Rich Roll is the person who sparked my initial interest in all things plant-based. He's many things, including a father, husband, accomplished ultra endurance athlete, and the host of the acclaimed Rich Roll Podcast. The man is a launchpad into a world full of big ideas and high achievers.
If you follow only person on this list, I suggest you choose him.
Michael Greger, MD
Often referred to as the "Michael Jordan" of plant-based nutrition, Dr. Greger is an accomplished physician, author, public speaker, and the founder of nutritionfacts.org, an online nutrition resource I access weekly.
John Joseph McGowan
John Joseph is a musician, author of "Meat is for Pussies" and a triathlete, based out of New York City. A long-time vegan of about 30 years years, McGowan has seen a lot and has a lot to say. He's a vocal advocate of plant-based diets, and while some consider him offensive, it's his street-level, no bullshit straight-talk that caught and fixed my attention.
Dr. Rhonda Patrick
Dr. Patrick is an expert on nutritional health, brain, cancer & aging. She's a highly intelligent mind and she zooms in on the microscopic aspects of health. Dr. Patrick is a trustworthy voice, and an ideal pick for anyone who likes to geek out on science.
In early 2017 I met Wim Hof and attended one of his workshops in Vancouver, where I learned the basic Wim Hof Method of deep breathing and cold exposure with 400 other participants. Since then, The Wim Hof Method has become a technique I've incorporated into my daily life and endurance training. Meanwhile the method gains more and more traction, globally.
Dr. Michelle McMacken
Dr. McMacken is an NYC-based internal medicine physician encouraging people to lead healthy and compassionate lives through plant-based nutrition. Dr. McMacken has only been on my radar for a little while, but she approaches health from an evidence based position, and I just really like her vibes.
I met Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus here in Saskatoon while they were on a book tour for their memoir "Everything That Remains". They're not necessarily advocates of vegan diets and nutrition, but I found their message on minimalism and their approach to life so informative to my own, that I have to include them in this list. They're a kind but contrarian voice against a faith in excessive, insiduous materialism. The type intent to have you fill the void in your soul with material things as the one, true remedy to your problems.