The great thing about getting started on plant-based eating in 2017 is the wealth of information, advice, and role-models made freely available from those who have already blazed the trail: Calibri;”>  Its not necessary to spend extra money on special food or attend meetings to improve your physical condition.  When we eat good food and stay out our body’s way, it tends to heal itself.  No guilt or weigh-ins needed!  Below are some of the resources I like best and recommend to people year after year.  I hope you will check them out and find them helpful!  As always, please feel free to share your recommendations in the comments.

Books

The China Study, 2005 – by T. Colin Campbell and son Thomas Campbell seems to have begun the current vegan movement. This book is a detailed study into the connection between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Many friends have said that reading this book was the turning point in their choosing a plant-based lifestyle.

How Not to Die, 2015 – by Michael Greger, M.D. provides scientific evidence-based information on how to prevent and reverse the most common diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, depression, etc., through food and lifestyle.  Our family is a big fan of this book, so much so, that we bought copies for everyone in our family as Christmas presents.

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, 2008 – Caldwell B. Esselstyne, Jr. MD. “Essy” as he’s called provides hope and a roadmap to those dealing with heart disease with a “revolutionary, scientifically proven nutrition-based cure.” We follow and thoroughly enjoy this very low fat eating style with great results! As of May 2017, Jon has lost 40 lbs on this plan.

The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, 2014 – Written by Dr. Esselstyne’s wife Ann Crile Esselstyne and daughter Jane Esselstyne and advertised as containing over 125 delicious, life-changing, plant-based recipes. I can vouch that the recipes are easy-to-follow, tasty, and healthful.

Videos (as of 5/7/2017 these are available on Netflix)

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead; and Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2 – These documentaries chronicle charismatic Australian Joe Cross as he travelled the U.S. on a fresh juice only diet. Joe with the guidance of Dr. Joel Furhman recovered from a persistent and chronic autoimmune disorder in the process, lost a ton of weight and converted a few other people along the way. It’s inspiring to watch a tubby Joe turn metamorphose into a much leaner, happier, and healthier person. (Netflix)

Food, Inc., 2008 – An unflattering look l America’s corporate controlled food industry. Stars Michael Pollan who urges us to eat real food, mostly plants, not too much. (Netflix)

Forks over Knives – Features T. Colin Campbell and Caldwell B. Esselstyne, Jr., MD, (Netflix)

The Kids Menu, 2015 – This film is for kids and parents (or grandparents). Its premise is when given information and options, kids often choose healthier eating habits.

Websites

Dr. McDougall’s Health and Medical Center located in Santa Rosa, CA —  especially helpful is the free McDougall Program which Dr. McDougall advises contains all of the information you need to successfully change your diet and lifestyle in order to quickly regain control of your health and appearance. The website has wonderful first-person articles of those who have successfully changed their diets and gotten thinner and healthier, aka “Star McDougallers.”

NutritionFacts.org – Nonprofit founded by Michael Gregor, MD. Nonprofit founded by Michael Gregor, MD.  Dr.Gregor posts several times each week related to Find out what the latest science is saying about your favorite foods to help you make the healthiest “choices for you and your family. The website has a library of more than 2,000 videos each one focused on a health or nutrition topic. Most of the videos are less than five minutes long and all are based on currently published medical studies from credible organizations.

UC Davis Integrative Medicine They state their strongest focus is in the area of nutrition and plant-based diets which they believe is the number one way to successfully prevent, halt or reverse serious health conditions such as obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  The program’s founding director is Dr. Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD, and also issues fascinating blog articles on plant-based topics every week or so.

Fat Free Vegan Kitchen— This website and blog is a treasure-trove of low-fat vegan recipes.  I have been making, enjoying and passing on Susan’s recipes for the last five years!