Plant Based Diet Resources

I had a client reach out to me today because her younger sister is having some medical issues and she’s been trying to get her to try a plant-based diet for her health. She was asking for any information I could get her (which is quite extensive) and I thought I should share this list, as it might be helpful for others that may be new to this new way of eating. This is not an advertisement in any way, just some of the things I have read, watched, or follow that I find interesting and helpful. I am constantly reading to learn new things, so I’d love if you have some favorites that you share with me too.

I eat a plant-based diet free of refined sugar and dairy. I let some gluten in (sourdough bread from the farmer’s market occasionally), eat seafood, and eggs. Very rarely I eat honey (if I’m sick or a sweet treat). I do eat meat on a rare occurrence, but have found that since I rarely eat it, I’ve lost my taste for it so it usually tastes off or “gamey” to me. I do not consider myself vegan, but do call myself a Plant Based Eater and believe in the health benefits. The other thing that drastically helped my health was my involvement with Arbonne, as I am a Consultant with the company. I highly recommend the 30 Days to Healthy Living program for anyone that is looking to change their health. The program is designed to help cut the bad stuff out and change eating habits. I did it and almost 3 years later am still eating this way (for the most part), am healthy, and have kept the weight lost off.


IG

@alison__wu – blogger with great health/wellness tips (especially adaptogen supplements) & recipes
@leefromamerica – blogger chronicling her own health issues and changes she has made with food
@holisticali – posts lots of info on the healing benefits of foods
@letscookvegan – great for recipes
@buddha_bowls – another great one for meal ideas
@veganfoodspot – lots of recipes
@thefirstmess – lots of pics of yummy food + recipes
@thevegan.message – lots of infographics on plant benefits
@thefoodbabe – THE BEST!!! for dispelling myths that the food companies put out; she uncovers all the hidden ingredients in packaged food – sugar, unnatural substances, etc
@candicekumai – healthy food + girl power + sass
@somiigbene – plant-based nutritionist


BOOKS

  • The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder – This was the book that started my quest for information. While it does focus more on the effects of healthy eating from a “beauty” perspective, if you read between the lines you will learn how important healthy eating is for all the body’s functions (including cell regeneration, disease, and weight maintenance – all associated with “beauty”). She gives recipes to help detox too, which can be helpful
  • Idiot’s Guide to Ayuveda by Sahara Rose Ketabi – This is a recent read and I am obsessed with this book, especially as I want to learn more about Ayurveda. It’s great for explaining how although foods may seem healthy (salads, etc), they may not be the most appropriate thing for your body (ex. in the winter we should be eating more curries rather than salads). Eating more for your dosha results in a more balanced, healthy body.
  • Fully Present by Susan L. Smalley and Diana Winston – This one focuses more on Mindfulness, which is extremely important in good health. Without a healthy mind, your body can not be healthy.
  • Secrets of Self-Healing by Dr. Maoshing Ni – This one is actually on my list to read, but I’ve heard great things about it and it approaches health & wellness from an Eastern medicine perspective, which I like.
  • The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, and Miracles by Bruce H Lipton – I LOVE this book. Very scientific, but gets into the details of how you can heal yourself by willing it. 

MOVIES

  • What The Health? – very pro-vegan, but def gets you questioning the food industry & lobbyists
  • Food Inc – This is the movie that started it all for me. It broke my heart…I was sobbing! It turned me into a distrusting, label-reader of packaged food. years later, I now buy very few packaged foods.
  • In Defense of Food – done by food writer, Michael Pollan, so he really gets into the nutrient benefits of foods & specifically plants.
  • The Magic Pill – focuses on the Ketogenic diet, which I don’t agree with 100%, but great because it gets into the relationship with unhealthy food and disease
  • Forks Over Knives – great info on plant based diet and link with disease (or lack thereof)

Much love and nourishment for your body & soul,

xo, Jessica

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