The Compassionate Diet

Compassionate Diet

The Compassionate Diet is now available from Rodale Books. It is available from, Barnes & Noble, Borders, Indiebound, & booksellers across North America.

Arran Stephens and his wife are the founders of Nature’s Path Organic Foods—North America’s largest organic breakfast foods company. Co-author Eliot Jay Rosen is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestselling book, Experiencing the Soul, clinical psychotherapist and health writer based in Hawaii.

Where to Buy

The Compassionate Diet is now available from Rodale Books. It is available from, Barnes & Noble, BordersIndiebound, & booksellers across North America.

Reviews of The Compassionate Diet

“The Compassionate Diet is a blueprint to better health for body, mind, spirit and the planet. It makes a compelling case for a simple life change through what we eat and how we can fulfill the heart’s innate desire for compassion. This is a book about personal and global transformation.

“Learn how you can protect yourself against illness by switching to a plant-based diet. Discover how you can contribute to the true greening of the planet, and the protection of the fragile Mother Earth who nourishes us for our generation and posterity.

“Vegetarianism is good for our health, it reduces the risk of disease, and it is ecologically and economically beneficial for our planet. Whether you decide to pursue the vegetarian diet for purely spiritual reasons, or because of physical, ethical, or ecological reasons, you will find information and resources presented in a clear and easy-to-understand manner. It is my hope that readers of this book discover why vegetarianism is a gift for body, mind, and soul.”

– H.H. Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj, author of Inner Peace through Meditation, and Empowering Your Soul Through Meditation, etc.


“The Compassionate Diet is not just another book on diet or the environment, but one that understands and embraces compassion to all sentient life-forms. Arran Stephens has written a book that deserves to be widely read. It will change the way you eat.”

—Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace


“The Compassionate Diet… defends vegetarianism from all sides and rebukes every false belief people have against a vegetarian diet. [A] wonderful pocketbook to carry around to defend any aspect of vegetarianism to any doubter, hater or skeptic.”

– Kyle Domer, Vagrant Vegan

“A case for vegetarianism from the perspectives of health, morality, ecology and spirituality…. Founder of Nature’s Path Foods Arran and health writer Rosen present an elegant universal plea for compassionate dietary change on several levels: for the animals who suffer to become our food, for the millions of starving humans and for the preservation of the planet, which is being rapidly consumed to feed the meat addiction of wealthier nations…. Considering the authors’ backgrounds, it’s no surprise that the strongest portion of their argument is their sharing of the significant nutritional benefits of the meatless diet, which include lower cholesterol, decreased risk for cancer and a longer life span. Spiritual rationale for the fleshless diet abounds in various religions, and the authors have dug deep to find supportive passages from each.”

– Kirkus Reviews

“The Compassionate Diet is a clear, concise, and comprehensive little book that offers something for everyone looking to learn the basics of the many reasons for adopting a vegetarian lifestyle. Stephens writes with compassion and clarity, and he presents a compelling argument for why vegetarianism is central to personal empowerment, social responsibility, and ecological sustainability.”

–Melanie Joy, Ph.D.-  Author of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows


“If you want your life to be an expression of your heart’s purpose, if you want your daily actions to reflect your love for life, this book is for you. If you follow its tenets, you will be healthier and happier. Plus, you will be joining the ever-growing efforts of millions towards a spiritually fulfilling, socially just and environmentally sustainable human presence on this planet.”

– John Robbins, author Diet For A New America, The Food Revolution, and Healthy At 100.

“Arran Stephens has long been at the forefront of the natural foods and vegetarian movements in North America. The Compassionate Diet persuasively advocates choosing a plant-centered diet rather than an animal foods diet from a completely holistic perspective.

I especially appreciate the book’s extensive coverage of the spiritual aspects of dietary choice, which most of the books and essays in the important conversation about industrial food systems and diet tend to ignore.”

– John Mackey, Co-Founder & CEO, Whole Foods Markets and vegan.


“This deceptively sweet little volume tucks a powerful message among its attractive, cleanly designed pages. In easy-to-read short sections, the authors lay out an inspiring argument for a vegan diet that leaves no stone unturned. Stephens, the founder of Nature’s Path Organic Foods, clearly has deep spiritual motivations for his choice to be vegetarian and for having created a food company that is decidedly ethical and environmentally focused. Along with Rosen, Stephens has compiled well-researched answers to the countless rebuttals vegetarians and vegans typically encounter from meat eaters and naysayers. Peppered throughout the book are uplifting and moving quotes from famous, infamous, and not-so-famous characters that are sure to enlighten even longtime vegetarians.

This book is not only an enjoyable read but is also a handy reference tool. It would make a beautiful, thoughtful, and loving gift for yourself or anyone even remotely interested in why vegetarianism has been a mainstay of health and spiritual evolution throughout time.”

– J. Stepaniak, customer review at