The resources listed here will help you on your journey to a whole foods, plant based, no-oil diet. Happy reading/viewing!
Forks Over Knives (DVD): An excellent documentary which features many of the doctors and researchers listed below. The film follows the course of several unhealthy people, who realize dramatic improvements to their health by switching to a whole-food, plant based diet. This documentary also clearly explains the science behind the claims. Purchase or read more about the Forks Over Knives DVD here. Visit the website for info/recipes: forksoverknives.com
Dr. John McDougall has a long history of reversing disease through whole-food nutrition. He has authored many books (his latest include “The Starch Solution” and “The Healthiest Diet on the Planet”), cookbooks and cooking DVDs. His 10-day live-in clinic in California has been reversing disease and changing lives for years. His website contains a world of reliable information, a free diet plan, and recipes. Sign up for his newsletters or weekly video messages at www.drmcdougall.com.
The China Study, and the book Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition. Dr. Campbell was instrumental in a long-term investigation of the cancer rates in China. In 2004, he published The China Study, which examined more than 6500 people in sixty-five different Chinese villages. Dr. Campbell’s long-term studies also show that cancers and tumors thrive on animal protein (casein, a dairy protein, was used in the study); tumors could be “switched off and on” by varying the amount of animal protein ingested, and the highest amount used was in the normal range of what Americans typically consume today. The China Study is a very interesting and life-changing read. This study is also featured in the Forks Over Knives documentary listed above.
Wellness Forum Health: An organization located in Columbus OH, founded by Dr. Pam Popper (who is also featured in Forks Over Knives). I credit the Wellness Forum classes for changing my life over 15 years ago. Anyone can make a claim about food or health, but Dr. Pam digs deep into studies and bases everything on long-term, independent, credible science which is independently funded. Membership is quite reasonable, and allows access to several live conference calls each week on various topics, as well as access to dozens of recorded sessions on line. Membership also includes Class 101 (by local class, or by conference call) – to teach the basics of why and how to adopt a plant-based lifestyle. Check them out at http://wellnessforumhealth.com. Sign up for the newsletter or Dr. Pam’s video messages.
Dr. Michael Greger: Physician and New York Times bestselling author who scours the world’s nutrition research to bring you free daily videos and articles. All proceeds from his books, DVDs, and speaking go to charity. Visit his website http://nutritionfacts.org. I highly recommend his latest book – How Not to Die – available on Amazon.
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. Drawing from a 20-year nutritional study – the most comprehensive of its kind – Dr. Esselstyn of the Cleveland Clinic convincingly demonstrates that plant-based, oil-free nutrition can not only prevent and stop the progression of heart disease, but can also reverse its effects. The men and women in the study came to him with advanced coronary disease. Within months of following his plan, symptoms eased, cholesterol dropped significantly, and blood flow improved remarkably. Learn more at www.heartattackproof.com.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM): Headed up by Dr. Neal Barnard (author of Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes), the PCRM website is a great resource for nutritional and medical information. Dr. Barnard has authored many books and is a compelling speaker. I saw him in 2013 at a conference where he presented on the topic of diet and Alzheimer’s Disease. This website also hosts a 21-day vegan challenge, complete with recipes and tips from experts. His book, Power Foods for the Brain, is excellent. Sign up for the newsletter or the recipe of the week at www.pcrm.org.
The Engine 2 Diet, by Rip Esselstyn: Rip is the son of Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. A professional triathlete turned firefighter in Texas, Rip was concerned over the high cholesterol level of a fellow firefighter. He challenged his Engine 2 firehouse to go plant-based for 28 days, with amazing results. Rip has since become a well-know author and speaker. Also read his book My Beef with Meat and take his 28-day challenge at www.engine2diet.com.
Building Bone Vitality, by Dr. Amy Lanou. Dr. Lanou explains in this book why the countries with the hightest intake of dairy and calcium also experience the highest rates of bone fractures. The culprit is phosphoric acid (this isn’t new information – it was first discovered in the late 1800’s). Read this book to learn Dr. Lanou’s prescription for bone health (Hint: Nix the dairy!) Learn more at www.buildingbonevitality.com.
The above websites (Forks over Knives, Dr. McDougall, PCRM, and Engine 2) are also great sources of DVDs and cookbooks
Recipes and Cooking Tips:
www.thevegan8.com: Recipes with 8 ingredients or less – yummy soups, BBQ Loaf and fat-free Cheese Sauce!
www.forksoverknives.com: Articles, testimonials, and a variety of recipes to try.
www.straightupfood.com: Great recipes by Cathy Fisher – be sure to try her casseroles and salads.
PlantPure Nation cookbook and recipes: Another reliable resource for delicious food.
www.brandnewvegan.com: We’ve found some great comfort food on this site – try the Savory Mushroom pot pie and the Macaroni and Cheese.
www.fatfreevegan.com: Choose low fat recipes that are delicious. Try the “fit fries” for an easy side dish.