is hosting an eight-week workshop starting Thursday at Young Chefs Academy in Sandy Springs. A vegan diet is one free of meat, fish, poultry, animal products and byproducts such as eggs or milk.
“The purpose of the book is not just to teach people to eat right,” said Noll, a nutritionist, clinician, research scientist and patient advocate who works primarily as a hospital pharmacist at DeKalb Medical Center in Decatur. “Since 1960, it’s taken us two generations to get to where we are, where the rate of obesity is up by 250 percent. … The idea of the book is to change this direction. … It’s probably going to take two generations to get back to where we were.
“Generation [X] is the first one to be predicted to not outlive its parents. We believe a plant-based diet is the healthiest one but people … don’t want to give up what they want to eat.”
The book was published in September by Tate Publishing and is available on Amazon.com and at Barnes and Noble’s stores and website. Noll said it took nine months to write and another three months of editing.
She said she co-wrote it “to make an impact on the decision making or influence on the research so it would be more practical for what the average American faces. I had come up through sales and marketing in the pharmaceutical industry. In my career I wanted to go back to making a real impact with patients. That’s why I went back and got [a] Pharm.D [doctor of pharmacy] degree. My passion is preventing Type 2 diabetes. I wanted to get back to preventing it.
“I want people to become their own scientist so they can make better and more informed decisions about what is right for their health.”
Herndon, a lawyer with the Manely Firm PC’s offices in Fulton and Cobb counties, focusing on family law and estate planning, handled the creative and legal portions of the book.
“I provided all of the original recipes that center around holidays made vegan,” she said. “As for the food and drug laws, I wrote a chapter devoted to how the [Food and Drug Administration] regulates dietary supplements and how they’re regulated differently from food and drugs. I tried to give people awareness about the issue just for their own personal safety and to save money on things that may not be proven to work in any significant way.”
Noll said a vegan diet has multiple benefits.
“First, there is enough scientific data on large populations of people that provide strong evidence to those who eat a mostly plant-based diet or a [completely] plant-based diet do not develop the types of diseases we’re getting and dying of, such as cancer, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes.
“Second, cutting out animal proteins and increasing plants in one’s diet helps all that. But a … diet high in antioxidants can also prevent diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
“Third, the other thing is just how you feel physically. There’s a lot of people who think you can’t give up your milk or dairy [products]. The casein in dairy products is highly inflammatory. There are people who within two to three weeks of switching to a vegan diet, coming off all dairy, their joints no longer hurt. It’s incredible for your body.”
Of the workshop, Herndon said participants will “learn how to customize their own diet that is plant-based, for maintaining or losing weight, but in a healthy way. We’ll be doing cooking in every class. The workshop will largely encompass a life strategy. It will be more than just a diet.”
The eight-week workshop costs $699 total and will take place starting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Young Chefs Academy, 230 Hammond Drive, Suite 368 in Sandy Springs. For more information on the book or the workshops, visit www.95percentvegan.com. Workshop info can also be obtained by calling 1-855-958-3426 or emailing email@example.com.