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The Happy Vegan

A Guide to Living a Long, Healthy, and Successful Life
Narrated by: Black Ice
Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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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, 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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  • fab
  • 2018-09-18

A real eye opener!

Thanks you for writing those book. Everyone should listen to it, this book is a real eye opener!
We as human are capable of must better, hoping that learning about those issues, it will incite more people to change.
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  • Jeela S. Matthews
  • 2015-12-29

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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  • Tanya Whitehurst
  • 2016-02-24

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-08-09

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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  • Eric
  • 2016-04-13

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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  • Jane Ross
  • 2016-05-17

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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  • Vee
  • 2016-04-11

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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  • Yolanda
  • 2016-01-18

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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  • Adam Glenn
  • 2015-12-30

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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  • Ana Murta
  • 2015-11-30

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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  • Carol E Herring
  • 2016-04-12

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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  • Sebastian
  • 2018-04-13

Great guide

A great motivator for a sustainable lifestyle !
good facts about health and sustainability