My Favorite Resources for Optimal Weight, Health and Happiness
Books About Why and How to Follow a Plant Based Lifestyle
The Vegan Starter Kit: Everything You Need to Know About Plant-Based Eating
This book answers all of your questions about vegan nutrition and provides the information you need to know to achieve your ideal weight and health. You’ll learn how to ensure complete nutrition, tips for modifying your favorite recipes, and examples of quick and easy meals.
Neal Barnard, MD. (2017).
Undo It!: How Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Reverse Most Chronic Diseases
Fight cancer, diabetes, heart disease, weight gain, and the aging process with this simple, scientifically proven plan including recipes, meal plans, tips for stocking your kitchen and eating out, recommended exercises, and stress-reduction advice.
Dean Ornish, MD and Anne Ornish. (2019).
The Starch Solution: Eat the foods you love, regain your health, and lose the weight for good!
A complete primer on how a diet high in healthy carbohydrates can help you lose weight, prevent a variety of ills, and even cure common diseases. Includes a 7-Day Sure-Start Plan, helpful weekly menu planner, and nearly 100 delicious and affordable recipes.
John McDougall, MD and Mary McDougall. (2012).
The Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet: Eat plants, lose weight, save your health
The Seven-Day Rescue Diet is a perfect kick-starter to lower your cholesterol, drop your blood sugar and blood pressure, and help you lose weight in only 7 seven days!
Rip Esselstyn. (2016).
The Vegan Way: 21 Days to a Happier, Healthier Plant-Based Lifestyle That Will Transform Your Home, Your Diet, and You
This 21 day plan emphasizes the core reasons for going vegan, and provides inspiration and a specific goal to achieve each day and the support you need to accomplish it.
Jackie Day. (2016).
How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease
How a plant-based diet can maximize your life span and reduce your risk of preventable disease, including cancer, obesity, and Type 2 diabetes. Includes an easy-to-follow guide on what to eat to add years to your life.
Michael Greger, MD and Gene Stone. (2015).
Utilizes inexpensive, widely available plant foods and an easy, consistent exercise plan to help you optimize your health and feel amazing.
Suzanne Foxx PT, DPT. (2017).
The Cheese Trap: How Breaking a Surprising Addiction Will Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Get Healthy
A comprehensive program to help readers break free of their cheese addiction so they can lose weight, boost energy, and improve their overall health.
Neal Barnard, MD. (2017).
Proteinaholic: How Our Obsession with Meat Is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It
A paradigm-shifting examination of the diet and health industry’s focus on protein, explaining why it is detrimental to our health, and can prevent us from losing weight.
Garth Davis, MD and Howard Jacobson, PhD. (2016).
MeatLess: Transform the Way You Eat and Live–One Meal at a Time
Featuring excellent tips and tricks for overcoming common barriers to diet change and how to make a better lifestyle stick – including easy food swaps, where to dine out, and how to set and meet your goals.
Kristie Middleton. (2017).
Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes Without Drugs
Improve insulin sensitivity and reverse type 2 diabetes with this step-by-step plan, which includes a healthful vegan diet with plenty of recipes to get started, an exercise guide, advice about taking supplements and tracking progress, and troubleshooting tips.
Neal Barnard, MD. (revised 2018).
Dog as My Doctor, Cat as My Nurse: An Animal Lover’s Guide to a Healthy, Happy, and Extraordinary Life
Written for the pet lover, animal advocate, and fan of natural medicine, this book reveals how our timeless relationships with our beloved animal friends hold the keys to our optimal health.
Carlyn Montes de Oca LAc, MOTM. (2017).
Walking with Peety: the Dog Who Saved My Life
A true American comeback story about how a man and a dog who were chronically ill and morbidly obese adopted each other, formed a bond of unconditional love, and achieved salvation, redemption, optimal weight, health and happiness. Includes practical information to inspire you or a loved one do the same.
Eric O’Grey and Mark Dagostino. (2017).
Eric’s Favorite Cookbooks
Dr. Neal Barnard’s Cookbook for Reversing Diabetes: 150 Recipes Scientifically Proven to Reverse Diabetes Without Drugs
This cookbook provides wonderful, easy to make recipes from common ingredients, and an approach to diabetes management not based on pills or injections, but on food – the most delicious “prescription” you can imagine.
Neal Barnard, MD and Dreena Burton. (2018).
Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year
An extraordinary collection of recipes, each of which can be prepared from common ingredients in 30 thirty minutes or less, and proving that the whole-food-plant-based-oil-free lifestyle is not about what you can’t eat, but what you can.
Del Sroufe. (2012).
The Engine 2 Cookbook: More than 130 Lip-Smacking, Rib-Sticking, Body-Slimming Recipes to Live Plant-Strong
This book expands the Engine 2 program with more than 130 mouth-watering, crowd-pleasing recipes that are designed to help readers lose weight, lower cholesterol, and improve their health, one delicious bite at a time.
Rip Esselstyn and Jane Esselstyn. (2017).
The China Study Family Cookbook: 100 Recipes to Bring Your Family to the Plant-Based Table
Includes 100 easy, flavorful recipes – with family classics reinvented for today’s health-conscious cooks – and the ultimate guide to helping your family discover the joys and benefits of plant-based eating.
Del Sroufe. (2017).
The How Not to Die Cookbook: 100+ Recipes to Help Prevent and Reverse Disease
More than 120 easy-to-follow, beautifully photographed recipes for delicious, life-saving, plant-based meals, snacks, and beverages that will appeal to everyone looking to live a longer, healthier life.
Michael Greger, MD, Gene Stone, and Robin Robertson. (2017).
Take your vegan cooking skills to the next level with both of these original, advanced cookbooks by the person who taught me how to cook. Each book provides a collection of extraordinarily flavorful and fragrant made-from-scratch recipes inspired by unique worldwide cuisines.
Philip Gelb. (2016 and 2017).
Documentaries Available on Amazon Prime and Netflix
The first and greatest major documentary about the imperative and benefits of a whole-food-plant-based diet, and which explores how the popularity of processed foods has led to epidemic rates of obesity, diabetes and other diseases.
Starring: T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD. (2011).
From the producer and writer of Forks Over Knives, this documentary follows the story of people on a quest to spread the message about the importance of plant-based nutrition.
Starring: Michael Greger, MD, T. Colin Campbell, PhD, and Neal Barnard, MD. (2015).
This film examines the link between diet and disease, and the corporate self-interests in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and food industries.
Starring: Garth Davis, MD and Neal Barnard, MD. (2017).
From the producer of What the Health, this documentary details how factory farming is decimating the planet’s natural resources – and why this crisis has been largely ignored by major environmental groups.
Starring: Kip Andersen