What’s karma got to do with it, got to do with it (not a typo, Tina Turner is helping me write this blog post…haha, just kidding)?  Thinking about Tina though, she did ask some good questions through her music.  What’s love go to do with it, got to do with it?  That’s another good one. Answer: When it comes to how we live our lives, our health and wellbeing, and the health and wellbeing of other beings and everything around us, it really does come down to love, karma and compassion (or Kompassion with a ‘K’ if you’re a Kardashian).  The choices we make affect others and, in turn, come back to us in some way.  Spiritually, there’s this idea of Karma.  In religion, there’s the golden rule – do to others as you’d have them do to you.  Scientifically, there’s the law of cause and effect.  And IRL, a.k.a. in real life, there’s evidentiary support for this conclusion.

THE GOOD KARMA DIET

Victoria Moran’s publishers, Tarcher/Penguin, a division of Penguin Random House, were kind enough to send me a copy of The Good Karma Diet to review and we here at BCV are delighted to be part of her cyber book tour!

The Good Karma Diet: Eat Gently, Feel Amazing, Age in Slow Motion is really about a Good Karma Life.  It’s about a kind diet and lifestyle.

In best-selling author Victoria Moran’s latest book (12th book actually!), The Good Karma Diet, she gives us inspiring stories from her journey and that of about a dozen others whose lives have been changed for the better, in some cases literally from dying to thriving.  Other stories, while not as dramatic, going from feeling fine to feeling spectacular is kind of a big deal too, wouldn’t you say?  The common thread is this good karma diet/living thing, a plant-based way of eating at it’s best, can mean a new lease on life for you, while having an amazingly positive impact for others, the animals and the planet.

In addition to these very personal, interesting, and inspiring interviews with real people (who p.s. didn’t start out vegan) that you may very well be inspired by (as I was), you’ll learn about weight loss and anti-aging results others have seen and reported, how to keep the good karma lifestyle going in the face of challenging situations, you’ll find a how-to guide to eating super healthy and vegan (even if you have allergies), she details and compares the various popular plant-based diets out there (there’s more than one way to peel and orange – find the one that works for you), then there’s the 411 on vegan nutritional, a guide and discussion about vegan in vogue (cruelty-free fashion is in high fashion), and so much more!

This is a vegan lifestyle book but there are over 30 yummy whole foods plant-based, healthiest vegan recipes included.  The recipe for Vegan Soft Serve Ice Cream follows below.  As a lifestyle book, good karma tips are sprinkled throughout the book along with some history and Victoria’s recommended reading and resources.

One of my favorite chapters is 21 Days to Good Health and Good Karma – for the next 21 days, follow nine simple instructions!  I was inspired so I’m all in!   Other chapter titles include ‘Put on a Happy Plate’, ‘High-Green, High-Raw, High-Energy, Eating’, ‘Skinny is Skinny, Healthy is Happy’, ‘Plant-Built Muscle’, ‘Animal Stories’, ‘Beauty, Fashion, and Good Karma Shopping’, ‘Food and Health and Price and Justice’.

Victoria credits food, her vegan lifestyle, with a focus on whole, plant-based, mostly raw eating, compassion in her heart, meditation, exercise, and the love around her (friends, family, colleagues, fellow vegan professionals) for her health and vitality.  It’s a holistic approach and one that inspires, I mean, just look at her!  And the beauty emanates from the inside out.

Show of hands, who doesn’t want to feel and look younger and more radiant than ever, to know that your way of living doesn’t involve harming other beings (whether you feel/know this consciously or unconsciously)?  I rest my case.

Curling up on the couch with The Good Karma Diet is like visiting with your super cool best friend who is just brilliant in every way.  With The Good Karma Diet, Victoria invites you to sit down with her for a deep and meaningful conversation.  She writes beautifully and from the heart.  I could go on and on but suffice it to say, I give this book two enthusiastic thumbs up!  That’s one of the reasons I’m extra excited to bring you this giveaway (more details below).

More About Victoria:

Victoria Moran is a best-selling author (The Good Karma Diet is her 12th book!).

Victoria’s books include the best-selling Creating a Charmed life and The Love-Powered Diet: Eating for Freedom, Health, and Joy.  Victoria’s been on Oprah twice, she’s a certified holistic health counselor and holds the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies/eCornell Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition.

You can find articles she’s written in such magazines as Woman’s Day, VegNews, Yoga Journal, Vegetarian Times, Mothering, and Natural Health.  Her work has been noted in USA Today, Self, Elle, The Washington Post, Glamour, and O, The Oprah Magazine.  In addition to her writing, Victoria is charismatic, smart, sought-after speaker, host of the popular Main Street Vegan podcast.  She founded and directs Main Street Vegan Academy, a in-person immersion course that trains Vegan Lifestyle Coaches and Educators (VLCEs).

RECIPE – Banana Soft Serve Ice Cream

Banana soft serve ice cream recipe

Ingredients:
4 ripe bananas, frozen
1 teaspoon vanilla extract, or 1⁄4 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
4 tablespoons nut milk (almond/Brazil) or water

Optional:
For a chocolate version, add 1 tablespoon raw fair trade cacao powder

Garnish:
1 tablespoon unsulphured, unsweetened, dried coconut shreds
1 tablespoon chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, etc.)
Cacao powder

Loving Preparation:

1. Combine banana, vanilla, nut milk or water, and cacao if using, in a food processor or powerful blender with a tamper, until smooth and creamy like ice cream. Scrape the sides the food processor blender bowl so that all the banana is puréed.

2. When the mixture reaches the consistency of soft-serve ice cream, scoop into serving dishes and sprinkle, if you like, with coconut, nuts, or a bit more cacao powder.

Variation:

Make a sundae with the addition of a drizzle of maple syrup or chocolate syrup (Cè Organics makes a delicious one with fair trade ingredients)

Drizzle with a nice brandy for a sophisticated grown-up dessert

Serves 2 to 4

Recipe from THE GOOD KARMA DIET: Eat Gently, Feel Amazing, Age in Slow Motion by Victoria Moran, posted with the permission of Tarcher/Penguin, a division of Penguin Random House. Copyright ©2015. Photo and recipe by Doris Fin, CCHP, AADP.

GIVEAWAY

The Good Karma Diet Book and BCV Vegan Tote Bag Giveaway

As a special two-for-one giveaway, to one lucky winner, we are giving away the perfect summer 2015 beach companion, a copy of The Good Karma Diet: Eat Gently, Feel Amazing, Age in Slow Motion with one of our most popular vegan tote bags, BCV’s Vegan Tote Bag.  There’s plenty of room in this vegan bag to house the book plus a plethora of fruits, veggies and vegan eats!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER, DENISE J.!!!!
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KEEP  UP WITH VICTORIA

You can keep up with Victoria Moran in the digital social realm by following her on Twitter @Victoria_Moran, Instagram @MainStreetVegan, and Facebook at Facebook.com/MainStreetVegan.  Be sure to check out her website, Main Street Vegan.  There’s a wealth of information there and an active, awesome blog.  While your on her site, be sure to sign up for her newsletter.  Her weekly updates are always welcome in my Inbox!  When it comes to Victoria’s Main Street Vegan Newsletter, ‘you’ve got mail’ is a happy thing!

If you’re interested in becoming a vegan lifestyle coach and educator, you can learn more about the Main Street Vegan Academy on the Main Street Vegan website.

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