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A journey to healthy eating with Joan Taylor

Published:Thursday | August 18, 2016 | 8:00 AMJody-Anne Lawrence
Author Joan E. Taylor poses with her book.
Taylor's Daniel Chilli served with pumpkin, a treat for vegans and non-vegans alike.
This black bean in tomato sauce is one of Taylor's favourites.
This lentil in curry sauce has you quickly forgetting about meat.
Host of the book launch Suzette Pitter gets ready to have a feast.
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Sometimes it takes something life-changing to really put things into perspective and give you a new lease on life.

That's the case for Joan E. Taylor, who had to make a drastic dietary change that led to her first book.

Taylor recently launched her book titled Journey to Eating Healthy a collection of vegetarian recipes. However, Taylor is not a vegan, just someone looking for a healthier lifestyle.

While she wanted to share her recipes and some of what she learnt about food and a healthy lifestyle, she also wanted to share her story to show persons who might be going through a rough patch that they can overcome.

Taylor found herself in a financial crisis a few years ago and needed to make a few lifestyle changes, but she didn't expect one of the changes would be her diet. She was introduced to a budget-friendly, healthy diet by a teenager who was staying at her home. These dishes also helped her improve her health and her mood.

She thus decided to share a few of these dishes in her book, along with her story. At the launch, Taylor had some of the dishes on display - Daniel's Chilli, a tasty kidney beans chilli and black beans in tomato sauce dish, which is one of her favourites.

Taylor hopes that this will encourage a healthy lifestyle, since these are cost-effective, delectable dishes that are suitable for everyone.