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Happy Herbivore

5 Sep

I recently became acquainted with Happy Herbivore and would recommend her website to anyone looking to incorporate more plants into their diet. Unfortunately they do not have her books at the library so I can’t weigh in on them, but I can tell you that every recipe I’ve made from Lindsay Nixon’s website has been amazing! Her Apple Crisp Muffins are to die for and if you love gravy you must try her Brown Gravy.  What I like most about the Happy Herbivore is just how positive she is, but don’t take my word for it, check out Happy Herbivore for yourself.


Post Punk Kitchen

4 Sep

Are you familiar with Isa Chandra Moskowitz? If not, get familiar… she is a culinary genius. Not only is she a wonderful cook but she bakes too – all without the use of animal products.  Whether you are vegan, vegetarian or just looking for new plant-based recipes, you must check out her books and website. You can find her online at Post Punk Kitchen or pick-up one (or all of her books) which include Vegan Pie In The Sky, Appetite For Reduction, Veganomicon, Vegan With A Vengeance, Vegan Brunch, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World, and Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar.

Trust me, anything you make by Isa you will fall in love with. Her recipes are just that good!

Engine 2 Diet

3 Sep

After reading The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter’s 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan that Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds by Rip Esselstyn I knew I needed to commit to a plant-based diet. This was the third book that I had read that promoted veganism and it really spoke to me. It was amazing to hear the scientific evidence that proves individuals can lead a longer and healthier life by eliminating animal products form their diet. The book is both easy to read and convincing. It provides  an easy 28 day plan and recipes, making it easy for anyone to follow.

Crazy Sexy Diet

2 Sep

A friend of mine recommended I read Crazy Sexy Diet: Eat Your Veggies, Ignite Your Spark, and Live Like You Mean It! by Kris Carr. What an inspiration! The author shares her story about being diagnosed with cancer at a young age and how she took control of her diet and attitude in order to save her life. The resulting book encourages readers to eat foods that promote health and advice on how you can change your body from one in which illness and disease thrive to one where health and vitality flourish. I have recommended this book to people who have been battling illnesses and/or have found themselves in doctors offices time and time again trying to identify what ails them.

I hope that my friends are not intimidated by the fact that I choose not to eat meat. Like other books I’ve read that promote a plant-based diet, I was eating meat at the time that I read this book. I found several tips in the book that I was able to incorporate into my daily routine and the benefits were wonderful.

It’s important to remember that everyone is different, do not get discouraged if one plan does not work for you. Become well read in topics of interest so you can mix and match to customize a plan that is best for you.  As a way to reshape my body I found it necessary to become better versed in the topic of nutrition, which resulted in adopting a diet that is free of meat an is comprised 90% of plant-based foods.

Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide

1 Sep

Several months ago I asked my trainer if he could recommend a book that would provide me with information about nutrition and he recommended I read Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life by Brendan Brazier. I fell in love! Brendan Brazier really spoke to me because he explored nutrition from almost a scientific point of view without speaking over my head. On his journey to being a professional athlete he experimented with his workout routine and eating plan to develop a system that promotes optimal performance. Whether you are an athlete or just looking to improve your health and  well being, this book is a must read. Don’t be intimidated by the word vegan, I read this book while I was still eating meat and did not feel pressured to eliminate meat from my diet, instead, I felt empowered to add more plant based foods to my diet.

I highly recommend this book. It is a great read for anyone that is looking to increase their energy, break through a fitness or diet plateau, or just gain a better understanding of nutrition.