Books & resources

Books

Super Immunitya great deal of our susceptibility towards diseases, from a common cold to more serious like heart disease and cancer, comes from nutritional deficiency. Whether we are vegan, vegetarian, paleo or even if we don’t care about any particular lifestyle, we can all agree on one thing – that most of our nutrition should come from plant-based foods. In this book, Dr. Joel Fuhrman directs us towards the diet plan called G-BOMBS – Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries, and Seeds. If you include these foods into your everyday diet,  you are boosting your chances of living a very long, healthy and active life.

 

 


Eat to Live
– Obesity and excess are two of the leading causes of many modern conditions and diseases.  In this book,  Dr. Joel Furhman offers a plan to lose weight and keep it off. Be warned, this is not a diet book, but a lifestyle book. It will demand significant changes in your food choices. The good news is that all the recipes are delicious and made from wholesome everyday ingredients.

 

 


Salt Sugar Fat
– Are you familiar with that feeling after you eat an ice-cream or a bag of potato chips? Have you ever heard of a term “bliss point”? Food companies have been scientifically tweaking ratios of salt, sugar, and fat to optimize consumer bliss and to create the greatest amount of crave. In this book, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Moss goes inside the world of processed and packaged foods. After reading it, you will never look at a nutrition label the same way again.

 

 


Whole
– This book, written by Dr. T Colin Campbell and Dr. Howard Jacobson’s, will vastly expand your knowledge on benefits of the plant-based diet and the amazing complexity of the human body.

 

 

 

 


Finding Ultra
–  Written by Rich Roll, this is a story about his personal transformation. At the age of 40, from out-of-shape recovering alcoholic into one of the world’s best endurance athletes.  After undergoing a diet detox, adopting a vegan lifestyle, and pushing his fitness regimen to undreamed-of heights, he was profiled by Men’s Fitness as one of the world’s 25 fittest men. He completed the unprecedented “Epic 5”–five back-to-back Ironman-distance triathlons on five different Hawaiian islands in under a week–an achievement many said was impossible. This is an inspiring story of the remarkable transformation and a complete physical and spiritual rejuvenation.

 



No Meat Athlete
– If you don’t want to be the superhuman endurance athlete like Rich Roll, but still want to eat plant-based foods and introduce some activity into your life, then this is the book for you. Matt Frazier offers practical advice on food, cooking, exercise, and willpower, as well as printable meals and exercise plans.

 

 

Cookbooks :

Oh She Glows
The Happy Herbivore Cookbook
Everyday Happy Herbivore
Happy Herbivore Light & Lean
Rawsome Vegan Baking
Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen
Chocolate-Covered Katie
But I Could Never Go Vegan!
The Homemade Vegan Pantry
The Plantpower Way

Documentaries

A couple of documentaries that inspired us:

Forks over knives –  features top vegan advocates like Caldwell Esselstyn, T. Colin Campbell, John A. McDougall, Neal D. Barnard and others and provides the scientific data-based evidence that switching to a low-fat, whole food, plant-based diet can help avoid or reverse several chronic diseases like coronary artery disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer.

Cowspiracy – This documentary shines a light on an easily observable impact of animal agriculture on the environment. Statistics presented in this film are astonishing, but what is even more astonishing is the refusal of prominent environmental protection agencies to tackle this issue.  Greenpeace, Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation, Rainforest Action Network, and many more were approached and confronted in this documentary, and they all either refused or tried to play down the alarming topics presented.

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead – Joe Cross is in his 40s, obese and with several other health issues, like high blood pressure and very rare, debilitating autoimmune disease. Under the supervision of Dr. Joel Furhman, he takes up a fruit and vegetable juice fast for 60 days. Results he achieves in those 60 days are nothing more than astonishing. He loses 100 pounds and discontinues all medications. This is not only a documentary about regaining one man’s health, it is also a road movie. On the road, Joe meets various people and even manages to put an obese truck driver on his regiment.

Food Inc. – Where does our food come from? How is it made? Who is giving the green light for health and safety? Who decides what has to be on the label? What do these labels even mean? This documentary explores all these questions and also gives us an insight into the economic and legal power of the food giants.

Fed Up – This is a documentary about one of the main culprits in today’s epidemic of obesity – sugar. It is an investigation into large quantities of sugar in processed foods that can cause addiction and a number of other health problems besides obesity. The author shows us an immense power of large food companies and sugar manufacturers who, with inexhaustible financial power, stop or slow down policies to provide healthier diets to children.

Vegucated – Vegucated is a documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks and learn what it’s all about.

Podcasts

Rich Roll – This is our favorite podcast. Each week, Rich looks deep into all things wellness with some of the brightest and most forward-thinking, paradigm-busting minds in health, fitness, nutrition, art, entertainment, entrepreneurship & spirituality.

No meat athlete – Training tips, recipes, advice on how to transition to the healthier lifestyle and the occasional dose of inspiration.

One you feed
It takes conscious, constant and creative effort to make a life worth living. This podcast is about how other people keep themselves moving in the right direction – how they feed their good wolf.

Nutrition facts – Not a podcast per se,  but Michael Greger M.D. digs through mountains of scientific studies and delivers short, clear, easily understandable clips on various topics.

Blogs and websites

The happy pear
Finding vegan
Happy herbivore
Blissful basil
Chocolate covered Katie
The full helping
Yum universe
Connoisseurus veg
Cookin Canuck
Faring well
Happy hearted kitchen
Healthy Happy Life
I love vegan
Keepin it kind
Minimalist baker
My new roots
Oh she glows
Olives for dinner
Pickles n honey
The colorful kitchen
The vegan8
The plant strong vegan
This rawsome vegan life
Vegan Richa
Vegan yack attack
Well and full
Allyson Kramer
Post punk kitchen
Thug kitchen
Vegan miam

Youtube channels

Happy Pear – Dave and Steve Flynn are super-positive identical twins behind the Happy Pear brand and their channel is all about making the world happier and healthier! They upload their videos weekly and are always happy to answer any questions you might have.