Thursday, April 25, 2019

A Vegan Challenge complete with cookbook and vegan beauty products: VEGAN CHALLENGE by Lisa Montgomery

Soft Cover - $17.99 US/$22.00 CAN
Buy it on Amazon
ISBN: 9781578267729
Talk to a meat 'n potatoes guy about "vegan" and you'll likely get a revolt! Talk to a dyed-in-the-wool Southern cook and you're likely to get a "Really?" exclamation and that "look" that only Southern gals can give. But "vegan" is real, is widely adhered to, and is a necessary diet choice for many. So let's define "vegan."
  • noun: vegan; plural noun: vegans - a person who does not eat or use animal products. "I'm a strict vegan"
  • adjective: vegan - using or containing no animal products. "a vegan diet"
But just what does that really mean? It means no meat or animal products in one's food sources. So no cooking with butter. No meat dishes. All vegetable and/or fruit prepared in any way, shape, or form. Raw, cooked, chopped, sliced, diced, stewed, fried. Just NO MEAT.

But it goes way beyond that..... it means you don't rub it on your skin. It means you don't lather up in the bath with soaps made of animal fats. It means you watch your cosmetics. Hmmmmm..... that means you have to be a real watch-guard on the products you use. So, today we're thinking "vegan" here on Chat With Vera......

Vegan Challenge: The 30-Day Program for Eating Healthier and Improving Your Diet with Vegan Foods by Lisa Montgomery

My thoughts:  The book begins with the author's story of how she developed food allergies - gluten, peanuts, dairy. This was 30 years ago. She was faced with continuing ill health or the reality of an option to change her diet and eliminating the foods she was allergic to or she could take a bunch of drugs and keep eating the way she was. She chose to seek a higher ground and change her life - specifically what she ate.

As I look through this beautifully done book and read her intro-story, I thought how glad I am that she found relief and direction through a means different from the medical system. But I also thought, upon looking at some of the recipes, that newbies to the Vegan scene might need to tweak the recipes since some of the products would seem foreign to them and might even be difficult to find in one's average grocery store.

That being said, there is a tremendous amount of information and beautiful recipes pictured and described to try to dip one's feet (or perhaps, fork) into the Vegan pool.

I have a daughter and granddaughter who must follow gluten free diets and they watch everything. They are in consultation with a specialist in that field of allergies and their changes have borne positive fruit. Perhaps taking the 30-Day Vegan Challenge you can "Discover a Happier, Healthier You!"

About the book:  Take the 30-Day Vegan Challenge and Discover a Happier, Healthier You! The secret to building successful healthy habits is commitment and consistency. That’s what makes Vegan Challenge a fun and easy way to adopt a healthy vegan lifestyle—all in just 30 days!

About the author: Lisa Montgomery is not only an author but a holistic health care practitioner, assoc. raw chef, gardener, as well as, a motivational and inspirational speaker.

Lisa's first degree is in business. She got certified as an assoc. raw chef instructor at the Living Light Culinary Institute of Raw Foods in Ft. Bragg, Calif and got certified as a Holistic Health Care Practitioner in New York, NY.

Lisa became passionate about health and wellness after facing health challenges 16 years ago caused by food allergies and candida. The changes she made led her to transform her started with changing the diet but the growth emotionally and spiritually have been phenomenal. She knows how much changing her lifestyle has benefited her life positively and prays the same for you.

Lisa's first book "Raw Inspiration, Living Dynamically With Raw Foods" was released in 2009 by Martin Pearl Publishing. "Raw Garden", "Liquid Raw" and "Raw Potluck" are released in 2011 by Hatherleigh, Division of Random House. Be sure to go to Lisa's website and/or face book page to keep current 

More to the Challenge

COSMETICS - BATH - CANDLES: You can count on Good Earth Beauty lip balms, soaps, perfumes, and many of their other products to be Vegan and natural.

Natural, vegan soaps 

On the Good Earth Beauty web-store there are a variety of vendors of vegan and natural body washing products. Today we're looking at the Good Earth  Beauty Exclusives line and I have the Argan Soap. I have also used the Pumpkin Spice and Lavender soaps and they are just absolutely fabulous. It is all natural and Vegan!

Did you know they also have a fabulous Vegan soap "Caffeine With Peppermint & Spearmint Oils." This is an all natural moisturizing caffeine soap with peppermint and spearmint oils 4.5 oz bar & Made by Good Earth Beauty Exclusives, Check out the ingredients.... Ingredients: saponified organic oils of olive, coconut, palm and shea butter, coffee, peppermint and spearmint essential oil, coffee grinds. Click Here for GEB Soaps

Lavender Mint Soy Candle 

This lovely, fragrant candle is made with soy wax and cotton wicks and wonderful essential oils. The mint is definitely strong but when lit it is definitely not overpowering. Now what might one experience when you have lit this candle and your room is wafting the fragrance and uplifting sense of well-being?

For a bit of aromatherapy using this lovely candle you might experience..... Lavender is known for its calming and soothing effect. It is said that the scent of lavender can decrease the heart rate and help you relax. Peppermint has the ability to sooth, calm, and aid in the management of mental fatigue. It is also considered effective in the control of nausea from chemo treatments, post surgical, as well as general illness with nausea. (Information from varied internet sources.)

So I am highly recommending you acquire one of the Lavender-Mint Candles. Then take a good relaxing, soaking bath with your candle emitting its fantastically wonderful aromatherapy and lather up with a wonderful Good Earth Beauty Exclusives natural and vegan soap.

About the candles: Our all natural, soy based, slow burning candle will help you relax and enjoy the moment.  Soy based with natural fragrance and essential oils. Choose from a variety of scents.  Glass jar - 4 Ounces. Free of:  parabens, pesticides, petroleum, propylene glycol, phthalates, sulfates, artificial colors. Made in small batches in the USA by Good Earth Beauty CLICK HERE for GEB Candles
The Prize
(Fragrance of candle & soap choice of GEB)

GIVEAWAY ~ $37 Value
Book: "Vegan Challenge"
GOOD EARTH BEAUTY Soy Candle & Bar Soap
Begins April 26
Ends May 25 at 12:01 a.m. EDT
Open to USA and CANADA
No P.O. Boxes & Phone Number required for winner.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of the book and of the products to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own, alone, and are freely given. Winner's prize will be provided and shipped directly to the winner by publicist and/or author and Good Earth Beauty.

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