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This review includes a giveaway for readers in the US and Canada. Please read on!
I’m very happy to be a stop on the blog tour for Lani Muelrath’s latest book, The Plant-Based Journey. Lani is an award winning teacher, speaker and mindful living and plant based lifestyle coach. Lani’s website and blog are great– I especially like her blog entries focusing on animals and her travels!
Lani appeared on CBS TV recently and you can catch the five minute segment here:
My own vegan journey began nearly four years ago primarily for health reasons. I’d been stocking up on the animal protein when I was weight training as I believed, like many, that I needed a meat and egg filled diet to increase my muscle mass. My friend and trainer was vegan and pointed out the benefits of plant based eating and suggested some resources to read. Soon after reading those resources, I made the decision to stop eating animal products.
Since then, I’ve always been on the lookout for new resources I can recommend and pass on to people to help encourage them to make the shift to plant based living. Similarly, I look for resources that vegans and plant based dieters can use too if they feel their diet habits need improvement, especially with moving towards including more whole foods. Lani’s book is a great source of information that I happily reach for to share with others and to give myself a refresher course.
The Plant-Based Journey is subtitled A Step-by-Step Guide for Transitioning to a Healthy Lifestyle and Achieving Your Ideal Weight. The sections in the book are laid out in a very user friendly way and present information in an easy to understand manner that helps you both begin and maintain a plant based journey of your own. Lani mentions that when people seek out her help for moving to a plant based diet, she finds they need help with setting up their kitchen but also with giving consideration to their previous ways of thinking and eating. I see this echoed all the time in conversations I have, or exchanges I read online and there are many stories of people who did try but felt information-overloaded or they had a lot of the knowledge ready to be put in to action but didn’t know how to put it all in motion! I particularly liked the chapter on navigating social and family situations and encouraging children to get on board, a challenge I face in my home from time to time.
Lani is also known for her fitness education work and she includes an informative chapter on the importance of physical movement. Lani also writes about mastering strength of mind and building the foundations to support you mentally on your plant based journey. There are reader stories throughout the book too.
There’s a recipe section, with some of the recipes being more for quick meals that you can get on the table in around ten minutes (those recipes are marked with a symbol). The recipes don’t have photos and that’s fine with me as this is an educational, information sharing resource and not a cookbook in the traditional sense. I’ve made a few of the recipes, first up the Pumpkin Muffins. These are oil free and sweetened with dates, raisins and applesauce. We took these outside and enjoyed them with some stewed rhubarb and apple ‘jam’ (I often call home made sugar-free stewed fruit ‘jam’, works in my house!). I swapped the flour for a combination of wholemeal spelt and wholemeal flour (the recipe calls for whole wheat pastry flour, which I don’t believe we can get here in Australia):
l love love love these Lime Chipotle Chickpeas. They’re my new favourite way of eating chickpeas. I made the roasting option but forgot to drain off the marinade. Which didn’t bother me one bit because it’s all delicious! I made some corn tortillas and anticipate this being on regular rotation for me:
I also made the Portobello Pot Roast, using home made vegetable stock instead of the stated wine. This was really tasty and a great way of using up those mushrooms which I always buy with good intention but kinda forget about!
This is the kind of book I would have loved to have available when I became vegan. I often hear people say things like “I’d like to go plant based but it seems too hard”. My personal experience is that it isn’t hard at all, so I think Lani’s book is incredibly useful for people who need a bit of guidance and the confidence with making the switch.
If you would like to catch up with the previous stops on the blog book tour, here they are:
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Thanks to BenBella books for having me as a stop on the book tour and for providing a hard copy of The Plant-Based Journey for a giveaway! This giveaway is for readers in the US and Canada.
To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment below telling me your favourite quick and easy way of upping the veggie content in your meals– or do you drink your veggies in smoothie/juice form like me?!
The giveaway runs for two weeks and will end on October 14th at 23:59 AEST.
Disclaimer: I received a review copy of The Plant-Based Journey from BenBella Books. All opinions are my own and I happily recommend this book to you!