Saturday, September 19, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway: The Plant-Based Journey by Lani Muelrath

I have never promoted anything on my blog before, but I have found something perfectly poised to promote (as this former English teacher adds apropos alliteration)! :-)
Since, I've had bundles of  people tell me they need a step-by-step guide to eating plant-based, I am sharing Lani Muelrath's newest book with you...The Plant-Based Journey...A Step-By-Step Guide for Transitioning to a Healthy Lifestyle and Achieving Your Ideal Weight. Plus, I'm even going to give away one of her books! (Giveaway instructions at the bottom of this page)

Lani is an ultra-experienced guru in plant-based nutrition and is a certified behavior change specialist. She is a warm-hearted person who shares her passion in this easy-to-read and understand handbook. Transitioning really isn't difficult (even though most people fear it will be), and you will find a doable plan to make this lifestyle yours after reading it.

Lani Muelrath
With tips, tricks, recipes, and ideas to fill your toolbox, The Plant-Based Journey is complete and full of instructions on how to get started and live the plant-based lifestyle successfully. Lani makes it simple, straight-forward, and motivating!

Probably one of the most helpful parts of the book are the "templates" for cooking that Lani has devised to make cooking a less daunting task. She gives you frameworks by which to create meals, which can be edited for your personal tastes. For those of you who need something to "get you started," these templates will be your fuel!

This book is likely the best practical application book of its kind, with a good mixture of education and guidance. It's not a book you will read and store on a shelf. There are resources you will find yourself referring back to and recipes you will want to make over and over. She even helps you deal with challenging issues like living with people who eat differently from you or ordering healthy food at a restaurant. I would say this is an all-around, top-notch book and well worth the small investment for its purchase.

Lani's book, The Plant-Based Journey, has been praised by well-regarded folks like Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., Dr. Neal Barnard, Rip Esselstyn (author of The Engine 2 Diet), T. Colin Campbell, John and Mary McDougall, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Gene Baur and many others. She has created a masterpiece that aligns with all of their principles and beliefs, encouraging practical application so we can "do this!"
Apple Vinaigrette, p. 205

Last of all, I wanted to make one of the recipes in the book to inspire you to buy it. Since I was already making a Pear-Jicama Slaw tonight, I thought the Apple Vinaigrette dressing (in The Plant-Based Journey, page 205) would complement it well. It is AMAZING!



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OOK GIVEAWAY!

So, now for the giveaway! I will have one of Lani's The Plant-Based Journey books sent to a randomly selected individual; however, you MUST respond to my poll question (below) by posting your answer in the comments below OR sending me a message through the contact form on the home page of this blog (www.mrsplantintexas.com) in order to be in the drawing. I will compile all of the names, and let my husband draw one of the names. I will announce the winner on October 1st!

POLL QUESTION: What motivated you to go or is making you inquisitive about going plant-based? 
Please include your name and e-mail address, so I can contact you if you win!
I will not contact you for any other reason.


35 comments:

  1. My husband had his 15th stent put in over Mother's Day weekend. Perfect way to spend Mother's Day...in the ER waiting room. During one of his follow-up visits, his doctor suggested trying a vegan diet. Since the idea of having a bypass scares him to death, he was willing to try anything. So he went 100% vegan and has lost 30lbs since July 5th. Me on the other hand...not so much. I tell everyone I'm on the "phone plan", I'm completely vegan nights and weekends, lol. I'm transitioning slowly. Even though I haven't committed 100%, I have lost 15lbs on the "phone plan". Giving up meat has not been an issue, although I thought it would be. My issue is cheese and sugar. I made vegan cheese sauce last weekend and I loved it. My husband thought it was horrible, so he added pico de gallo to it. If nothing else, it has definitely made me more creative in the kitchen. I definitely see the benefit in being vegan, and hopefully I can go all in before the year ends...at least that's what I'm working towards.

    Dawna Brown
    dawna.brown127@gmail.com

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    1. Dawna...You're in the drawing! I highly recommend trying the Cashew Queso recipe on this blog. It is OUTSTANDING. All Omnis love it! Also, I have a recipe for vegan parmesan cheese that is outstanding and helped me with pizza and pasta when I was a new plant-based eater. Both recipes are located on this blog. You can type them into the search bar (top left of web page). ENJOY!

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    2. Dawna, what a fascinating story! And your husband's doctor sounds very interesting too! So sorry to hear of he health crisis in your family and I hope things continue to improve. Congratulations on moving forward on your own food plan. Dairy was the last to go for me, too - I address it in Journey and we should compare notes!

      Thanks for entering Amy's giveaway!

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  2. I have been a vegan for three years. It has nothing to do with making a political and religious statement. My reasoning for becoming vegan had to do with feeling awful and it was time for a change! What I did not realize was the fact my gall bladder was going bad. My surgeon could not believe I waited as long as I had to get surgery to have it removed. Being a vegan made me feel so much better, I never looked back. Mrs. Plant came to our Get Healthy Rockwall Potluck dinner a few weeks ago. Hearing her speak was exactly what I needed to get the processed food out of the house that magically snuck back in. Thanks for the reboot! Linsley.srygley@fleetwatch.com.

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    1. Linsley...I LOVED sharing food and fellowship with your group. It was an awesome evening. I know how easy it can be to let that vegan processed food creep in (like that new So Delicious Salted Caramel Cashew Milk Ice Cream!). You realize after a bit that not all vegan food is always healthy food. Sticking to "whole" plant-based foods is what prevents and reverses disease and other physicals and mental conditions. Let's do this together!

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    2. Hi Anonymous - sounds like you had a motivation that is, actually not uncommon - tired of feeling awful! Sorry to hear about the gall bladder, that must have been a horrific experience and all best to you as you move forward on your healthy plan!

      Lani

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  3. Three years ago three friends of mine changed their life and switched to a vegan diet. One had a heart attack, one had breast cancer, and one had type 2 diabetes (you!). Each was posting Facebook messages about eating "vegan" and I had never even heard what a vegan was! It got my curiosity up so I started doing my own research about being vegan. I explored the Internet, ordered some books to read, and watched documentaries on Netflix - The China Study, Forks over Knives, and the final straw was Vegucated! After watching that one I knew I would never eat meat again! It was three years this past June I made the switch and I've never looked back. Since that time I've gone a little further and have switched to a plant-based no oil diet. It has been a life change I don't intend to ever change!!!

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    1. I love your story, Lynda!! What a blessing it is to have you living the same lifestyle even though you are hundreds of miles away. It makes me feel closer to you!!

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    2. Lynda, thanks for shwring some of the details of your journey. It sounds like you are having all kinds of reasons to keep moving forward!

      Lani

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  4. My motivation to become plant-based came from my 40+ year old daughter. I watched her transition from an exhausted Mom of four to a high energy person with lots of stamina. Since going vegan approximately 2 years ago after retirement, I have experienced better clarity in my thinking, more energy, stronger bones and better health overall. My only regret is that I did not do it sooner. The greatest gift you can give your family is the gift of good health!! I am thankful for all the plant strong resources available such as Mrs. Plant, McDougall and Friends, Healthfest in Marshall and my awesome instant pot.

    Barbara Barnett
    barbiwa@msn.com

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    1. I LOVE stories of people transitioning after 40! It is never too late to feel better!! Can't wait to see you at Healthfest!

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  5. What a fabulous book to win! I started ny plant-based conversion after watching CNNs Sunjay Gupta report 'the last heart attack', which led me to FOK and the China Study. My parents had both recently passed, my father from a heart attack and mom from pancreatic cancer. Making the change to whole foods plant based made complete sense to me. It is not always easy, but feeling good is a beautiful reward that I want my family to share.
    P.S. I am 48, PB since July 2013, and it is only getting better every day!

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    1. Hi Susie! Than ks for the response. I loved "The Last Heart Attack" too; Type 2 diabetic, so it was very personal for me, too. I am so sorry about your parents. It is rough when you realize that eating a different way might have helped them. I am so thrilled you have made this choice! Please e-mail me, so I have your e-mail address for the drawing.
      MrsPlantinTexas@gmail.com

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    2. Oops! I got your e-mail address. Thanks!

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  6. i became a vegetarian for the animals, later i became a vegan for my own health. i then started to pay attention and learn more about the treatment of animals used for food. it was not long till the reason for my maintaining a vegan lifestyle is mostly for the animals. the environmental, health, and other reasons are supporting reasons, but the foundation is for the animals.

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    1. Irni...It doesn't matter from which path you arrived to plant-based eating, it will be of benefit to you and to the animals and environment. I'm just glad you're here! <3
      Please e-mail me, so I have your e-mail address for the drawing.
      MrsPlantinTexas@gmail.com

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  7. I began my plant-based journey hoping to provide healthier meals for me and my husband. I gradually reduced meat, but had some chicken and fish and still ate cheese regularly. As I continued to learn more about the vegan lifestyle I learned about the pain and suffering of animals raised for food for humans. Once I knew about these horrific conditions,my mind and heart were opened and I adopted a vegan diet—no more meat and no more cheese, which I don't miss as much as I thought I would. My biggest challenge is eating out, especially with other people who still eat the SAD. I’m interested in reading Lani’s book to get some advice on sharing meals with carnivores and to learn about using her recipe templates to create quick, healthy meals.
    Carolyn V
    suprlibw@yahoo.com

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    1. Lani does give some advice about eating out in her book! I will also dedicate a post to that soon because I know a lot of people need suggestions. Glad to have you here!

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  8. I became plant based for health reasons. The freshman fifteen is VERY REAL in college. Once Amy introduced me to the plant based lifestyle I was hooked! I started feeling the positive health aspects of eating plant based, and I knew I made the right decision. As time passed I started familiarizing myself with animals rights as well. Now I am passionate about the food and the animals!! I have had the most amazing journey living {and loving} the plant based lifestyle, and I look forward to a lifetime!

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    1. Katelyn...So glad to see you are enjoying the benefits because there are SO many! I love your enthusiasm and how much you care about everything you do.

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  9. Hi Everyone! What an absolutely fascinating and fun thread of comments to read! Amy has put together such a great place to connect and thanks for all the enthusiasm about The Plant-Based Journey! Wish everyone could win a copy!

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  10. I'm trying - I hate the way animals are treated, and what we are doing to our planet is horrific. I would love to win a copy of this to help me on my journey. candaceselph@gmail.com

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    1. I totally agree, Candace. We've got to NOT be a part of that cruelty.

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  11. I want to be plant strong for my boys age 12 and 6. They need me, it's that simple. If I don't change now i could be in an early grave at the rate I'm going. I don't want to do that to them.

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    1. YOU CAN DO THIS, Chrystal! I am so proud of you already!

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  12. I can relate to everyone's reason for going plant based; personal health, being there longer for your kids, love of animals, loss of loved ones. I've been a vegetarian for about 15 years. I never ate a lot of meat but the last straw was when I worked for a medical device company and had to personally go to a slaughter house to obtain a cow lung for experiments. I won't go into details but it was horrific. I didn't work for that company much longer. Over the last 4 months I have gradually transitioned to entirely plant based. I feel wonderful and have lost 45 pounds. My doctor has agreed to let me stop my blood pressure medication, and I have lowered my cholesterol medication. I had my cholesterol checked again today and depending on the results I may get to stop the cholesterol medication entirely. I'm so excited. I love this way of eating and I have so much more energy. I'm constantly on the prowl for healthy plant-based cookbooks. My 9 and 11-year old are not liking eating entirely plant-based food, but I'm determined to keep trying things until I win them over. I belong to Happy Herbivore's meal plans. They are wonderful. I also signed up for the next session of Forks Over Knives cooking classes. Tonight I just made my 2 pug puppies the pumpkin chia dog treats. (Love your pugs by the way!) I'm fermenting "cheese" in my kitchen right now. I think I've gone plant based crazy!

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    1. Ana... What an awesome story you have!!! Love how you're doing everything to make this lifestyle work for see and seeing amazing results. That's how it works!!!

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  13. I had ovarian cancer when I was 7! My daughters were miraculously, and naturally, conceived when I was 37 and 40 yrs old. My history of cancer, a history of heart disease on my dad's side of the family, and having kids at an "older" age started me on my plant based journey. I've been vegetarian for 5 1/2 yrs, but started trying to eat a vegan diet about 4 yrs ago. I still struggled with a love of cheese and would always go on a cheese binge after about 2 months. I started learning more about the ethical reasons to eat vegan, and since then I haven't looked back. I try to make as many healthy choices as I can, because I want to be around as long as possible. I heard an interview with this author on the Main Street Vegan podcast and the book sounds great!.

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    1. Quen...How young you were to have faced such a difficult physical struggle! I am so sorry about that. I am certainly glad you've come over to the plant side. It has benefits all around!

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  14. My mother & father inspired me to eat a whole food plant based diet. They (in their mid 50s) changed their diet completely after reading Dr. Fuhrman's book "Eat to Live" and watching "Forks over Knives". I met their diet change with much skepticism and told them they were crazy! But after watching their transformations and reading Eat to Live myself, I slowly made the change to a WFPB diet and haven't looked back. That was about three years ago, at the age of 27. It really was perfect timing because I had just had our first son. He & his brother (3 1/2 years and 16 months) know nothing other than a WFPB diet and they love it. I'm very thankful to have learned about the power of plants so that I can live a healthy, disease free life and teach my children to do the same. Thanks for the opportunity to win a great plant power book! Kaela@gehmanremodeling.com

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    1. Kaela! What a wonderful story! I have sons ages 20 and 23. The older son made the transition with us, but our other son (16 at the time) didn't. A little over a year ago, he decided to come along for the ride, too! It's so GREAT to have the support of family members. I am so thrilled to see you are raising kids this way. If I could turn back time, I would have absolutely done things differently. KUDOS! I am so proud of you! I hope the recipes on my site help you make meals exciting. :-)

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  15. Thanks again to everyone for joining in this giveaway event - and for sharing your journey here on Mrs. Plant's blog - who has had such a journey of inspiration herself!

    Good luck to everyone on the giveaway and should you get your own copy of The Plant-Based Journey, I would love to hear from you and you can write to me at any time at lani@lanimuelrath.com. If you haven't yet ordered your copy, there is also a preview of about 40 pages that you can download from my website at www.theplantbasedjourney.com.

    May your journey be filled with happiness, harmony, and light!
    Lani

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  16. We were vegetarians all along but decided to plant based 4 yrs back as I would get bronchitis every year and once dairy was pulled out we saw huge difference in our health. We also have kids with severe allergies so to boost their immune system we do a lot of green smoothies
    Thanks for the giveaway
    Sharanya Ram
    sharan3@gmail.com

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    1. Sharanya...you are entered! Isn't it amazing how eliminating dairy makes a difference in so many ways!?!

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  17. I would so love a copy of your book and Thank You for giving us an opportunity to perhaps win one!!! EXCITING!!! Love a GREAT giveaway! I am going plant based, or trying most diligently, because of my love for all animals. In this day and age and with all the science backing it all up, it simply makes sense and is THE right and moral thing to do. Period.

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