May 25, 2021
She Writes Press
Blurb: We can all learn how to enjoy good health naturally at any age―and it starts in our kitchens by changing how we eat. In Joyful, Delicious, Vegan: Life Without Heart Disease, Sherra Aguirre equips readers with the simplest, most effective way to prevent or reverse heart disease, our number one killer here in the US―especially for African American women, who are on the front lines of the fight against heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses.
In this empowering guide to healthy eating, Aguirre shares her own story of reversing hypertension and other heart disease symptoms, despite a long family history; she presents current knowledge about the effectiveness of a plant-based diet in reversing disease; and she offers up recommendations from two world-renowned cardiologists who have demonstrated results with patients for many years. Joyful, Delicious, Vegan: Life Without Heart Disease guides readers in building a simple food plan around their particular needs with delicious anti-inflammatory foods and provides support for developing the habit of mindful eating. Aguirre explores ways in which choosing a vegan diet and eating consciously are compassionate acts that can positively impact many areas of our lives―and includes tips to help readers sustain results. Full of tips for success based on Aguirre’s personal experience and the experience of others, Joyful, Delicious, Vegan: Life Without Heart Disease is a source of inspiration, encouragement, and staying power for all readers.
I will be the first to tell you that a change in diet can turn your life around. I discovered that 15 years ago when I became vegetarian. My pre-diabetic status went away. But now I am looking for another change and having just finished reading Sherra Aguirre’s Joyful Delicious Vegan, I think I’ve found my next path.
I’ve been toying with the idea of going vegan for a while now, mainly because I don’t feel completely healthy, but also because I recognize the inhumane treatment of animals who produce milk and eggs.
Joyful Delicious Vegan isn’t a cookbook but more of a lifestyle guide. Aguirre advocates the diets introduced by Doctors Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. and Dean Ornish, both of whom were concerned with heart health and the effect of diet on the heart. As well, she praises mindful eating, spirituality, meditation and exercise, all things we know we should integrate into our lives.
I felt excited by Joyful Delicious Vegan in part because this lifestyle change seems to be just what I need but also because Aguirre seems excited by it. It changed her life and she’s sharing that change and her journey. Her presentation is enthusiastic.
Besides Esselstyn and Ornish, she also mentions the research and writings by Neal Barnard and Joel Fuhrman, both of who have a substantial body of work regarding health and vegan diets.
The recipes she shares at the end of the book seem flavorful and not ones typical to vegan cookbooks. Because she’s creating recipes to keep heart disease at bay, these do not include oil but offers that if heart disease is not part of your health issues that oil can be integrated.
A very motivating book!
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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