Two months ago, I made the change to a plant-based diet, largely eliminating my consumption of meat, fish, dairy, and eggs. While I’ve certainly had my share of challenges since then, going meatless has also allowed me to appreciate food in new ways.
Many people choose to be vegetarian or vegan for ethical reasons; others adopt a plant-based diet for health reasons. For me, it was a combination of the two. Still others are curious about what it’s like to live with fewer animal products. Maybe you’re interested in trying it out, but have no idea where to start and how to do it in a healthful, balanced way. Whatever your reason for reading this far, here are some resources for venturing into the plant-based world should you choose to do so.
There are a handful of videos that have made a huge impact by exploring a plant-based diet through various lenses. Cowspiracy looks at the environmental impact of the animal agriculture industry; Forks Over Knives makes the case for following a plant-based diet to achieve better health; Earthlings documents the conditions and treatment of animals in farms and slaughterhouses; Gary Yourofsky’s YouTube video makes many forceful arguments in favor of veganism and has garnered a cult following.
The Happy Vegan by Russell Simmons- Outspoken vegan and Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons shares his journey from omnivore to vegan and how his new diet, along with yoga and meditation, has helped him achieve better health and happiness in his life.
The End of Dieting by Dr. Joel Fuhrman- This book explores various diets and their health merits (and detriments) and explains why a plant-based diet rich in GBOMBS (greens, beans, onions, mushrooms, berries, seeds) is the clear winner according to the scientific evidence.
How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger- Founder of nutritionfacts.org, Dr. Michael Greger takes an in-depth look at the top killers of Americans (heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and so on), and how diet can significantly reduce the risk factors for these diseases.
VB6 by Mark Bittman- Mark Bittman is one of the biggest food writers and cookbook writers today, popularizing the idea of eating vegan before 6 PM. His VB6 lifestyle is part of a growing trend of limiting meat consumption (Meatless Mondays anyone?). Bittman also created a VB6 cookbook with delicious recipes for those transitioning to part-time vegan.
Eat Like You Give a Damn– A great resource for someone who wants to cook flavorful food without sacrificing their comfort foods. You will find vegan recipes for macaroni and cheese, burgers, chili, and more.
~posted by Di Z.