Back in 2009 I enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (when it was still a live school and classes were held on weekends), and my beloved cat Lucy passed away just hours before the first class was scheduled to begin. It was a terrible weekend for me – I was surrounded by people I didn’t know and bombarded by health and nutrition information I just didn’t care about at the time. I spent those two days fighting back tears. The one high point of the first weekend was the “Living a Charmed Life” talk given by author Victoria Moran. She was a captivating speaker and she was actually able to get a chuckle or two out of me. At the end of the talk, Victoria urged the room full of future health coaches to point their clients in the direction of a vegan diet, and she told a story of a cow she met in a slaughterhouse. (More tears.)
I became a fan of Victoria’s that day, and I sent her a note to thank her. Two years later I saw her in the powder room at the first NYC Vegetarian Food Festival, and I was too star struck to say anything to her. Today, after attending her Main Street Vegan Academy and doing a little work with her, I actually know Victoria quite well, and I’m beyond honored to have this very blog listed in her new book The Good Karma Diet as a website you should read.
The Good Karma Diet is both the name of Victoria’s book and her diet plan. It’s not really a diet though – it’s really a way of living that will leave you feeling (and looking) fabulous. It will also help the planet and all those who call it home.
As you may have already guessed, the “diet” part of The Good Karma Diet is vegan. Victoria advocates for a high-raw, whole-foods seasonal diet for health and wellbeing. She details the ins and outs of the diet plan, and gives advice on what types of gadgets are handy to have in the kitchen, how to stick to a budget when eating this way, and what nutrients should be supplemented (there aren’t many). For those that are new to this way of eating, there are recipes in the back of the book, provided by fellow health coach Doris Fin. Victoria also outlines an easy 21 day-plan that will help your kick start your Good Karma life.
Good Karma living isn’t just about food – the mind, and spirit need to be nourished as well, and Victoria delves into those topics too. She also gives a short vegan history lesson, discusses cruelty-free beauty and fashion, and gives “Good Karma Tips”. Each chapter ends with a “Good Karma Story” from various people who tell how changing their diets changed their lives.
Even if you’re already living a vegan lifestyle, you’ll want to read The Good Karma Diet, as Victoria will motivate and inspire you. With a little Good Karma in your life you’re sure take better care of yourself, make better dietary choices, and maybe even inspire others to do the same.
The Good Karma Diet is available May 19, 2015. Preorder the book before May 19th to get an exclusive teleclass with Victoria and you will be entered entered in the Good Karma Contest in which the charity of your choice will be in the running for one of three $100 contributions. Visit Victoria’s website for more information. I have a copy of The Good Karma Diet for one lucky reader. Follow the instructions after the recipe to enter.
Banana Soft Serve
- 4 ripe bananas frozen
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1⁄4 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
- 4 tablespoons nut milk almond/Brazil or water
- For a chocolate version add 1 tablespoon raw fair trade cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon unsulphured unsweetened, dried coconut shreds
- 1 tablespoon chopped nuts almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, etc.
- Cacao powder
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.
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.) Or drizzle with a nice brandy for a sophisticated grown-up dessert.
Excerpted from THE GOOD KARMA DIET: Eat Gently, Feel Amazing, Age in Slow Motion by Victoria Moran, with the permission of Tarcher/Penguin, a division of Penguin Random House. Copyright © 2015.
Photo and recipe by Doris Fin, CCHP, AADP.
I have a copy of The Good Karma Diet by Victoria Moran for one lucky winner. Follow the instructions below to enter. U.S. and Canadian residents only, please. Contest ends at midnight eastern time on May 18th. Good luck!