Please see below for specific categories of resources like books, movies, smartphone apps, podcasts and websites.
YouTube is a great source for all kinds of nutritional and lifestyle videos for free. Many of the authors listed below have lectures recorded on this platform.
For disease-specific resources, please visit the “Diseases Topics” page.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
“The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer” Dan Buettner. National Geographic explorer. World record holder for distance cycling around the world. Details the habits of the longest lived and healthiest societies on earth.
“The Longevity Diet” Valter Longo, PhD. Head of University of Southern California’s Longevity Institute.
One of the most acclaimed longevity researchers in the world outlines his research and findings.
Undo It!: How Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Reverse Most Chronic Diseases Lifestyle medicine pioneer Dean Ornish’s book about reversing chronic disease.
“Your Body in Balance” Dr. Neal Barnard’s book about how lifestyle, especially foods impact our hormones and health.
“4Leaf Guide to Vibrant Health: Using the Power of Food to Heal Ourselves and Our Planet“ J. Morris Hicks and Kerry Graff
“How to Make Disease Disappear” Rangan Chatterjee, MD
“How to Be Well: The 6 Keys to a Happy and Healthy Life” Frank Lipman, MD
“Approaching the Natural: A Health Manifesto” Sid Garza-Hillman
“Breasts: The Owner’s Manual” Dr. Kristi Funk. Breast cancer surgeon.
“Radical Remission. Surviving Cancer Against all Odds“. Kelly Turner, Ph.D. A must read for anyone with cancer or anyone taking care of or knows someone with cancer.
“Cured: The Life-Changing Science of Spontaneous Healing”, Dr. Jefferey Reddiger, MD, describes how “miraculous” cures and life threatening disease reversal is seen worldwide
“The Healing Self” Deepak Chopra. Great self-healing advice and information.
“The Stress Solution” Dr. Rangan Chatterjee, MD.
“The Hungry Brain: Outsmarting the Instincts That Make Us Overeat“. Stephan Guyenet, Ph.D. Excellent analysis and discussion about why we overeat and gain weight.
“A Parent’s Guide to Intuitive Eating: How to Raise Kids Who Love to Eat Healthy“. Dr. Yami Cazorla-Lancaster
“Nourish. The Definitive Plant-Based Guide for Families“ Brenda Davis, ND
“Your Bones: How You Can Prevent Osteoporosis and Have Strong Bones for Life―Naturally” . A great reference about bone health by Larra Pizzorno
“Body on Fire: How Inflammation Triggers Chronic Illness and the Tools We Have to Fight It”. Dr. Monica Aggarwal. Dr. Aggarwal is a Cardiologist who reversed her debilitating rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.
“Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health” Gene Stone, T. Colin Campbell, PhD
“Fiber Fueled” Will Bulsiewicz, MD. The Plant-Based Gut Health Program for Losing Weight, Restoring Your Health, and Optimizing Your Microbiome.
“The Healthiest Diet on the Planet” John McDougal, MD
“The Truth About Food” David Katz, MD
“The Whole Foods Diet: The Lifesaving Plan for Health and Longevity” John Mackey, CEO/Founder of Whole Foods Market
“In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto” Michael Pollan
“Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition” – T. Collin Campbell & Howard Jacobson
“Plant-Based Nutrition, 2E (Idiot’s Guides)” Ray Cronise & Julianna Hever
“Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?” Mark Hyman, MD
“Proteinaholic: How Our Obsession with Meat Is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It” Garth Davis, MD. Nationally recognized bariatric (weight loss) surgeon discusses our obsession with protein.
“This Cheese is Nuts!: Delicious Vegan Cheese at Home” by Julie Piatt
“Feeding You Lies” Vani Hari. Fascinating book about the food industry and the illusion of labels on packaging.
“Eat Wheat” by Dr. John Douillard. A great reference about the importance of real wheat in our diet.
“The Pleasure Trap” – Dr.s Doug Lisle and Alan Goldahamer show how our food choices have hijacked our ability to live a healthy and happy life.
“The Secret to Ultimate Weight Loss“. Chef AJ shares her personal experience, weight loss plan and many success stories.
“The Sprout Book” by Doug Evans. A great source for learning about sprouts and how to easily grow them at home.
“The Whole Heart Solution” Joel Khan, MD. How to prevent, reverse and cure heart disease.
“Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure” Caldwell Esselstyn, MD
“Neil Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes” Neil Barnard, MD
“Mastering Diabetes” Cyrus Khambatta, PhD and Robbie Barbarro, MPH
“Goodbye Diabetes” Wes Youngberg, MD
“The End of Diabetes” Joel Furhman, MD
DEMENTIA, BRAIN HEALTH & STRESS MANAGEMENT:
“The Alzheimer’s Solution” Dean Sherzai, MD
“Brain Food – The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power” Lisa Mosconi, PhD
“Power Foods for the Brain” Neil Barnard, MD
“Heal Your Headache” David Buchholtz, MD – Migraine Headache management.
“Good Morning, I Love You” Shauna Shapiro, PhD. Mindfulness and self-compassion practices to rewire your brain for calm, clarity, and joy.
IMMUNITY and AUTOIMMUNITY:
“Autoimmune Fix” Tom O’Bryan
“The Autoimmune Solution: Prevent and Reverse the Full Spectrum of Inflammatory Symptoms and Diseases” Amy Myers, MD. This physician suffered with debilitating Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis an describes her protocol for treatment.
“The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles” Terry Wahls, MD. She developed the “Wahls Protocol” to manage and treat Multiple Sclerosis.
“Goodbye Lupus: How a Medical Doctor Healed Herself Naturally With Supermarket Foods” Brooke Goldener, MD. Suffering with life-threatening lupus for years, she reversed her condition using lifestyle changes including switching to a plant-based diet.
“Body on Fire” by Dr. Monica Aggarwal, a cardiologist who struggled for years with debilitating rheumatoid arthritis.
EXERCISE AND STRESS MANAGEMENT:
“Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself” Vegan ultra-endurance athlete Rich Roll’s autobiography.
“Body by Science: A Research Based Program for Strength Training, Body building, and Complete Fitness in 12 Minutes a Week” Doug McGuff, MD (geeky information about the benefits of strength training vs aerobics)
“Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales” Penn Jillette – autobiography about his amazing weight and health transformation.
“The Plant-Based Athlete: A Game-Changing Approach to Peak Performance” Matt Frazier and Robert Cheeke
“Kickoff.com“. Great vegan resource guide with many useful athletic links.
ENVIRONMENT, ANIMALS RIGHTS and INDUSTRY:
“Eat for the Planet: Saving the World One Bite at a Time” Nil Zacharis
“The Uninhabitable Earth” David Wallace-Wells
“Salt, Sugar & Fat” – Michael Moss. Describes how the food industry tries to manipulate its products to make them as addictive as possible.
“Diet for a Small Planet (20th Anniversary Edition)” Frances Moor Lappe
“How2recycle.info” Great resource about what and how to recycle and how to read recycling labels.
“True Cost” Documentary about the “fast fashion” industry and how the world of clothing abuses and enslaves people and contaminates the planet.
“Diet for a New America: How Food Choices Affect your Health, Happiness and the Future of Life on Earth” John Robbins’ foundational book about how our diet impacts on our health and our future.
“Why we Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows. An Introduction to Carnism” Dr. Melanie Joy’s description of the concept of Carnism which is the belief system we have learned from our societies making eating certain animals acceptable and certain animal not acceptable.
“Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic” David Quammen.
“Carbon Yoga: The Vegan Metamorphosis” Sailesh Rao
“Plant Power Way” Rich Roll & Julie Piatt
The Plantpower Way: Italia: Delicious Vegan Recipes from the Italian Countryside Rich Roll & Julie Pratt
“How Not To Die Cookbook” Michael Greger, MD
“Neil Barnard’s Cookbook for Reversing Diabetes” Neil Barnard, MD
“The Vegan Starter Kit” Dr. Neal Barnard’s concise starter book about going plant-based.
“The Happy Pear: Recipes for Happiness” David and Stephen Flynn.
“The Blue Zones Kitchen. 100 Recipes to Live to 100” – Dan Buetner’s follow up book to the Blue Zones (see above).
MEAL PLANNING SERVICES
- FREE 21-day kick start program by the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine: www.21daykickstart.org
- Plant Power Way meal planner program: www.meals.richroll.com
- Health Made Simple meal planner program: go.nomeatathlete.com
- The Blue Zones meal planner: meals.bluezones.com
- Cooking classes online (I’ve done this and it was great): Rouxbe
- Happy Gut Course Transitioning to a healthy gut run by the Happy Pear.
- Lighter. Plenty of online support and meal planning services based on specific need.
nutritionfacts.org (My favorite site!) The best resource for science-based nutritional information.
4leaf.com – Diet survey and basic information about nutrition.
Switch 4 Good. Olympic athlete and and world record holder Dotsie Bausch shows how elite athletes are thriving without dairy and how unhealthy it actually is.
Plant Trainers (www.planttrainers.com) – great resource for kids plant-based nutrition
buoyhealth.com. Online tool is a private, free service which analyzes symptoms and provides possible diagnoses.
LocalHarvest.org. Great online source to find local farmer’s markets.
mangomannutrition.com – Fantastic nutritional and athletic support and information for diabetes and overall health.
mercyforanimals.org – Animal cruelty and welfare information.
empowertotalhealth.com.au – Australian site about nutrition and health promoting aspects of a plant-based diet
cleaningservicenewyorkcity.com – Great resource for home-made cleaning products, makeup and household products.
thevegancalculator.com/#calculator – Calculates your positive impact on the world by changing your habits.
drfurhman.com – Dr. Joel Furhman’s website. Lots of information and some reliable products
drjoelkahn.com – Vegan Cardiologist promoting healthy heart-healthy practices
pinklotus.com – Amazing breast cancer resource run by Dr. Kristi Funk, breast cancer surgeon, also offering free breast cancer care.
heartstrong.com. Cardiologist Dr. Steven Lome’s site about heart health.
doihaveprediabetes.org – website about pre-diabetes. Take the survey.
Heart Disease Risk Assessment Tool. American College of Cardiology risk self-assessment tool.
Veganmedicaldoctor.com – Dr. Brooke Goldner, MD, Internist, who cured herself of Lupus.
foodbabe.com – Great information. She is an amazing food safety advocate and activist
bluezones.com – Live like the healthiest and longest-lived people in the world.
forksoverknives.com – excellent resource for recipes, courses and nutritional education in general.
rouxbe.com – Great online cooking school offering all kinds of classes.
Farmer’s Market Listing – Lists local farmers markets in your area.
Local Harvest Resource to find local CSA (Community Sponsored Agriculture farm).
onegreenplanet.org – Website dedicated to planetary and personal wellness.
richroll.com – Vegan ultra-triathlete/lifestyle enthusiast Rich Roll’s website. lots of great resources.
nomeatathlete.com Great resource for vegan/plant-based athletes.
well.org – Website dedicated to general human, animal and planetary wellness.
centerforfoodsafety.org – Organization fighting the industrial model and promoting organic, ecological, and sustainable alternatives.
eatwellguide.com – Provides an online directory of sustainably raised meat, poultry, dairy and eggs.
eatwild.com – Lists local suppliers of grass-fed meat and dairy products.
heritagefoodsusa.com – Sells mail-order traceable products from small farms.
foundmyfitness.com – Longevity researcher Dr. Rhonda Patrick’s site.
examine.com – Independent website reviewing scientific data about benefits of specific supplements.
chrisbeatcancer.com – Inspirational personal story and information about fighting and preventing cancer
eattobeat.org – Cancer information and prevention
ornish.com – Dr. Dean Ornish (lifestyle and wellness pioneer).
masteringdiabetes.org – Online information and support program to reverse Type 2 Diabetes and improve management of Type 1 Diabetes.
mindbodygreen.com – General personal wellness site.
care2.com – Human, animal and planetary wellness site.
thrivemarket.com Great online source for discount organic and non-GMO foods.
dryfarmwines.com – online source for healthier, lower sugar and sulfite, organic and bio-dynamically grown wines.
navs-online.org North American Vegetarian Society.
veganhealth.org – Evidence based nutrient recommendations.
4leafprogram.com – Information about plant-based diets.
ewg.org – Environmental working group. Lists healthy and unhealthy products including food, healthcare and cleaning products…
The Clean Label Project. Analysis of many food products and identifying labeling fraud.
Grove. A great online resource for natural cleaning products.
uhtrust.org – Environmental Health Trust. Lots of information about the dangers of cellular technology.
prolonfmd.com – Fasting mimicking diets. Longevity and health through fasting and caloric restriction.
myplasticlife.com – site discussing how we can reduce plastic in our lives.
packagefreeshop.com – great online source for plastic alternatives.
Outerknown. Sustainably and organically made modern, trendy clothing.
lifewithoutplastic.com – another great online source for plastic alternatives.
goingzerowaste.com – Discusses and gives ideas about how to reduce our waste production.
carnism.org Site dedicated to the issue of why we eat certain animals and not others.
www.paddisonprogram.com – An online resource dealing with Rheumatoid Arthritis, along with other inflammatory conditions.
www.almondcow.co – A great, inexpensive gadget for home to make all kinds of plant-based milks.
Nutramilk – Another device to make plant milk. A little more expensive but it also has options to make butters and is also a high speed blender.
beekeepersnaturals.com – A great source for healthy, ethical bee products.
www.wholesomellc.com – great nutritional information for cancer patients as well as a cancer prevention strategy. Online courses available.
Veganbootcamp.org – Don’t know how to start? Check out this site for information about how to start applying vegan principles to diet and lifestyle.
Force of Nature – All natural, do-it-yourself all-purpose cleaner and disinfectant. Saves lots of money and much cleaner and safer than traditional chemicals.
Pubmed – The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) library of scientifically verified studies. 2 other such sites are:
MOVIES / DOCUMENTARIES / VIDEOS
“Food Choices” Documentary about the health and environmental impact of animal agriculture as well as ethical considerations.
“Forks over Knives”. Impact of nutrition on health overall.
“Cowspiracy”. Documentary about animal cruelty and the impact of animal agriculture on the environment.
“What the Health”. How the food industry influences health policy.
“Simply Raw”. Movie documenting how nutrition can reverse diabetes (link is to the YouTube version).
“Fed Up” Impact of the Standard American Diet on our health.
“Earthlings”. (narrated by Juaquin Phoenix). Ethics of animal agriculture
“Food, Inc” Animal agriculture and its effect on our food and diet.
“The Cove” Documenting the slaughter of dolphins in Japan
“The Game Changers” Plant-based athletes speak out.
“The Widow Maker”. Hidden risks of heart disease and how politics and profit dictate which procedures and tests are done.
“If Slaughterhouses had Glass Windows, Everyone Would Be Vegetarian” You Tube video by Paul McCartney.
“Vegucated” Info about the concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), which house 280 million hens in filthy conditions.
“The Biggest Little Farm” Documentary about how a couple from the city convert a few hundred acres of dead, monocropped California dirt back into an organic, regenerative farm by using plants, insects, animals and Mother Nature’s wisdom.
YOUTUBE VIDEOS AND LECTURES
“Power Foods for the Brain” Neal Barnard, MD
“Glass Walls” Paul McCartney. Reveals animal cruelty.
“Reversing Heart Disease. What’s Good for You is Good for the Planet” Dean Ornish, MD. Pioneer in lifestyle medicine.
“The Transformative Power of Lifestyle Medicine” Dean Ornish, MD
“Tackling Diabetes with Nutrition” Neal Barnard, MD
“Fasting. Awakening Rejuvenation from Within” Valter Longo, PhD. Nobel Prize nominated researcher.
“There is no Hack. There is Just Hard Work” Rich Roll. Vegan ultra endurance athlete.
“Dairy. 6 Reasons you Should Avoid it at ALL Costs“. Mark Hyman, MD
“Nutrition and Ending Cardiovascular Disease” Kim Williams, MD. Former head of the American College of Cardiology
“Calorie Density: How to Eat More, Weigh less and Live Longer” Jeff Novick, MS, RD. Great lecture about the truth about fats and diet.
“Simply Raw”. Movie documenting how nutrition can reverse diabetes (link is to the YouTube version).
The Dr. Oz Podcast – Well know cardiac surgeon discusses various health topics.
No Meat Athlete Radio – Vegan athletes discussing various health topics as they related to life and athletics.
Chris Beat Cancer – Various topics discussed regarding healthy living to prevent, treat and beat cancer.
Podship Earth – Former head of the EPA, Jared Blumenfeld, discusses various topics affecting the environment and climate change.
Found My Fitness – Super geeky science/health topics provided by Rhonda Patrick, PhD.
Thought For Food – Similar to No Meat Athlete. 2 Vegan endurance athletes discussing various health and wellness topics.
Plant Yourself – Howard Jacobson, host and co-founder of the Big Change Program and WellStart Health. His mission is to inspire and empower you to make Big Changes for yourself, your family, your community, and our planet.
Ten Percent Happier – ABCs Dan Harris’s podcast about mindfulness and meditation
The Exam Room – The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine podcast about science-based nutrition topics.
Heart Doc VIP – Cardiologists Dr. Joel Kahn’s short, weekly podcast about heart health.
Nutrition Rounds – Nutrition and health podcast by Dr. Danielle Bellardo
Calm – Mindfulness and meditation app with guided meditations.
Snorelab – Snoring and sleep apnea analysis.
Happy Cow – Find and look up local restaurants with vegetarian and vegan options worldwide.
Daily Dozen – Dr. Michael Greger’s app which lists those foods/spices which you should eat every day.
Healthy Living – The Environmental Working Groups app which reviews and lists healthy products (food, personal care, cleaning…)
Dirty Dozen (and Clean Fifteen) – products to absolutely must buy organic and which you don’t have to worry about as much.
Moment – Tracks your cellphone usage (IPhone only so far)
Sh**t I Smoke which shows you how bad the air quality is in your area and expresses it in terms of the equivalent number of cigarettes you are smoking, if you smoked. The app is available on Apple and Android devices.
21 Day Kickstart App. Phone app accompanying the great website.
The Neuro Plan App. Plan to improve cognitive function and minimize the risks of dementia.