Friday, February 3rd, 2012

3 Book Reviews: Vegan Primer, Raw Travel, and Vegan Pregnancy

by Kristen Suzanne in review

Today, I’m sharing three great books that I recommend for your library. One is a fun ebook about travel in the raw, one is a great primer on plant-based nutrition, and the third one is a super guide for pursuing a vegan pregnancy. So! Let’s get started!

Travelling in the Raw (ebook) – by Robyn Law

I have a lovely history with my dear friend, Robyn, of Girl on Raw. So, I’m eager to share with you my excitement of her Ebook on travel tips for raw foodies. It was obvious that she put her heart and soul into this ebook from the moment I started reading it. I’ve traveled and lived raw a few times, but Robyn takes the cake because she is a former flight attendant and has lots of travel miles on me. She’s a true expert.

In her book, which has raw recipes (one of mine!), I was especially fond of her tips for dressing salads, planning ahead, freezing juice, and more. Here are some deets from her website:

Are you distressed about sticking to your healthy habits whilst abroad? Do you think your healthy regime will slide, without the comfort of your routine, local grocer and home appliances?

Fret no more as you discover that travelling for work or pleasure does not mean your health goals should be compromised. You will learn:

How to still have fun whilst travelling and eat sensibly whether you are 100% raw, high raw or just want to improve your holiday diet. What equipment you should pack. Where to connect with other raw ‘foodies’ on your travels.

Researching resources for your trip abroad. Recipes for you to make both before your departure and on the road. And other helpful tips and tricks I have discovered over my 9 years of travel both for fun and work

By the time I finished her Ebook, I wanted to pack my travel bags and head out on a raw trip. Good job, Robyn, love you tons!

Vegan Pregnancy Survival Guide by Sayward Rebhal

I’ve read a couple books about being vegan while pregnant, but I was more than happy to review a copy of Vegan Pregnancy Survival Guide (aptly named), when it was offered. To be honest, it sat around for awhile because reading any book that’s not on my Kindle tends to collect dust. My reading time is limited to when Kamea sleeps, during which I’m usually with her in bed, and it’s dark. However, I’d put off reading it long enough and it’s a short book so I just grabbed it one afternoon while standing in the kitchen to start reading. Funny thing is… it was such a good little book that I didn’t want to put it down! So, I went to bed that night, determined to finish it. I read it with a little flashlight sticking out of my mouth. Thankfully, the book isn’t too long. ;)

I really recommend this book for you (or any pregnant mamas you know that are curious about being vegan with babe in the womb). It’s easy to read. Funny, too. I tabbed a few pages because they were good sources for quick lists of various foods (and herbs) to include in your veg pregnancy (heck, in life in general).

Chapters include… Planning the pregnancy (nutrition, troubleshooting, labor/delivery, and social stuff) and Postpartum (baby life, nutrition for breastfeeding).

PS Check out her great blog, too.

Note: I saw that the author included parsley as a galactagogue, but I knew from my own research that it’s not. Quite the opposite actually. A breastfeeding mom will generally want to limit or avoid parsley because it’s been known to dry up milk supply. When I emailed Sayward about it, she said…

You’re totally right! Ack! Parsley was on my anti-galactogogues list, which ended up getting cut (modified into a short paragraph). I’m not sure how it got moved and how that slipped by the many, many revisions and proofreadings, but it makes me sad. (That said, I drank, and still drink, parsley juice a few times a week and my supply has always been stellar!) I really do appreciate you pointing that out and we’ll definitely make the change for the next printing.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition by Julieanna Hever, M.S., R.D., C.P.T.

A little light reading for Kamea

I like books that are fun and easy to read, but also good sources of solid information. Enter: The Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition. When I was sent this book to review, I looked forward to it because it’s the kind of book that is fun to dip in and out of and doesn’t necessarily require reading from cover to cover. As I mentioned before, reading anything that’s not on my Kindle can be a challenge (so I must admit I haven’t even read all of this yet, although keep in mind, it is available on Kindle).

However, I read enough to know that it’s a solid book, whether you’re a newbie vegan or a vegan vet. The book covers so much: Benefits of a plant-based diet (nutrition, macronutrients, vitamins, minerals, super nutrients, anti-nutrients, and food groups), Living a Plant-Based Life (calories, controversies, shopping, fitness, supplements), and Special Considerations (pregnancy, babies, kids, seniors, athletes, weight loss, disease), and Recipes. See? What’d I tell ya? It’s a thorough book.

Julieanna’s book is written with experience and this book makes a great gift, especially for someone who’s just starting out in the plant-based world.

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