Road Trip & Plant-Based Book Reviews

Did you have a nice weekend? I hope all the moms out there had a lovely day yesterday and realize how important you are to our society. I have a really strong maternal instinct that I direct toward my loved ones and my companion animals, and I credit this instinct as the main reason why I chose to become vegan in September of 2010. My feelings about eating animals crystalized after reading Alicia Silverstone’s book The Kind Diet and thinking about the realities of how farmed animals are raised and the general idea of killing a life for food that I don’t need to survive and flourish in this day and age.

You might be surprised to know that I became vegan for this reason before I even got on a whole foods, plant-based diet. I didn’t read Eat to Live by Dr. Fuhrman until November of 2010 and that’s when I started to really understand the power of this way of eating and its potential to prevent and reverse disease. Another resource that has been invaluable in my healthy vegan education has been the Staying Healthy Today podcasts by Kirk Hamilton. Kirk is a physician’s assistant and is incredibly eloquent about explaining scientific research from the plant-based world. He even interviewed Dr. Fuhrman in this one.

Lucky for us, Kirk wrote a book last year that synthesizes a lot of the information he has garnered from his clinical work and his research review. The book is called Staying Healthy in the Fast Lane: 9 Simple Steps to Optimal Health, and it’s a fantastic resource. You can find a detailed review of this book (written by me!) published on the Our Hen House blog today (click here to go there) and you can enter to win a signed copy of the book there, too.

Yesterday I was on a major road trip, traveling from where I live most of the time on the central coast to my part-time residence in the Southern California Palm Springs area. It’s always a stressful day because of the time on the road, the fact that both cats are crated and in the back seat, and just the general mayhem of getting out the door. The back of the car was filled to the brim with miscellaneous cat supplies, clothes, laptops, cameras, books, school supplies, food, etc. etc. etc. Also, fyi, the red crate that you see is not what I use to transport the cats, I bring it along filled with emergency cat supplies. The crates that the cats travel in are much bigger so they have room to stand up and move around. I put both of their travel crates in the regular back seat with the seat belts attached. Despite me being stressed traveling with them, the cats usually just curl up and go to sleep for the entirety of the trip.

I didn’t have a lot of time to devote to making food for the trip, but did manage to make these wraps with some leftover pinto beans, avocado, a spread of vegan mayo, chopped onions and bell pepper and lettuce:

I also dragged along some leftover green smoothie for dessert (unpictured). Outside of the fact that the brown rice tortillas fall apart really easily and it was quite messy eating in the car, it was a great lunch that didn’t require much effort to prepare.

I’m starting my summer Seminar course this week, but I am bound and determined to have some fun while I am here, too. It is really starting to feel like summer now, the temperature was 103 degrees in the desert yesterday. The pool is calling my name!

Have a great Monday. What are some of your favorite healthy vegan resources, books, podcasts or otherwise?


  1. Angela says

    I really love listening to podcasts while I run. Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s Food for Thought podcast and the Our Hen House podcasts are my favorites! It’s great to listen and learn more about veganism and animal rights while exercising -feed two birds with one hand, I like to say 😉

    • says

      Thanks Angela! I love to listen to these very same podcasts while I work out. As you said, it’s like cutting two carrots with one fork, ha ha.

  2. Molly says

    Carrie, I know it’s messy but the wrap looks delish! Thanks for all you do to inspire me and educate me on my vegan path! 🙂 Oh and I like “bake two cakes in one oven” but I tend to be more sugar obsessed than I should be, unfortunately! 🙂 Keep up the wonderful work!

  3. says

    Oh, wow, is that your house in Southern Ca? I don’t think I’d ever leave if I had that pool to sit by! I rely on the many vegan blogs I read for good advice, support and new ideas. I also like Colleen Patrick-Goudreau…love her books and have listened to her podcasts a few times.

      • Jan says

        I think you really could be on to something here. Rent out a room or two and teach vegan cooking/nutrition classes. I’d make the trek south.

          • Jan says

            Ha ha! I was thinking of an excuse to go south to the sun & be pampered and perhaps stay somewhere where the host/hostess actually caters to our eating style! LOL But I’d love cooking videos too.

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