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The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook: Over 100 Plant-Sourced Recipes Plus Practical Tips for the Healthiest, Most Compassionate You by Victoria Moran,‎ JL Fields, BenBella Books, US $19.95, Pp 304, December 2017, ISBN 978-1944648688

The Diet Detox: Why Your Diet Is Making You Fat and What to Do About It: 10 Simple Rules to Help You Stop Dieting, Start Eating, and Lose the Weight for Good by Brooke Alpert, BenBella Books, US $24.95, Pp 222, December 2017, ISBN 978-1944648923

The Colorful Kitchen: Simple Plant-Based Recipes for Vibrancy, Inside and Out by Ilene Godofsky Moreno, BenBella Books, US $19.95, Pp 250, December 2017, ISBN 978-1944648411

Most of us believe that going vegan is a recent trend. We also believe that we the Westerners discovered the concept of whole foods in recent decades. If you are one of those who believe this, you are completely wrong. In The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook, Victoria Moran and JL Fields rightly say that the ancient Hindu yogis were probably the world’s first nutritionists who developed recommendations for whole foods, vegetarian diet to build a strong body that could sit comfortably erect for long periods of meditation. Hinduism was not alone in ancient India that promoted a vegan way of life, other Indian religions like Buddhism and Jainism also forbade hurting any living being which is known as the principle of ahimsa. The concept of eating whole foods can also be traced to ancient India and China. Both vegan and whole foods have existed for at least 5,000-7,000 years and practiced by almost half of the world population (Ancient India and China). We discovered these concepts only recently. The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook provides more than 100 plant-sourced recipes to bring water to your mouth. The range from ‘Gluten-Free Vegan Pancakes’ to ‘White Bean and Tomato Bread Salad’ to ‘Spicy Tomato Soup’ to ‘Tempeh-Stuffed Kabocha Squash.’ These easy-to-make recipes are not only delicious but also healthy. You will not find it difficult to adopt The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook lifestyle.


Many of us succeed losing weight with the help of popular diets, at least in the beginning. But, most of these diets stop giving positive results after a few weeks or we regain weight when we stop the diet. Then we look for another diet plan to practice. Unfortunately, in most cases, the same happens. We first lose weight but then stop losing weight after the passage of a few weeks. This happens because of the toxins in our bodies. Our bodies accumulate a lot of toxins over the years. If we do not cleanse our bodies of these toxins or, in other words, detox our bodies, most diet plans are destined to fail in the long run even if they succeed in the short run. In The Diet Detox, Brooke Alpert tells his readers how they can cleanse their bodies of toxins and how they can eat well and still maintain a healthy weight. It is fairly easy to adopt The Diet Detox lifestyle. It can be summarized in 10 steps; eat protein and fiber at every meal, check your starches, clock your meals, eat fat, watch the sugar, indulge intentionally, supplement smartly, get enough sleep, drink water, and exercise. The Diet Detox is for those who want to lose weight permanently and stay healthy without a fad diet.


Different-colored fruits and vegetables contain different vitamins and minerals, but beyond that, food that looks great also tastes better. In The Colorful Kitchen, Ilene Godofsky Moreno says, “When you fill your plate with a rainbow of colors, you are not only adding flavor, texture, and visual appeal but also filling your plate with nutrients.” Ilene Godofsky Moreno is right that counting colors is way more fun than counting calories, carbs, and fat. Beginning a meal by saying ‘this looks delicious!’ rather than ‘I wonder how many calories are in this?’ helps cultivate a healthier relationship with food. Ilene Godofsky Moreno says when you eat whole foods and your meals taste and look delicious and you know everything on your plate is great for you without having to crunch any numbers, the experience of cooking and eating is even more nourishing. The delicious and full-of-nutrition recipes range from ‘Chocolate Superfood Smoothie’ to Carrot Cake Oatmeal’ to ‘Chickpea Tuna Salad Sandwich’ to ‘Whole Roasted Tahini Cauliflower.’ The Colorful Kitchen recipes are addictive.

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