Help With Switching to a Plant Based Diet

Are you considering making the switch to a plant based diet but not yet convinced? Or just interested in the science behind a healthy diet? Below are some great books, documentaries, podcasts, and more that will help give great insight to the benefits of switching to a plant based diet!

*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, only a personal recommended list of helpful resources.



Proteinaholic by Dr. Garth Davis

When someone finds out you eat a plant based diet the first question you probably get is “where do you get your protein?” Well, it turns out that protein they are so worried about might be the problem. The book is broken into four parts and goes into great detail about how the American diet is fixated on protein and how this fixation is part of the reason why the standard America diet is so poor. Dr. Davis gives his own story on his transition to a plant based diet, followed by the rise of the emphasis on protein in America and the dangers of eating a high protein diet. He finishes the book with diet recommendations and meal plans.

Find Proteinaholic: How Our Obsession With Meat Is Killing Us And What We Can Do About It here.

How Not To Die by Dr. Michael Greger

If you are very curious about the science behind eating a plant based diet, this is the perfect book. Dr. Greger dives deep into the research and studies that show how eating a plant based diet helps dramatically lower the chances of getting diseases such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, cancer, and more. In part two of the book Dr. Greger discusses his “daily dozen” which are his recommended food sources that we should eat every day. This book is a great source if you want to know what food you should be eating on a plant based diet.

Find How Not To Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease here.

Finding Ultra by Rich Roll

Are you worried about athletic performance on a plant based diet? Well this book should clear things up. Rich Roll tells his story about completing the Ultraman competition and EPIC5. Five Iron man distance triathlons in one week. This inspiring story shows the the power of a plant based diet and the drastic changes a person can make in their life. Going from an alcoholic to a Ultraman competitor, Roll shows that anything is possible if you set your mind to it.

Find Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself here.


What The Health

This was the documentary that opened my eyes to the benefits of eating a plant based diet. Directors Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn highlight the relationship between diet and disease. Furthermore, they examine the government’s collusion with big industries and the problems it has created.

Visit the What The Health website here.

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead

Joe Cross sets out across the United States on a juice fast in order to take back control of his health. Joe spreads the word about the benefits of healthy eating and documents his weight loss and reversal of his autoimmune disease. He helps others along the way and shows no matter how bad your health, it can always be improved thanks to a healthy diet.

Visit the Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead site here.


Ever wondered how three random strangers would do transitioning to a vegan diet? This documentary covers exactly that. Three ordinary New Yorkers try a plant based diet and learn about the animal and environmental issues that food industry has caused. This documentary is a lot of fun to watch and seeing ordinary people embrace a new, healthier lifestyle is gratifying to watch.

Visit the Vegucated site here.


No Meat Athlete Radio

Host Matt Frazier provides weekly discussion for vegan athletes. From nutrition to running tips, a variety of topics are covered every week. This podcast is perfect for your daily commute or lunch break. A variety of guest hosts give their tips and experiences of being a vegan athlete.

The Bearded Vegans

Ever wondered what is going on in the vegan community? Then hosts Paul and Andy are the guys to listen to. They cover hot topics and issues within the vegan community, along with news and reviews of all things vegan. Their humor and chemistry make the podcasts a lot of fun to listen to.

Bonus Plant Based Diet Resources

HappyCow App

Want to know where the local vegan or vegetarian restaurants are? This app conveniently lists local healthy food spots. Help support your local healthy restaurant and find a new favorite!

Power Foods for the Brain | Neal Barnard | Ted Talk

Don’t have much time but want to learn about the benefits of a plant based diet? This 20 minute YouTube video is the perfect option. Dr. Neal Barnard discuses foods to help combat brain disease. His humor and story telling ability makes it easy to stay engaged throughout the video. Check it out here.


Checking out just one or two of these resources above could help change your life for the better. Hopefully these tools will clarify the benefits of a plant based diet. Have any other recommendations not mentioned here? Let me know below!


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About Jacob

I am a college athlete living in Colorado who wants to spread the knowledge and benefits of eating a plant based diet. I love food, traveling, and meeting others with similar passions as mine!
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