Book Review: Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition

Snowshoers require nutritional precision.

The arduous nature of our “Silent Sport” mandates awareness and discipline when it comes to nutrition, training, recovery and rest, hence, the innate beauty of snowshoeing.

A plant-based, whole foods diet represents the most advantageous solution to achieving and sustaining optimum wellness – which translates to enhanced snowshoeing experiences.

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Hever’s masterpiece, The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Plant-Based Nutrition, adroitly condenses voluminous information with the precision of a surgeon. She delicately sprinkles just enough clinical data on common sense ingredients to create an electrifying read that demystifies the esoteric nature of the nutrition field.

Hever’s impressive credentials [see below] and boundless energy are surpassed only by her passion and commitment to teaching the miracles of plant-based, whole foods to as many humans as possible.

This book will radically transform the playing field of nutrition – and she is just getting started!

Learn About Your Food Choices

Hever does a remarkable job of captivating the reader with her engaging, girl-next-door charm, and assertively provides life-changing information like platters of appetizers, meals and desserts incessantly blasted from a fire hose.

The author teaches effective plant-based, whole food nutrition with elegant simplicity. She guides the reader step-by-step toward superior daily food choices for optimal health, sports performance, and seemingly every other category imaginable.

Hever’s effort to make whole and solve the puzzle representative of the current fragmented approach to nutrition is sheer mastery.

Readers will understand both the innumerable benefits and the far-reaching effects of simply consuming plant-based whole foods respective to personal and planetary health.

We are an overfed yet undernourished society in which food policy is politicized, our nutrition guidelines are shaped by food manufacturers and we waste more than $250 billion annually treating symptoms.

Hever’s entertaining and insightful read will be the catalyst to your life-changing journey and redefine health and nutrition.

Sections Of The Book

This gem is divided in four parts – each representing distinct attributes of plant-based nutrition.

Part One – The Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet, offers a comprehensive course in nutrition fundamentals by dissecting what is in your food. This part explains what your body needs to achieve optimal health and where to acquire the requisite nutrients.

Part Two – Living a Plant-Based Life, debunks the nutritional misinformation we have been fed for decades. It provides a new perspective on the metabolism myth, weight loss and so forth while clarifying health and nutrition misconceptions.

Readers will learn why optimal health requires the marriage of nutrition and exercise, learn answers to supplement concerns and how to stroll supermarket aisles with a ‘whole-istic’ approach to shopping.

Part Three – Special Considerations, is dedicated to examining the many lifespan changes and health needs respective to pregnancy, seniors, athletes, weight loss and dodging disease via a plant-based diet. This part breaks examines a plethora of nutritional concerns and provides guidance to help you control your destiny.

Part Four – The Plant-Based Recipe Box, shows you how to use the vast information and knowledge acquired from the first three sections to thrive while dining out, stocking your kitchen, creating nutritional recipes regardless of your experience and a ton more.

The appendices offer a glossary, sample meal plans, charts and resources to further guide you on your healthful transformation. She even devised a Plant-Based Food Guide Pyramid her spare time. What you eat can prevent and reverse chronic and degenerative diseases – the science is unequivocal – and improve your snowshoeing.

Get Started With Plant-Based Nutrition

Scores of people have regained true health, ditched their dependency on medications and addictive foods to now live vibrant lives thanks to the back-to-nature principles in this book. Hever helps you understand what you need to put on your plate – and why.

This will book will be an eye-opener to the people who consume medications without knowing the causes of their ailments – or the long-term implications of said medications – and to the people either confused or oblivious about nutrition. The author shows you how to get the most nutrient bang for your caloric buck.

This treasure ought to be integrated in school systems, become required reading for policymakers, physicians, health care providers, scientists genetically modifying tomatoes and anybody on the planet who consumes food.

The chasm that exists between one’s desire to be healthy and the requisite commitment to take the appropriate action to attain it is now wider and deeper than at any point.

Optimum wellness and snowshoeing excellence will only be realized when you commit to weaving the recommendations of this book into the fabric of your daily food choices.

Snowshoers possess a thirst for knowledge and a hunger for mystical outdoor adventure. They combine intelligence, passion and unrelenting verve to experience new levels of living – no matter how daunting or difficult the learning curve – to lead by vivid examples of excellence..

Do yourself a favor – ditch the Standard American Diet. Pay the cash to acquire priceless information that will change your life – beginning with the first bite – and then pay it forward as often as possible. Hever removes the mystery in achieving optimal nutrition and health.

This book will inspire its readers to start thinking from the inside out – because you are what you eat – and your life depends on it.



Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT, also known as The Plant-Based Dietitian, is a passionate advocate of the miracles associated with following a whole food, plant-based diet-the established effects of which provide positive healthful benefits.

Hever is the author of *The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition* and the nutrition columnist for *VegNews Magazine.” She is the co-author of the upcoming book, *The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking.” along with Beverly Lynn Bennett, which will be published on December 6th, 2011.

Hever counsels a variety of clients in her Los Angeles, California-based private practice including elite athletes, adults, and children with various nutritional and/or medical concerns. Hever lectures extensively internationally and is published in prominent journals, magazines, blogs, and newsletters.

As co-producer and star of the “infotainment” documentary *To Your Health.” Hever interviewed a host of the plant-based world’s most respected doctors and researchers to bring this important information to film and television audiences.

Her work as the Executive Director of EarthSave, International, has also provided an opportunity to bring whole food, plant-based nutrition to the forefront of efforts to improve the current global health crisis.

The Plant-Based Dietitian
Author of
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition
Executive Director
EarthSave, Int.
Co-Producer of
To Your Health


  • Jeff Kildahl, Wellness Editor

    Jeff Kildahl is a writer, author, wellness consultant and philanthropist advancing preventive health care by synthesizing primary source nutrition and fitness as the principal components of the practice of medicine. Kildahl is a sponsored vegan ultra-endurance athlete credentialed in bioenergetics, biomechanics, metabolic efficiency™ testing, sport nutrition, and natural medicine. He is a dynamic member of CUBE™ ~ a professional speakers group ~ empowering others to harmonize the "Keys to Living in the Song of Life." He is the wellness editor at Snowshoe Magazine, United States Snowshoe Association columnist, and contributor to health, fitness and wellness sites, blogs and publications. He is a US-based ultra-endurance athlete and philanthropist for the 100 FOR 100 Movement ~ Kildahl is the creator and president of The Wholistic Edge® ~ a visionary firm providing synergistic solutions to transcend health, performance, and potential in life and sport from the inside out via the principles of Performance Medicine™ ~

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  • This sounds like a great and informative book. It seems like it touches on all the major aspects of vegetarianism in general. I can’t wait to read it. Here is another great resource: This website talks about all those reasons mentioned in this article.

    • A~

      Thank you for your comment.

      Jules Hever covered the basics in this book for anyone interested in learning more about the plant-based, whole foods lifestyle – even if one is not an idiot. It is a lightning quick read packed with information from her perspectives as a registered [plant-based] dietitian and certified personal trainer.

      Thank you for providing another resource on this topic.


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