There are MANY wonderful book resources to recommend, and some will be more applicable to some people than others, depending on what your goals are. I can recommend specific reading to clients during consultations; however, here are a few favourites that you may want to check out in the meantime (note that I do not receive anything from anyone for these recommendations!):
How Not to Die by Michael Greger, M.D. is a readable evidence-based resource that shows how the food we eat is directly linked to our health and chronic disease. In this book he not only shows why but how to eat a whole foods, plant-based diet. If you only read one book about plant-based health, this should be it.
The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Campbell II documents the findings of the largest nutrition study ever conducted. “This is one of the most important books about nutrition ever written – reading it may save your life.” – Dean Ornish, MD
Whole by T. Colin Campbell, PhD with Howard Jacobson, PhD emphasizes and explains the importance of eating whole plant-based foods, and a case for moving away from the mentality that focuses on single nutrients to solve our health issues. A convincing case from a giant in the nutrition field.
Becoming Vegan by Brenda Davis RD and Vesanto Melina MS, RD is a wonderful resource on vegan nutrition, and what it takes to be a healthy vegan. This book is very readable but contains lots of detail for those really interested in the why.
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. M.D. is based on the groundbreaking results of his twenty-year nutritional study, illustrating that a plant-based, oil-free diet can not only prevent the progression of heart disease but can also reverse its effects. Dr. Esselstyn is an internationally known surgeon, researcher and former clinician at the Cleveland Clinic and a featured expert in the acclaimed documentary Forks Over Knives. Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease has helped thousands across the country, and is the book behind Bill Clinton’s life-changing vegan diet.
Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes by Neal Barnard, M.D. is about how a healthy plant-based diet can arrest and reverse diabetes – a comprehensive, readable book that includes recipes and meal plans to help you get started.
Power Foods for the Brain: An Effective 3-Step Plan to Protect Your Mind and Strengthen Your Memory by Neal Barnard, M.D. is full of great information about how certain foods help to protect and optimize brain function, while others can compromise it.
Eat To Live by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. outlines the incredible benefits that a whole-foods, plant-based lifestyle can bring, and really makes you WANT to eat healthy foods to fuel your body with what it needs for optimum health, no matter where you’re starting from.
Super Immunity by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. is all about the importance of the phytochemicals in plant foods. We hear a lot about the macronutrients in foods (protein, carbohydrates and fats) and even about the micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) but the real powerhouses are those lesser-known phytochemicals…and how they affect our immune systems and protect us from disease is what you’ll learn about in this book.
The Starch Solution: Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good! by John McDougall, M.D. and Mary McDougall debunks the myths that surround carbohydrate-rich foods, showing that by fueling the body primarily with healthy carbohydrates rather than proteins and fats, readers will feel satisfied, boost energy, and look and feel their best.
The Forks Over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet by Alona Pulde, M.D. Matthew Lederan M.D., Marah Stets (Contributor) and Brian Wendel (Contributor) is a step-by-step guide to transitioning to a healthy, whole-foods plant-based way of eating. Includes recipes, meal plans, advice on how to deal with eating out and other tricky situations.
The Plant-Based Journey by Lani Muelrath is a great transition book, helping people through the process of transitioning to a healthy WFPB diet and lifestyle, no matter where they are presently on their journey.
The Pleasure Trap by Doug J. Lisle Ph.D. and Alan Goldhammer, D.C. offers insight into how dietary and lifestyle excesses can cause addictions and prevent us from living life to the fullest.
The Telomere Effect by Elizabeth Blackburn Ph.D. and Elissa Epel, Ph.D. — What if you knew that how you live your life today – not just what you eat or how much you exercise, but also how well you sleep, the quality of your relationships, and how you handle stress – are directly and importantly related to how long you will live, and even more significantly, how healthy you will be as you get older? Read my review of this book on the blog.
The Cheese Trap by Dr. Neal Barnard, MD is all about the reasons you might want to think about taking the leap and getting cheese OUT of your diet. It explains the reasons so many people find it difficult, as well as why cheese and dairy are so harmful for our health. If you’ve been on the fence, this book will help!