Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Book Review : Traveling and Dietary Needs

I recently received a book to review called, The Vegan Traveller. I agreed to review the book not knowing the content and was majorly bummed when I saw the title. Not only am I not vegan, but I completely disagree with the lifestyle and the myths perpetuated by many vegans. I was afraid I was going to read this book and have to give it a negative review, but I was pleasantly surprised to find otherwise.

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"In this book I've collected tips and tricks to help you explore the world without compromising on your health, your ideals and your energy."

That quote basically sums up the book and how (potentially) useful it is for (almost) everyone. Unlike most vegan propaganda, this book doesn't take a judgmental stand. Instead, this book is full of practical guidance when faced with the prospect of ordering food in unfamiliar places. There's a lot of great advice in the book about maintaining balance; knowing when to make an exception based on personal desires or when to really ask questions in order to avoid food that will upset your system.

My favorite section is the preparation section. The author offers tips on how to plan ahead...if you know where you're going, using helpful apps to locate restaurants where you can order food in total comfort. I once took a trip on a Greyhound bus from Jacksonville, FL to Phoenix, AZ, traversing nearly the entirety of the bottom of the U.S. I stayed in Phoenix for only a long weekend and was back on the bus home. Nearly a week of fast food and restaurant food that left my feet and ankles looking like I was pregnant from all the swelling due to the high sodium content. I felt like I needed to drink only water for the next several days to get my system back on track. At the time, I had no idea how to pack for a trip beyond my first lunch, and I was at the mercy of tiny gas stations all along I-10. If only I'd had The Vegan Traveller back then. I'd have some useful tips for such a long trip.

I'd say the rest of the book is super useful and full of awesome tips, like never leave your hotel without some food and water so you're never stuck so hungry that you can't even think! But I don't want to give away all the tips, because you need to read the book! (After you buy it, obvs.)

The book is super reasonably priced at $2.99 and available on Amazon. It's a 52-page book which makes it easy to digest and easy to use. Basically, it's a win-win situation. If you're new to food sensitivities or allergies, then it's a great starter book!

Related : You can check out the author's website and find her social media links and all the other things she does!

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