My Plant-Based Reading & Watch List
If it hadn't been for a weekend-long Netflix binge, I probably still wouldn't be vegan. My diet would likely still consist of baked chicken, frozen tilapia fillets, whey protein shakes, and Pop Tarts (yes, for real).
So far be it from me to doubt the power that documentaries, and books, have over our behavior patterns. I know the influence they have, first-hand!
I get asked frequently where to start when researching a plant-based diet--so much in fact, that I'm working to launch an entire course on just that (which you can preview and get on the wait list for, under the "courses" tab of this site!)
While that's a loaded question, I can totally point you in the right direction thanks to the plethora of documentaries and points out there, delving into every element of veganism.
Documentaries (all available on Netflix)
When I watched this documentary, I was walking around claiming to be an environmentalist, studying it for my master's degree, trying to save the planet....all that jazz. Yet I had no idea the impact animal agriculture has on the planet, until this. It's a must-see, especially if animal cruelty and health just, hate to say it but...hasn't convinced you to go vegan (no shame, that was me!) It's light on those aspects, and explores the environmental impact, instead.
2. VedguatedThis is a less-hyped doc than the others on this list, but probably my favorite. It follows around a few regular-Joe, non-vegans and we watch as the filmmaker and doctors help them transition to a vegan lifestyle, educate them, and teach them (and you, the viewer) how to shop and eat. It's totally real about the struggles and ups and downs, and doesn't sugarcoat a thing.
4. Forks Over Knives
If you only have time to watch one, I'd probably say make it this one. I think of this as the promo video for veganism, essentially. It's uplifting, inspiring, and clearly demonstrates the enormous health benefits in a way that's empowering and not at all scary. The accompanying website is also a WEALTH of information and recipes!
5. What the Health
You may have heard of this one for the controversy that surrounds it, unfortunately. However, I invite you to watch it, check the sources, and come to your own conclusions. While I admit the style is a liiitttle melodramatic (not in a gory or hard to watch way, don't worry), it's still one of the most convincing arguments out there from a health standpoint.
Books1. How to Not Die, by Michael Greger M.D.
I'm probably due for a re-read of this, because I read it so fast the first go-around I can barely remember it. All I can say is it solidified in my mind that I was making the right choice. It's data backed, which the grad student in me lovees, and isn't preachy or overbearing.
2. Proteinaholic, How Our Obsession with Meat is Killing Us and What we Can Do About It. by Garth Davis M.D.
This one I can remember reading every bit of, because I highlighted and dog-eared almost every page. If like me, protein has haunted you and caused you a ton of worry over the years, this will blow your mind! This book single-handedly cured my addiction to meat for good, and I have a feeling it will for you too.
3. Superlife, The 5 Simple Fixes that Will Make you Healthy, Fit, and Eternally Awesome. by Darin Olien
Not even a vegan book per say, this is just my bible when it comes to what I put into my body. This was the book that blew my mind and opened my eyes the most to how terribly I'd been treating my body (but don't worry, it makes changing your ways incredibly attainable, with grocery lists, menus, and bullet point lists.)
I could go on and on, because frankly a new documentary or book is being released just about weekly at this point--which is an amazing fact in and of itself, but this should get you started!What are your favorite books and documentaries out there on the topic of eating plant-based? Let me know if I left any essentials out! And stay tuned for part 2 where I'll share my favorite newcomer books and docs released in the past year!
I could go on and on, because frankly a new documentary or book is being released just about weekly at this point--which is an amazing fact in and of itself, but this should get you started!
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