How to go Plant-Based

The most important thing to keep in mind while making any major transition in life, is to educate yourself and gain the necessary information and experience to feel empowered in the new lifestyle change. This is imperative in becoming vegan, to ensure you are making the shift in a healthy, powerful, and effortless manner. I recommend the following books, videos, documentaries and resources to anyone looking to become healthier, more environmentally friendly, more compassionate to animals, or just more educated about the food industry. Share these with your community and enjoy!


Book recommendations

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

This book changed my life. I was required to read it in my freshman English class at the University of Connecticut, and it completely opened my eyes to the atrocities of the factory farming industry, and its affects on human health, the harm caused to animals, and the destruction of our beautiful planet. A must-read! Eating Animals Website

Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, MD

Eat to Live is so well written, and provides a doctor's explanation as to why a whole-foods, plant-based diet is the best lifestyle for your health and wellness, and how it aids in weight lost/maintenance, and preventing diseases! For anyone interested in the science behind veganism and how it benefits your body, give this one a read! Also, highly recommended to anyone who's skeptical about the health advantages to a plant-based diet!  Joel Fuhrman's Website

Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin

Skinny Bitch is a hilarious, quick read highlighting many of the benefits to being vegan, including losing a few pounds, helping the planet, and ridding yourself of negative energy. Although this book gets some slack for being on the crude side, I think it appeals to the younger generations, and definitely gets some great points across. Plus it has fantastic food/meal suggestions at the end of the book! Skinny Bitch Website

Main Street Vegan by Victoria Moran

Main Street Vegan is an easily digestible guide to veganism. Victoria Moran is an author, public speaker, and a certified vegan lifestyle coach. She also runs Main Street Vegan Academy and is the host of the Main Street Vegan podcast. This book is a gentle, compassionate guide to transitioning to a vegan lifestyle in a way that works for your body, your lifestyle, and the planet. Her writing is straight-forward, inspiring and easy to relate to! Main Street Vegan Website


Movie recommendations

Vegucated

This fabulous documentary follows the journey of three meat & dairy - loving individuals who agree to go vegan for six weeks. Their roller coaster adventure is engaging, inspiring, and eye-opening. A film that individuals with any food lifestyle can connect with, I definitely recommend Vegucated for anyone interested in the plant-based world. Vegucated Website

Forks Over Knives

It's not difficult to find people who are opposed to, or questioning of the vegan lifestyle. This incredibly well-done film, created by a team of physicians, documents all of the studies done and health benefits recorded that prove a whole-foods plant-based diet is incomparable to any other lifestyle, in preventing and reversing diseases, and giving individuals the nutrient-dense foods they need to live long and healthy lives. Even my most vegan-resistant friends loved this film and got a great amount of value from its contents. Forks Over Knives Website

Earthlings

This powerful documentary exposes the use of animals for human consumption, fashion, entertainment, and more. Prepare to experience a whole range of emotions watching this one. I couldn't recommend it more to anyone. I think everyone deserves to know the truth about what we're doing to non-human animals, and what we can do to make the world a better place. Earthlings Website

Cowspiracy

If you consider yourself an environmentalist, or if you have any desire for our planet to exist long enough for your grandchildren or great-grandchildren to live, I suggest you watch this film. Cowspiracy explores the inarguable damage that animal agriculture causes to our beautiful planet, and the corruption that is hidden in some of the most well-respected non-profit organizations with an environmental focus. Prepare to be shocked. Cowspiracy Website

Meet Your Meat by PETA

If you don't have time to watch drawn out documentaries, but you're interested in knowing what you're putting in your mouth everyday, then watch this short 12 minute film that documents the truth about the meat industry, and what you deserve to know. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) made this short video to give even the busiest viewer a slice of reality, that will change your life. Watch Meet Your Meat