Where to start?
In talking to friends and people I meet on the street, the subject often turns to health and nutrition, because I’m obsessed with nutrition! I’m a big believer in plant-based nutrition, because I’ve seen the results in my own life. As far as health is concerned, I don’t think you NEED to be 100% vegan or 100% processed-food free, but get as close as you can.
I always recommend a few books hoping that people will read and let the knowledge infuse into their minds and change behavior. I’m a big believer in books because they bring understanding. Understanding brings change. So, here’s the list I always recommend:
More comprehensive reviews of each book to come.
- The China Study– A comprehensive and reputable summary of scientific research on the health benefits of a whole-food, plant-based diet.
- Dr. Furhman’s books. Dr. Furhman practices healing with plant-based nutrition. His books offer a practitioner’s perspective and focus on specific goals like weight-loss (Eat to Live), Diabetes (The End of Diabetes) and childhood nutrition (Disease-proof Your Child). He has more, but these are the ones I’ve read.
The key to successfully eating a whole-food, plant-based diet is knowing how to prepare it. Cookbooks are a great resource for this. When I transitioned to whole-foods, I bought a couple of cookbooks and planned my meals from them. It took about 6 months before I got the hang of the new lifestyle, but now I can make up my own recipes and substitutions.
- China Study Cookbook-You see a theme right? There are three of them, all really great! They have quick and easy meals with normal ingredients–perfect for beginners.
- The China Study All-Star Collection
- The China Study Quick and Easy Cookbook-this one has weekly menu plans and shopping lists as well.
- Eat to Live Cookbook– Gormet-style recipes that require more complex ingredients and equipment. The recipes taste great and make huge batches, so it’s good for a large family or those with some cooking experience.
- Eat Clean Diet Cookbook-there are three of them. This one is about eating whole foods, but includes recipes with meat, eggs and dairy. Great for those who are transitioning, but aren’t ready to give it all up at once. The 2nd one is more gourmet cooking, so best to start with the first.
- Chocolate-Covered Katie Cookbook-healthy desserts. Most of them ARE really healthy and they taste great. Some still have refined sugars and oils, but it’s a perfect place to go when you have a sweet tooth.
Happy reading!! Please share you’re recommendations as well. I’m always up for another good book.