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“The Plant Based Journey” Book Review, Recipe + Giveaway

pbjstopNo fluff needed; this is by far one of the most bold + succinct books on transitioning to a Plant Based/ Vegan lifestyle. Don’t get me wrong, there are so many great books out there that will help. If it weren’t for books such as The China Study, Whole and more; I would have had a tougher time transitioning. But, those books were written from a different perspective, and that’s from a scientific approach. For someone who needs practical every day advice on transitioning, that may not work. We of course all need to know the “why” as far as this lifestyle goes, but the “how” is the really important stuff.

Lani Muelrath is as legit as they come. She has become one of the most well-known PB/ Vegan Fitness coaches and has worked with many of the big names in the field such as McDougal, Barnard, etc.  I could name all of them for you, but you know them already. Or, just go to http://www.lanimuelrath.com/ where she tells you all about it.

She was doing the whole plant-based thing before it was called plant-based; you know, back when everything was simple and just had one name? Not like the lacto-pesca-tarianism (what does that even mean) labels we all need to add nowadays. You either did it, or you didn’t.  She is like a mash-up Jane Fonda, Jillian Michaels and Tony Horton. Throw in some real whole food advice, take away all the “shystiness” of trying to sell you a shake; BAM!

“The Plant Based Journey” is less a manual than it is a compendium on how to transition to a “healthy lifestyle” while “achieving your ideal weight.” Yeah, I know the words mean the same things, but a manual sounds all stuffy and that’s not what this book is. Lani leads the reader through the lifestyle transition with care and nurturing kindness. You are not expected to jump right in. The chapters are titled “Awakening, Scout, Rookie, Rock Star and Champion.” As the chapters progress, Lani does this is such a fluid way it couldn’t be any easier.

She shares this book based on real life experience; she lost 50 lbs! Lani is a real as they come and gives the reader advice that is palpable. There are a few recipes in the book, one which I share at the end of this review for “Tacos In No Time.” I would have liked to have seen some photos in the book to go along with the recipes, I think that is the only thing I can say against the book.

One of the most important sections of the book, to me, is the appendices believe it or not. She details how to get your fridge and pantry in order. There is a FAQ for replacements for things like eggs and dairy. If you have been thinking of making the transition to a plant-based/ vegan lifestyle this may be one of the best starting points. So, you should get the book.


Speaking of which, BenBella, the publisher, has agreed to give one of my readers a copy of the book.  All I’m asking you for is a comment. Comment on this post on anything you feel relates to transitioning to a plant-based/ vegan life. Maybe you are looking to transition or you are a PB veteran. How or why have you chosen to go this route? Comment below and once we receive enough entries I will toss the names in a hat, simple! GIVEAWAY IS OVER, WINNER WAS SELECTED.

Now, onto that recipe. My boys and I tried this the other day, Taco Tuesday. We love tacos in this house and these were a big hit!

Tacos in No Time

These make a filling, anytime meal. I’ve included directions here for making
a single serving, as they make a great quick lunch. You can also serve two
or three per person with a side salad and you’re all set for dinner!

  • One 5.-inch corn tortilla
  • cup fat-free refried beans
  • cup cooked brown rice or corn
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped sweet onion
  • 1 tablespoon salsa

1. Warm the tortilla briefly in a pan on the stove, or in the microwave.

2. Warm the beans and rice or corn in a pan on the stove or in a bowl in the

3. Spread the beans over the tortilla, then spread the rice or corn over the beans.
Top with the onion and salsa.

4. Fold in half and serve.

Yield : 1 taco

You can also assemble everything cold and then pop the whole taco into the oven or
microwave to quickly heat it. However, the corn tortillas tear easily if you try to fold
them cold, so I like to warm them first.


    • Amanda,

      It sounds like you certainly have some incentive – some people just ignore family history so I commend you for sitting up and paying attention!

      And you are not alone in the social situation portion of the program. Are you doing well with transition in your home environment? That’s the first step. I’ve developed a few strategies and commentary that work very effectively – you have to be sensitive to the crowd you are with to see which works best!

  1. Sylvia says:

    I am excited. This book is one I could give away to friends and family that may start their own journey. I’ve been on my. Plant Based journey a few years now. I had a cardiac event resulting in a stent to my LAD 6 years ago, followed by a severe & crippling effect of a statin drug and the a stroke a year. I was thrilled to learn from Caldwell Esselstyn that I could take control of my life. Very relieved that I didn’t “have to die of heart disease as my father did.” (quoted on of 2 of Forks Over Knives Plan.) I look forward to receiving my copy of “A Plant Based Journey.”

    • Sylvia,

      Thank you for your enthusiasm! I just love Nate’s review – he hit so many unique, key points about Journey right on the head! And you might be interested to know that there is a growing number of plant-based nutrition coaches, Food for Life Instructors, even R.D.s who have pre-ordered big batches of The Plant-Based Journey to use as text and guide for their clients and students. I am so excited about that! This might edify your idea about gifting Journey for others coming along the way and looking for an inroad.

      By the way, there are still pre-order gifts available through the 15th! Here’s the page: http://www.theplantbasedjourney.com. As you are thinking of getting multiple copies, I wanted to be sure you knew about this! Of course there is also a bonus gift for even pre-order of one copy.

      Good luck on the drawing!


  2. Sean Williams says:

    I made the decision to switch to a plant based diet a month ago today. I now weigh less than I have in several years and don’t have a lot of the aches and pains that used to plague me on a daily basis. Thanks for showing me the way.
    My only complaint is I’m sick of eating lettuce . I sure could use a good cookbook…

    • Sean,

      Lettuce? Oh dear! This will never do! Aren’t you hungry? What about steaming bowls of chili with cornbread, tacos and enchiladas, sweet potatoes bursting at their sweet seams, good grainy bread, piles of mashed taters – so much to enjoy! If cooking is a problem, take heart – I don’t like to cook – I’m a very lazy cook, as a matter of fact – but I love to eat! And the recipes in Journey are what I use to make these two meet. So if you are looking for easy yet delicious, I think you’ll like Journey. I’m so glad Nate shared Tacos in No Time! Try them tomorrow!

      Thanks for your post,

      • Nate says:


        Wow, awesome to hear you’ve had success. There’s so much more than just lettuce out there, lol!

        The Trader Joes on Hillsboro is a great place to get plant based options. When we were living there in Nashville we would ask questions all the time and they were always helpful, no need to blow all the extra cash at Whole Paycheck (although they have some great options too).

        In the meantime, one of the best resources I’ve found is Pinterest, believe it or not. There are tons and tons of plant based folks on their with amazing recipe skills.

  3. Carolyn says:

    Thanks for the great review, Nate; and thanks to you and to Lani for sharing the easy taco recipe! I’ve been eating plant-based for about 2.5 years now, so I must be somewhere between Rookie and Rock Star! I find meal prep pretty easy at home, but always enjoy hearing new ideas. What I find most difficult is eating out and family get-togethers with meals. I manage, but sure wish it were easier.

  4. Susan says:

    My husband and I have been vegan for about 5 years now, but we are trying to eat better – more plant-based, oil-free. This book would be a great help!

  5. Carla Moschetti says:

    I’ve been vegan for many years (18) and a couple years ago started trying to eat more whole foods and less oil, sugar and salt, but my biggest challenge is doing without the sugar. To compensate I find myself overeating nuts and dried fruits.

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