I could not have been more thrilled when I learned that Lani Muelrath was working on The Plant-Based Journey -A Step-by-Step Guide for Transitioning to a Healthy Lifestyle and Achieving Your Ideal Weight.* I had a HUGE hunch that this book would be filled with endless, helpful knowledge regarding this amazing Plant-Based lifestyle. I was right!! As long as I have known Lani, she has never hesitated to put herself out there, by reaching out to so many of us with suggestions, tips, and even her own personal experiences, to help guide us in our path to lead a healthier life. You guys are going to fall in love with this book. Promise.
I began my plant-based journey four years ago, and I feel as though my experiences (good and bad) have been plenty. If only I could turn back time to four years ago (actually, to when I was born would be nice, lol), and have this book planted in my lap (Ha~I made a funny). WOW!!! In the book, Lani mentions that she has been on this journey for over four decades. Say WHAT?? Four decades? Now that is someone I want to learn from. That is someone I want to hang onto every word regarding this lifestyle, and soak up all of her knowledge I possibly can. THAT is someone who can help ME along in my journey.
How about you? Are you new to this lifestyle? Have you been plant-based for a while? Leave a comment below to enter our GIVEAWAY of The Plant-Based Journey. Open to U.S. and Canada readers only. Tell us why you are interested in learning more about a plant-based lifestyle, or why you chose to pursue your plant-based journey. Winner will be chosen randomly, and announced on the blog Tuesday, September 8th. (Update at the bottom of this post -Winner of our Giveaway)
Ok, back to the book. Check out the complete Table of Contents here, so you can see for yourself why I am so excited.
I enjoyed many sections in this book. I was shaking my head, at all of the information that Lani covers, that I learned the “hard way” on my journey. Information that would have been great to know, prior to beginning this lifestyle. For example, in Chapter 4, Lani discusses fiber. For those that are plant-based already, you KNOW where I am headed with this. I was one of those peeps that jumped straight into this lifestyle, and went from eating pretty much ZERO fiber (I mean come on, I ate fast food everyday -is there fiber in fast food? There you have it), to everything I started eating had fiber. Talk about tummy issues, and more tummy issues, and did I mention tummy issues? I will spare you the details, lol. Well, Lani discusses in the book the importance of fiber in our diet, and how it impacts our health. She also mentions that if you were like I was prior to eating plant-based (fyi -fiber deficient), that it might take some time for our body to adjust, and work our way up to the higher fiber content that a plant-based lifestyle entails. Basically, ease in more slowly. Great info to know. I know that may sound silly to some, but this is info I would have loved to have read, and learned about prior to all those tummy issues in the beginning.
That was just an example of one small section that hit home to me. The entire book is filled with inspiration, motivation, along with the “why’s”, the “how to’s”. Lani gives us readers every opportunity to jump in, and give this amazing lifestyle a try. As she eloquently points out, we do not need to worry about being “plant perfect”, just “perfect enough”. I LOVE that! Honestly, just take it one day at a time, one meal at a time, one vegetable at a time. Lani gives us all of the knowledge, and tools needed to set us up for plant-based success. The choice is ours if we want to use it.
Lani also gathered over 1,200 responses to surveys about personal experiences on the plant-based journey. She asked specific questions regarding what readers found helped them successfully advance along this path, and what worked for them. I do not know about you, but I am always inspired, and motivated by others that are living this lifestyle successfully. She shares many stories, and readers tips from those just like you and I.
Another favorite section in this book was Chapter 8: Creating Systems for Success. She includes easy plant-based meal planners, go-to meals, and numerous recipe templates. Most of the time, all I need is a great template to start with, so I can create healthy, delicious, plant-based meals. These templates will definitely be used frequently. She has included templates for breakfast, salads, burgers, sauces, spreads, bowls, soups, etc… The opportunity for delicious, plant-based meals are definitely there if you choose to give it a whirl.
Speaking of healthy, delicious meals. Here are a couple of recipes I devoured from the book. They paired well together, and I am always in the mood for some yummy chili. Pictured below is Lani’s Game-Changer Chili, and Country Comfort Corn Bread. Recipes shared with permission from publisher, BenBella Books, Inc.
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Whether you are new to this lifestyle, been on this journey for a bit, or just curious about it, I could not recommend this book enough. Lani has answers to your questions, suggestions, and tips on what will work best for your journey. Lani provides you all the resources to support this lifestyle that you could ask for. Curious to what a plant-based plate looks like? Grab this book. Lani’s book will help you, and support you every step of the way.
What are you waiting for?? Give it a GO!! Share with your friends, and family. Most importantly, do it for YOU. You deserve it.
Update 9/8/15: Congrats to Sarah O, the winner of our giveaway!! Enjoy your Plant-Based Journey 🙂
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