Oct 7, 2013

Meatless Monday: Shawn Kirsten Maravel - Know Thy Neighbor

On Mondays I will be featuring fellow vegetarian and vegan book people. Today on the blog, I have an author, client, and friend who started juicing with me a few months ago. Her progress was amazing to watch, and her health and weight improved dramatically. I hope you enjoy her story and recipe!

Shawn Kirsten Maravel - Know Thy Neighbor

Why I Started Juicing

I started juicing after watching the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. I HIGHLY recommend that everyone watch it.

Initially I juiced to get back into shape after having my son. I had gained 36lbs while pregnant and I hadn't been at my ideal weight when I'd gotten pregnant to begin with.

So along with a healthy (clean) diet and a regular workout regiment, I juiced daily. I'd make a pitcher of fresh juice every day and drink the whole thing throughout the day which equally about two and a half glasses.

In the end I lost the 36lbs AND an extra 13lbs. on top of it. Not only was I looking better but I felt great.

My Favorite Vegan Recipe

Mean Green Juice

  • 1 cucumber
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 2 apples
  • 6-8 leaves kale
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp ginger

  1. Wash all produce well.
  2. Peel the lemon, optional.
  3. Juice all ingredients.
  4. Pour over ice.
  5. Enjoy!

• Pub Date: December 25, 2012
• Publisher: CreateSpace
• Format: Paperback, 220 pages
• Age Range: Adult

Evangeline has already lost everything once. She's no stranger to reassembling the shambles of her life and trying to make peace with the outcome of the greatest tragedy that she's ever had to face. But when a life of selling antiques in the Lower East Side proves to be less than enough to maintain her meager lifestyle, she turns to the pages of her thriller novels for distraction. When a mysterious new tenant moves into the apartment above hers, she indulges her desire for danger and adventure by trying to figure out exactly who the stranger in 6C is. In time, the intrigue about a neighbor she has yet to actually see, isn't enough to keep her distracted from the threat of having to close down her shop and start from scratch for the second time. Just as she tries to refocus her attention to breathing life back into her business, she meets the handsome stranger for the first time and she loses sight of everything else. Soon her life takes on the exciting appeal of her novels and she can't seem to get enough. But as she draws closer to the mystery tenant, she discovers that the danger is real and her life is left in the hands of a dangerous killer.

Shawn was born and raised in rural New Jersey where she met her husband while attending high school together. When her husband received his first duty station orders with the U.S. Army, they picked up and moved to Ansbach, Germany in late 2008.

Shawn's professional writing career starter in November 2009, when her husband deployed to Iraq for a year. It was in that time that she wrote her two-book young adult paranormal series Volition.

In 2011, Shawn wrote her third novel, The Wanderer. In 2012 she completed both Shifting Gears and Know Thy Neighbor.

Since the birth of her son in late January 2013, Shawn has completed her first screenplay based on her novel The Wanderer.

Her future writing aspirations are to continue novel writing as well as screenplay writing, not only for her own novels but future projects as well.

Find Shawn:
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