Here is a list of people and tools that will help you get your plant-based bearings. They are resources I consistently circle back to.
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.
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. 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. 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.
NUTRITIONFACTS.ORG is a strictly non-commercial, science-based public service provided by Dr. Michael Greger, providing free updates on the latest in nutrition research via bite-sized videos. There are more than a thousand videos on nearly every aspect of healthy eating, with new videos and articles uploaded every day. NutritionFacts.org was launched with seed money and support by the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation. Incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit charity, NutritionFacts.org now relies on individual donors to keep the site alive and thriving - NutritionFacts.org website
What does it mean to live a good life? Is it a life lived as healthy as possible? As energetically as possible? As “alive” as possible? At the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, we believe it is all these things. A life lived with less uncertainty about maintaining health and more focus on building happiness – enjoying our work, our leisure, and our loved ones to the fullest. - The Centre For Nutrition Studies website.
[The Blue Zones] use an innovative, systematic, environmental approach to well-being that optimizes policy, urban and building design and social networks. Our work has been featured in media from Oprah to NPR. - Blue Zones website.
The Good Food Institute (GFI) is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that promotes plant-based meat, dairy, and eggs, as well as "clean meat" (more commonly known as cultured meat) alternatives to the products of conventional animal agriculture. The organization launched in February 2016 with the vision of creating a healthy, humane, and sustainable food supply. GFI targets scientists, policymakers, and entrepreneurs to promote plant-based products and cellular agriculture. - Wikipedia
This podcast is a launchpad into a space full big ideas, insight, and high achievers. The Rich Roll Podcast is a long-form, deep dive into an array of topics, ranging from athletics, health, philosophy, addiction, and everything in between.
Each episode is a conversational interview between Rich Roll and (usually) a single guest on the opposite microphone. While the guests tend to be very North American centric, there are a handful of appearances from international personalities.
This is a great podcast if you are interested in people, and expanding your conception of what's humanly possible.
Cowspiracy succeeds on a very challenging aspect of any subject: making the numbers interesting and understandable to a wide audience.
Taking a macro view, Cowspiracy makes a compelling case to reduce the scale and scope of our existing animal agriculture system. I'm generally cautious with documentaries, but I recommend this one. I consider it a great primer for any discussion about environmentalism, ethics, and compassion,
Cowspiracy shines a bright light on the environmental consequences of our collective obsession with animal protein and animal product consumption.
Considered highly controversial by critics, What The Health is a fairly scathing indictment on health NGOs, the medical establishment, Big Pharma and the impacts of the S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) on human health.
While I'm not fully on board with all claims and material contained within this production, there is common thread in here that exists in the plant-based sphere: that when you make greens, beans, and whole grains the dominant players in your diet, you can expect significant improvements in your health and energy levels.
When I watched the trailer for Earthlings, I had disturbing flashbacks to what I saw for an entire week.
I still haven't watched this documentary from start to finish. And that's actually why I recommend it. It puts the torment of the animal agriculture system right in front of your eyes, so you are forced to confront the awful underside of what it takes to make meat seemingly abundant and harmless to produce. I don't consider myself faint of heart, but Earthlings is a very tough pill to swallow.
Cited as the "Grand Prix" of epidemiological studies, The China Study is data heavy and written by accomplished medical minds, This book is not for everybody, but it's full of compelling evidence why the consumption of animal-based foods is not in the best interest of human beings, physiologically speaking. It's a brick of a book, but an important one.
Similar to The China Study, How Not to Die is a tome that makes a great, evidence-based argument why a plant-based diet is optimal for human health and longevity. 100% of the proceeds of this book are channeled to support NutritionFacts.org, a fantastic online nutrition resource that is free access.
This is a well-researched, humourously written book about the pitfalls of consuming meat, eggs, and dairy. It's crass, it's loud, it's funny, it's short, and it's effective. Reading this book is like having a trusted friend sit you down and set you straight on your behaviour and your attitude.
This is one of my all time favourite books on plant-based nutrition and the lifestyle.
Canadian Angela Liddon set the culinary world alight with this book. This book consistently gets mentioned as a must-have in the plant-based sphere, and for good reason: the recipes are incredible. Oh She Glows is so popular that, now, it's probably more accurate categorize it as a cultural institution than a simply as a recipe book.
Riffing on the flavours and intentions of the original Oh She Glows, Oh She Glows Everyday is a great kitchen resource, and the recipes were crafted with busy lives in mind. Inside this book are recipes that are simplified, stripped back, and easier to whip up if you're pinched for time.
There are a number of Thug Kitchen recipe books out there now, but this is the OG Thug Kitchen. Having it in our home kitchen brought some serious bold flavour punch to our food. This is a great book to have if you're looking to cautiously wade into the waters of plant-based eating.