Joyful, Delicious, Vegan

Life Without Heart Disease




Live a Healthy,
Vegan Life!

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, Sherra 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. She 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 Sherra’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. By feeding our health and not disease, we set in motion a chain of positive events—physical, mental, and emotional—that are healing and transformational. 

Message from the Author

Throughout my adult life I have had a keen interest in promoting and maintaining my own health and the health of those around me. This includes extensive reading and attention to books, articles and research on diet, lifestyle and environmental issues all of which led me to natural solutions for good health and quality of life. In addition to a plant-based diet, meditation and yoga have been important contributors to my journey of whole-self care for more than 25 years.

Although anyone can benefit from my book and work, I have a special focused on my fellow African Americans, particularly women, because we are on the front lines of a national health crisis. Historically in America we have had to challenge the status quo on most fronts in order to survive.  Today restricted access to wholesome food, nutrition and comprehensive health care are perfect examples of where we must find solutions to thrive. These solutions have their roots literally in the soil, and in our West African history of herbal medicine and organic farming, popularized across the American South. Now combined with current and evolving scientific evidence of the health benefits of a whole plant-based diet, it is even more important that we reimagine our food traditions.

Yes, we can absolutely enjoy great health and great food! In Joyful, Delicious,Vegan: Life Without Heart Disease I will share food shopping guides, simple prep methods and recipes to enjoy a wide variety of familiar and some not so familiar, delicious, nutrient packed foods on a budget and on a busy schedule. Readers will learn how to avoid the advertising traps for unhealthy food disguised as something that is good for us. Great tasting whole foods have the power to disease-proof us, and our families, and to reverse chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease and even common cancers which affect our communities disproportionately.

I wake up every day and am grateful for my health, the enjoyment of simple delicious foods and the feeling of abundance they represent. I want to empower others both inside and outside of our community, to experience the same for themselves and their families. Just as importantly I want to increase the awareness of the connection between our bodies’ own intelligence and that of our natural environment, and especially the healing power of whole foods and herbs fresh from our Earth.

An experience eleven years ago changed the way I would think about my body and my health forever.  I decided to make an investment in myself by spending a week at a health and detox spa in the California desert, something I had never done before. I was fighting burnout at work and coping with the recent death of my mother.  The spa founder, Susana Belen was the most energetic sixty-something year old I had ever met.  During one of her sessions she shared a powerful metaphor with the class. Susana asked us to visualize the trillions of cells in our bodies, each of which faithfully performs a very specific function necessary for our health. Each of these tiny, microscopic entities exists for no other reason than to promote our well being according to its functional “intelligence.”  She spoke with a quiet passion about their unconditional love and devotion to us in a way that made me believe that I could feel that love.  

 That night in my small cabin, after my evening meditation, I started to sob and could not stop for what seemed like 15 to 20 minutes. Looking back, I know that the stresses of work and the loss of my mother had weighed on me heavily for several months, and that somehow coming to this place and meeting Susana was part of my healing process. It was the voice however that she gave to each tiny cell in my body that touched my heart. That night alone in my room, I experienced a flood of gratitude and humility to be the recipient of such love, unacknowledged, unearned and so freely given, and I continue to feel it strongly to this day.  The behavior of our cells is the very definition of unconditional love! Because I am now aware of this wondrous intelligence within me and in every one of us, in every living creature and Earth itself, I want to return this love each and every day. Love is our most powerful motivator for good health and a joyful life.

Editorial Reviews

Joyful, Delicious, Vegan: Life Without Heart Disease  shows you how to use whole plant foods and mindful living to bring health and joy to every stage of your life.” 

Brian Wendel

Founder and President of Forks Over Knives

“Joyful, Delicious, Vegan: Life Without Heart Disease is an inspiring guide to achieving the very best of health. The power of foods is surprising—even life-changing—and this immensely practical book will guide you to putting it to use.” 

Neal D. Barnard

MD, FACC Adjunct Professor, George Washington University School of Medicine President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

“The late Malcom X once stated that Black women in the United States have historically been under the greatest attack in our society. After practicing cardiology for more than 20 years, I have come to know firsthand that the greatest threat to our Black women has been heart disease. Heart disease is the number one killer of all United States citizens and Black women die the most.  We are literally at war.  However, we are blessed with brave warriors like Sherra Aguirre.  In Joyful, Delicious, Vegan: Life Without Heart Disease, Sherra outlines a powerful, effective battle plan to defeat heart disease. This must-read book serves as both an inspiring health journey and a stepwise health guide for anyone battling heart disease or any other chronic illness.  This book will enhance the health and life of anyone who reads it and follows its path!”

Baxter Montgomery

MD, FACC, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology/Cardiac Electrophysiology, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston; Medical Director, Montgomery Heart and Wellness

“A great health resource for everyone concerned with our deteriorating health in a world of scientific advances that should be improving it, this book is a journey back to health by going back to basics―by recognizing, appreciating, and returning the love of our body’s highly evolved 60-trillion cells, working hard 24/7 to keep us healthy. It shows us our own ability to heal disease by paying absolute attention to what we are feeding them, by changing our diets in ways that ensure their wellbeing.”

Elisabet Sahtouris

PhD, evolution biologist & futurist, author of Gaia's Dance: the Story of Earth & Us

“Sherra Aguirre has written a thoughtful, well-researched book combining nutrition science, medicine and her personal inner awareness, which will serve our community well in this era of rapid transformation. May her words resonate with you in your journey towards optimum health and global wellbeing.”

Sailesh Rao

PhD, systems specialist and founder of Climate Healers non-profit, author of Carbon Yoga: The Vegan Metamorphosis and executive producer of Cowspiracy, The Sustainability Secret, and What the Health

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