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Publisher's Summary

Master entrepreneur, original hip-hop mogul, and three-time New York Times best-selling author Russell Simmons offers an inspiring guide to the benefits of conscious eating and veganism.

In the New York Times best seller Success Through Stillness, Russell Simmons shared how meditation can be used as a powerful tool to access potential in all aspects of life, having seen himself how achieving inner peace led to outward success.

In The Happy Vegan, Simmons shares how once he started practicing yoga and meditation, he became more conscious of his choices, particularly the choices he made regarding his diet. Simmons first adopted a vegetarian and then vegan diet and almost immediately began to experience the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of eating green and clean. He delves into research about mindful eating, the links between stress and poor eating habits, the importance of listening to your body, and the well-documented problems associated with eating animal products and processed foods along with tips on how to transition to a vegan diet.

Drawing on his own experience, the experiences of others, and science and research on the health benefits of conscious eating and veganism, The Happy Vegan is an accessible and inspiring guide to help others make the move toward a vegan diet and a more successful, focused, and purposeful life.

©2015 Russell Simmons and Chris Morrow (P)2015 Penguin Audio

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Amazing from beginning to end!

This book gave me life! I was already thinking vegan. I saw Russell Simmons on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday. He talked about being vegan and meditation. So....I bought the book! It was like an investment. I went through it so fast that I was disappointed when it ended. He explained the benefits from all angles. I really liked that everything wasn't just from his perspective...he referenced so many others. My favorite part was when he explained that its okay when we mess up because we're human (just pick back up and keep it moving...he even gave examples). That was huge for me. The book ended with helpful resources for vegans and also with a snippet of info on meditation....it was just enough good listening about meditation to entice me to buy his book Success Through Stillness...

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Enlightening!! A must read/listen

I feel like I've been living on another planet and I'm the alien. I still thought our food came from farms. This book is a AHA moment. Thank you so much for the information that lead me to Food Inc and other videos. This makes my shift to vegan and meditation very meaningful. I've been attending hot yoga classes for the last year and a half, but still did not know anything about the animal abuse. Thanks again for the eye opener. I haven't been keeping this to myself. I've been sharing this with anyone that will listen. Peace and Blessings. Tanya of Maryland

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Good Intro to Veganism

This book is a good overview of veganism that might be more approachable than something like "How Not to Die" or "The China Study". I like how Simmons intertwined veganism with a more compassionate and self-aware lifestyle. If you are already vegan, this book doesn't provide anything new or astounding, but is interesting and will certainly reaffirm what you already believe.

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A Powerful Tool!!!

Loved this book!! I am already Vegan but it reminded me of the reasons why I choose this lifestyle (compassion for animals) and gave me more reasons to be grateful for my decision (better health and a stronger body). I have been putting of meditation and yoga for awhile but after finishing this book I am getting started!!
The narration by Black Ice was perfect.

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Loved it!

I've been vegan going on 4 months and never felt better. I've lost 15 Pounds and counting. Just more reassurance this was the best choice for me and the in site on yoga tying directly to it is motivation to start that as well.

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Informative and Good Book

Would you try another book from Russell Simmons and Chris Morrow and/or Black Ice?

Yes, I would. I love Russell Simmons and appreciate him wanting to educate and help people find "happiness". Black Ice narrated the book well and I enjoyed his voice.

If you’ve listened to books by Russell Simmons and Chris Morrow before, how does this one compare?

I have not listened to other Russell Simmons books.

What does Black Ice bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Narrator has a great voice for the book. Sounds natural, flows and easy to understand. Some narrators annoy me after about 15 minutes, so I was able to listen through the whole book.

Was The Happy Vegan worth the listening time?

The Happy Vegan was a good book but was filled with information that I knew. It was somewhat worth the listening time. I feel like the story was 50% statistics so it was information I could get off the internet, but I love that Russell is sharing his experience and an advocate for better health in US.

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couldn't stop listening ...

started listening this morning & haven't been able to stop. very well written & it spoke to me in a way that was reasonable & to the point. not sugar coated nor demeaning. IT WAS RIGHT ON TIME!!

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Great perspective and explanation

This book was a pleasure to listen to. I'm already vegan but found it informational and inspiring. My husband, a near-vegetarian, appears now to be heading more into a veg/vegan lifestyle. Russell Simmons' approach to his choices and other peoples' is --in my humble opinion--rational, appropriate and extremely thoughtful. Thank you!!

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Amazing start for a vegan lifestyle!

I enjoyed listening to every second of this book! I decided to become a vegan right before o started it, and the book grounded my decision in every aspect possible. I even feel like I am best friends with Russell now, and will sure look for his book regarding yoga and meditation. I definitely recommend it!


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Covers all reasons to switch to plants ...

Enjoyed his practical approach to transitioning to a plant based diet as well as his explanation of both philosophical and spiritual reasons to change. He is very honest about his own journey.

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  • Em
  • 06-30-17

good

What did you like most about The Happy Vegan?

the light hearted story telling that delivered a message

Any additional comments?

I am new to being vegan, and I listened to this to give me encouragement. It did, the chapter on animal cruelty ruined my day because its so awful to hear... but it made me strong and gave me resolve to stick to what I have started.
I struggle to see meat in the same way now, and there is a sense of relief in my soul now that I don't eat animals... I feel creative and excited about food now... herbs, spices... trying new vegetables. life is good.

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  • Jennifer
  • 01-12-17

Great book about the inconvenient truth

Although it takes a 10 minute to get used to the American-ness of this audio, it's a really interesting book about the inconvenient truth of the horrific processes that surround consuming animal products.
It was preaching to the converted for me but I still learnt and enjoyed listening 👍🏻

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  • Lucy
  • 12-05-16

Frisky and informative

I'm new to veganism and I wanted to get some inspiration and some information - not so much to convince my self but to give my self some back up when under close family questioning ....
I wanted to find something that would appeal to my two teenage sons also -
This audible has been fantastic for both these tasks - the delivery is pacey and brisk - full of warmth and personal stories You will have noticed, I'm sure, that there are plenty of inspired young women offering 'clean eating' guides out there but I found this a very welcome change of perspective and definitely something my teenagers felt more able to relate to.
There are plenty of facts/statistics/references for those who'd like quantifiable information and there's spiritual inspiration also.
Having given up my transcendental meditation practice more than a decade ago the very clear and straightforward instructions at the end of the book have inspired me to start again -
The reading quality couldn't be clearer-
I thoroughly recommend this book.
Many thanks audible.

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  • Colin
  • 10-03-16

Inspiring Book

Would you consider the audio edition of The Happy Vegan to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version however I found the book and in particular the speaker very inspiring. I have just started my vegan journey and I needed some encouragement and proof of it's benefits, and I got that in great quantity. Excellent writing and at a pace that kept you interested all the time.

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  • Mohan Mahtani
  • 08-22-17

Great listening

Hard hitting but well worth it cause illnesses caused by consuming meat from very badly treated and very badly killed animals is good to know in order to make a choice. Many don't realize just how unsustainable meat production is how very polluting and destructive to the environment. All this is explained bluntly and candidly in this book.

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  • kayh
  • 06-28-16

FAB guide to transitioning to & staying vegan

What made the experience of listening to The Happy Vegan the most enjoyable?

It was really interesting, easy to listen to and very informative. It was full of things I had questions about, and stuff I haven't thought about yet.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Happy Vegan?

I loved the section about the angry vegan and it really made sense.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-22-16

interesting and accessible intro to veganism

I really enjoyed this book and it has helped me make the transition to veganism. I particularly valued the relatable anecdotes, practical tips, and the overall non-judgemental and down to earth approach. Would definitely recommend to anyone considering veganism or who would like to understand more about why people do it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-29-18

A few good chapters but disappointing overall

I found the narration to be really aggressive and almost unbearable to listen to. It stressed me out! Try before you buy!!!

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  • Mel
  • 06-10-18

Essential reading!

This book appealed to me because I love old school hip hop, and just happened to discover it existed a couple of months after realising the need to go vegan.
Though hip hop wasn’t a huge feature, having such a respected & accomplished figure talk about his experiences and journey to veganism while being in that culture made it all the more inspiring & attainable.
There was a small section on yoga/meditation which I haven’t personally adopted (yet) but he talks a lot of sense.
I highly recommend this book, and wish more people took notice of the concepts within it - for the sake of our own health, the environment, and of course, the abused animals who suffer and die every day.

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  • Sunshine
  • 11-26-17

Wow

Great listen for the answer to many questions.
I enjoyed the honesty of the author and the clear simple message it conveys.
I also enjoyed the non preaching way its written and know it has certainly confirmed to me what it is I am seeking.

The addition of the meditation help is extremely helpful because I have struggled for years to embark and embrace meditation and now I feel comfortable to sit with myself and welcome consciousnesses in my life.

Thank you
Namaste

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-10-17

Interesting. More aimed at non-vegans though.

I found the chapters on factory farming to be educational and heart wrenching. The abundance of food alternative ideas were great. I think this book is more for people who are thinking about being vegan rather than practising vegans. All in all this was well worth the purchase!

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  • Hattie
  • 08-28-17

Informative and well structured

An easy listen with facts and information that make sense and is easy to digest. You feel like the author has authority to speak due to his background. Russell has knowledge and experience and provides the listener with honesty throughout. The chapters are broken down into valid points. It does get a little intense with the topic at times but overall it's an insightful and inspiring book that I would highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-24-17

Brilliant from start to finish.

This book is a must read for everyone! It covers so much more than I expected.