Here is my list of absolute must see documentaries and must read books about health + nutrition that I think everyone could benefit from. These books and documentaries are great resources to jumpstart your journey toward a healthier, happier you.
Any one of these books or documentaries can enrich your life and help promote positive change in our world. Just reading or watching one is a great start. Many of them were created by physicians who are committed to making this world a better place and helping their patients, and all of us, to live long, healthy, disease-free lives. Here we go…
*These documentaries can be found on Netflix, OnDemand services, iTunes and Amazon Instant Video*
Forks Over Knives // Interviews with physicians and influencers in the world of plant-based nutrition. Documents the miraculous journeys of people healing their ill-health through diet. You get to see firsthand amazing health and weightloss transformations.
Food Inc. // Covers the scary relationship between big business, government and food. Clarifies and debunks much of the misinformation we are fed in regards to nutrition.
My Beef with Meat: The Healthiest Argument for Eating a Plant-Strong Diet–Plus 140 New Engine 2 Recipes by Rip Esselstyn // Easy to read. Incredibly informative. This is the book that changed my life. Read my full post on this book, here. Comes with 140 plant-strong recipes.
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 & Dr. Thomas M. Campbell // The science behind plant-based nutrition. In-depth explanations of the connection between eating animal foods and the diseases that so often plague Westernized cultures. Details how to prevent and cure the “diseases of affluence” we know as heart disease, cancer, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, etc.
Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition by Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Howard Jacobson, PhD // An informative look at the “whole” picture when it comes to science and nutrition and the role that big business plays in our understanding of the two. Teaches readers how to make sense of all the conflicting information out there regarding nutrition that we are constantly bombarded with.
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. // Heart disease is the number one killer of people in the U.S. Yet, this disease we have all come to accept as normal, need not exist. Definitely a must read for anyone, but especially a must read for people with heart disease or with a family history of heart disease.
The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet by Alicia Silverstone // A look at the ethical reasons to adopt a plant-based diet. In-depth explanation of the impact our diets have on humans, the planet, and animals.