The Good Karma Diet is not a diet book in the usual sense. Author Victoria Moran explains that it is The Good Karma Life – a way of living and eating based on a vegan perspective. Her conviction is that this lifestyle puts you in harmony with the needs of your body and the calling of your spirit.
If you have been on my site for other reviews, you’ll see that I’ve written about many diets. The book acknowledges that there are many diets out there. They do all seem to agree that:
- Processed/ manufactured foods, when consumed in excess or to the exclusion of natural foods, are harmful.
- Whole foods are the best for you.
- Refined sugar and high-fructose corn syrups or other concentrated sweeteners – maple syrup, agave nectar – are to be consumed only occasionally.
The principles of the Good Karma diet are very simple:
- comprise your meals of plants instead of animals
- choose unprocessed plant foods
The good karma that results from this diet is the health gains by eating food of high nutrient density and avoiding animal products and processed foods. The second, more mystical, belief is by doing good, you get back good. Ms Moran describes doing good as not killing animal life and lessening your environmental burden on the planet.
There is no specified meal plan in this diet. It is suggested that the reader wean off animal and processed food product over a one year period. Here is a step-by-step plan to achieve a vegan lifestyle:
- January 1 – no longer consume chickens and eggs
- May 1 – abandon fish
- September 1- eliminate all flesh
- December 1 – remove dairy products
Ms Moran outlines her philosophy, “Phasing out animals foods is the most important aspect of the Good Karma diet. You can eat plants and save lives. You can give your life exponentially more meaning by living in a way that decreases suffering just because you got up and chose a kind breakfast. Without this commitment, the Good Karma Diet would be … just a diet.”
The Good Karma Diet explores the idea that looking and feeling great is actually quite simple: Treat our planet and all its inhabitants well. By doing what’s best for all creatures and the planet, you align your eating with your ethics which becomes your health and wellness tool.