If you love to read--either books, articles, or websites--this is the essential list for you to choose from.
The case for giving up meat, eggs, and dairy is made in different ways and through different lenses in these books. Some of the doctors personally led cohorts of patients through plant-based regimens with incredible results. Others are voracious readers of medical journals and summarize the results of research studies, laying out the implications for food choices we all have to make. The book at the end of the book list, Skinny Bitch, is a bit lighter, using a tongue-in-cheek self-help approach to deliver its message, but is still based in science.
- How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by Dr. Michael Greger
- An examination of the 15 top causes of premature death in the U.S. and how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can help and prevent them; based on peer-reviewed medical research articles but told in an accessible and lively way
- The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health by Dr. T. Colin Campbell
- An informative summary of a 20-year research study that was one of the earliest to provide solid evidence about the link between diet and health.
- Food for Life: How the New Four Food Groups Can Save Your Life by Dr. Neal Barnard
- A case for how grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits can dramatically decrease the risk of cancer and heart disease
- Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically-Proven, and Nutrition-Based Cure by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn
- Chronicle of how a medical doctor helped his patients with a program of plant-based, oil-free foods that in many cases reversed the progression of heart disease
- The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss by Dr. John A. McDougall
- Many people call this the best book for those who are looking to lose weight with a plant-based diet; Dr. McDougall is a rock star among plant-based advocates
- You may also want to check out Doug Lisle and Alan Goldhamer's The Pleasure Trap, which offers a compelling argument for why humans are so susceptible to dietary and lifestyle excesses, and offers ways to re-set your body's expectations for foods that will keep you healthy
- Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
- An advice book for women told in a hilarious style; it connects all the dots about a plant-based diet even as it entertains
- The site Nutritionfacts.org, created and led by a medical doctor--Dr. Michael Greger, who wrote the book How Not to Die recommended above--this site offers free daily videos and articles summarizing the latest science-based nutrition research.
- The site www.pcrm.org reflects the work of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and offers many excellent resources for people changing their diet toward less meat, eggs, and dairy; it has an especially helpful section on Type 2 diabetes.
- Dr. Dean Ornish's site, ornishspectrum.com, provides many resources, research summaries, stories about patients who followed his program, recipes, and cooking demonstrations.
There are many other sites to choose from. I didn't include those that are sales-oriented, i.e., they withhold important information so that people will buy their book or sign up for their program. And I've focused on sites that base their work on research conducted by nutritional scientists and published in peer-reviewed journals.
If you want more information on additional books and websites, check out these recommendations.