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Secrets of my Vegan Kitchen: A Journey into Reversing My Diabetes without Medication by Nara Schuler is an eye-opening book about the benefits of a plant-based, whole foods lifestyle. The first third of the book follows Schuler’s story from her early eating habits, into her sickness, and, finally, her discovery of a new way of living that changed the course of her life, saving her from a lifetime of medication and pain. After describing her journey, Schuler shares some of her favorite recipes in hopes of helping anyone who might want to explore this lifestyle, showing them how to make mouth-watering and, most importantly, healthy dishes.
About five years ago, I made the transition to a vegan lifestyle, myself. Though I made the change for ethical reasons, I also do my best to eat as healthfully and naturally as I can. As someone who has been through the difficult lifestyle changes Schuler discusses, I can’t stress enough how spot-on Secrets of my Vegan Kitchen is. A whole foods, plant-based diet can have nearly magical effects on the body, from helping you lose weight and feel energized, to assisting in the battle of deadly diseases.
At first glance, Secrets of my Vegan Kitchen appears clean and well-structured. It is broken up into organized chapters that provide a wealth of information on both Schuler’s personal life and the reasons to go vegan. The personal struggles she speaks of makes her story relatable, and, instead of preaching and forcing, she simply shares the information that has changed her life, hoping to help people who may be struggling with similar issues. The recipes she shares are simple, healthy, and easy to follow. A few of the recipes include pictures, and, while they are beautifully crafted, they are in black and white, which, unfortunately, deadens their impact.
I rate Secrets of my Vegan Kitchen 4 out of 4 stars. Aside from a handful of grammatical issues, the book is clean and professional. The information on Nara Schuler’s life, eating habits, and journey is intriguing, and once I started, I couldn’t put the book down. I am excited to work my way through many of the delicious sounding recipes she has shared.
This is a book I would recommend to anyone and everyone. It is never too early nor too late to make a lifestyle change that will impact your health for the better. Switching to a vegan, whole foods diet can seem daunting, but Schuler offers her story, words of encouragement, and fantastic recipes, making the process less intimidating. Secrets of my Vegan Kitchen is sure to change the lives of many people.
Secrets of My Vegan Kitchen
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