Companion book by Brenda Davis, RD and Vesanto Melina, MS, RD

A word about the authors

Brenda and Vesanto are the co-authors of award winning books that are classics on plant-based nutrition, and now in 13 languages.

Registered dietitian BRENDA DAVIS is an esteemed expert on plant-based nutrition and a popular international speaker. Brenda has been the lead nutritionist and health educator in the Diabetes Wellness Project in the Marshall islands for a number of years. 

Vesanto Sitting

VESANTO MELINA, MS, RD is lead author of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ latest Position Paper on Vegetarian Diets. .  Vesanto has taught nutrition at Seattle’s Bastyr University and at the University of British Columbia. 

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Chapter 1

Click on above image to enlarge the image and read the chapter preview.   Research has clearly demonstrated that healthy lifestyle choices could prevent 90 percent of type 2 diabetes, and there’s strong consensus that diet is the kingpin.  

Chapter 2

Click on above image to enlarge the image and read the chapter preview.   The next steps toward kicking diabetes involve choosing the best foods, planning meals
and menus, and getting practical advice to support your success. 

Chapter 4

Click on above image to enlarge the image and read the chapter preview.  This nourishing breakfast can be prepared the night before and provides an excellent balance of proein, fat, and carbohydrate.

Sample Recipes

Click on above image to enlarge the image and read the chapter preview.  We have provided a few sample recepies including the Cauliflower and Basmati Rice Salad and a Full-Meal salad including dressings.


User Experience

Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina have written over a dozen best selling books on nutrition. The consult and speak all over the world. This gives them first hand contact with thier readers. Their skill is translating science into a readable format.

Tested in the field

Brenda Davis has been working to reduce the harm from diabetes in the Marshall Islands using similar menus plans. Locally the recipes were extensively tested with a group of dedicated recipe testers who made sure that they used whole foods and low oil plant based diets.

based on Science

Adopting smart diet and lifestyle choices after the onset of diabetes can change the course of disease and , in many cases reveres it altogether. The gradual reversal of insulin resistance has been reported with the use of  whole foods and plant based diets that are less restrictive. 

Unique recipes

Foods rich in soluble fiber, such as barley, beans, flaxseeds, oats and some fruits and vegetables helps to stabilize blood glucose and reduce blood cholesterol levels. The recipes are designed to maximize  the use of soluble fiber.

Reasons to buy

Reversing Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes can be reversed, and diet is the key. Nutrition and diabetes experts Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina share their proven plan for successfully fighting diabetes through simple dietary changes.

Doing it right

Learn which foods ward off hunger and lower blood glucose levels and which ones could derail your progress. Consult easy-to-read tables featuring foods you can eat regularly, along with those to avoid. Understand which nutrients are vital for kicking diabetes and how they impact insulin production.


Over 100 easy and delicious recipes provide innovative ways to enjoy power-packed foods throughout the day,


Michael Greger. M.D. FACM.

“If you intend to reverse diabetes or support someone in this process, get a copy of the Kick Diabetes Cookbook and make it your constant companion.”

John Kelly, MD, MHP.

“Properly selected and prepared plant foods can reverse insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Reverse your diabetes and enjoy full remission using the nutritional approach so enjoyably presented in The Kick Diabetes Cookbook.”

Dr. Wes Youngberg DRPH, MPH. CNS.

” I have been helping patients reverse diabetes for nearly 30 years. There is no one I would trust more to give me nutritional advice than Brenda Davis. using this cookbook is your best bet for reversing diabetes.”

Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT.

“With the unprecedented rise of type 2 diabetes, there has been increasing confusion surrounding diet-related treatments. The Kick Diabetes Cookbook is a welcome solution packed with simple advice, detailed charts and guidelines, and delicious easy recipes.”

Timaree Hagenburger, MPH, RD, EP-c

The Kick Diabetes Cookbook is much more than
a collection of recipes, as the first several chapters provide
a surprisingly comprehensive collection of very specific
information needed to empower individuals diagnosed
with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes to take back control
of their health.” Read more

Zel and Reuben Allen.

“A registered dietician who is comfortable in assembling an unprocessed, plant-based healthful meal in the kitchen may be more effective in battling diabetes than an RD who simply tells you to eat a healthy diet. In The Kick Diabetes Cookbook, Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina, two registered dietitians, have combined dietary knowledge and kitchen skills to assemble a book of recipes that also includes delicious foods as well as valuable information on how to battle diabetes.” Read more

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