Foundations of Health Resources Guide
The China Study by Dr. T Colin Campbell
This is where it starts for most people. This book is so informative and was one of my first true deep dives into the world of plant powered eating. Dr. Campbell examines the connection in various regions of China between diet and disease. There is disputing based on his finding that diet has a great influence in disease progression especially in cardiovascular and cancer.
Eat for Health By Dr. Joel Fuhrman
Dr. Fuhrman doesn’t disappoint in his quest to help people realize the importance of whole food, plant based in preventing and reversing chronic illness. This book is full of recipes and meal plans based on his proven system to help conquer food addiction and cravings. He will have you feeling optimal in no time.
An Evidence Based Approach to Dietary Phytochemical and Other Dietary Factors by Jane Higdon and Victoria Drake
This is a must for health care practitioners and anyone interested in evidence based knowledge on plant foods, and the amazing researched benefits of the individual phytochemicals. The book looks at various plant food categories and breaks it down into disease prevention, nutrient interactions and intake recommendations. It also summarizes some of the most important nutrients and phytochemicals looking at bioavailability and metabolism, disease prevention, disease treatment, safety and sources.
The Cheese Trap By Neal D Barnard
In my long journey to becoming a doctor, one of the first steps was really listening to my body and understanding how much inflammation developed with eating dairy. When I cut out dairy, my health started to improve drastically. Through the years, I have seen the same transformation happen in my patients, some of who aren’t ready to go to WFPB entirely but make the commitment to give up dairy.
Straight up food Cookbook By Cathy Fisher
Revolutionizing whole food plant based cooking. She take simple ingredients and transforms them into amazing easy to make dishes! Her meals are not only plant based but also has no added salt, sugar and oil. The cookbook is alive with color and spiral binding to make it more convenient to use while you are cooking! This cookbook is a MUST!
Bravo! By Chef Ramses Bravo
The amazing and brilliant Chef at TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, CA. He is renowned in the Whole food plant based no salt, sugar and oil culinary arena. This book is really imperative to starting your journey towards optimal health with healthy and easy cooking tips and recipes. This is necessary in your kitchen.
The PlantPower way by Rich Roll and Julie Piatt
I love these two!! Rich Roll is an ultra athlete and his amazing wife and brilliant chef Julie Piatt, bring this beautiful book that has recipes and ideas for the whole family. This is a fun and really great cookbook that breaks you out of cooking ruts! One of the best sections is the amazing nut cheeses! (If you love the nut cheeses, Julie has another book: This Cheese is Nuts! All I can say is Amazeballs!)
Vaccinations: A thoughtful Parent’s guide: How to make Safe, Sensible Decisions about the Risks, Benefits, and Alternative by Aviva Romm MD
My favorite MD!! Dr. Aviva is such a powerhouse. She is a midwife, a botanical medicine genius and just a fantastic practitioner really promoting the foundation of health in her approach to medicine. This is one of the book I recommend all the time because its such a hot button topic and she breaks it down so beautifully.
Comfortably unaware by Dr. Richard Oppenlander
I love this question Dr. Oppenlander poses: “Do you know the true cost of the food you eat every day?” “What does the word sustainable really mean when applied to your food choice and how sustainable is that particular food to your own health? He exposes the truth about the consequences of our diet, the footprint it make on our environment.
Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat by Philip Lymbery and Isabel Oakeshott
An excellent account of the livestock and fish farming industries and how our overconsumption and addiction to eating animals is really costing us not only human health but also the health of our beautiful environmental. Our planet is in dire straits. Increases in greenhouse gases, land and water pollution, deforestation, and wildlife extinction to name a few of the catastrophes that are widespread in our world and encroaching upon how we live.
Movies that can help get you started and motivated
What the health!
A follow up film from the creators of Cowspiracy. (If you haven’t seen Cowspiracy, its another must!) The film expose the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing trillions of healthcare dollar and perpetuating chronic illness. (Fun fact: Some of the footage is taken at TrueNorth Health.)
Forks over Knives
This film debuted in 2011 and has been the lynch pin in changing the way people understood and viewed plant-based lifestyle. It’s a fabulous account of people changing their lives and their health by adapting a plant based diet.
There is no competition with blenders. You either Vitamix or just don’t blend it. that is my personal opinion! This is one of the best for everything
These have blades which slices the food to allow the juices to come out. They have more food waste due to less ability to break down the food. But easier on prep time.
My favorite brand is Breville – just depends on the size you need.
- Breville Juice Fountain Elite
- Breville Juice Foundatin Plus
- Breville BJ200XL Compact Juice Fountain
Masticating juicer – these use gears to grind food. Since they essentially squeeze the juice they have less amount of fruit and vegetables needed. Prep time is slight more since you have cut into smaller pieces.
- Omega J8006 Nutrition Center juicer
- Hurom H-AA slow squeezing juicer
I feel like these are a must in any kitchen – especially in today’s world of really high intensity lifestyles:
Instapots by Instant Pot
The instapot is a game changer. It is super easy to use and can make cooking delicious meals in minutes instead of hours. You can sauté, use it as pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker. For me I love it for the fact that it make the perfect beans in quarter of the time.
Spiralizer 7 or 5 blade vegetable slicer by Spiralizer
This is just fun but also makes eating vegetables totally enjoyable! You can have fun with making vegetable ribbons that are great for stir frys, salads, stew and “vegetable pastas”
You don’t have to be planning a long camping trip or hiking the pacific crest trail to appreciate dehydrating your fruits and vegetables. This is such an amazing way of preserving the beautiful bountiful of harvest.
These two are my favorites for size, stackable trays and final product.
- Excalibur 3926TB
- Nesco FD-1040 Gardenmater
Sustainable Food storage
When you do the prepping for your lunches or fun outings keep all your food nice and cool. There is no excuse why you cant eat healthy when you have the proper tools to help you!
- Crew Cooler II by eBags
- Coleman 42-can wheeled soft cooler with hard liner
Bee’s warp 3 piece sustainable reusable food storage
These are great for wrapping foods or putting it on top of jars or bowls instead of plastic.
Planet Wise Tint Reusable bags
Never buy another Ziploc bag. These are amazing for lunches, storage in the fridge , travel and they are dishwasher safe.
Ball mason jars
Do you love overnight oats as much as I do? Or making your own nut based yogurts? How about fermented vegetables. Well then you need Ball mason jars!! They come in all kinds of sizes!
Pure Water – Mini classic CT Countertop Water Distiller
Pure water is one of the best steam powered water distiller. We use the commercial version at TrueNorth Health for our water fasting patients.
Aquanui Water distiller
Another good brand of steam distillation. Steam powered water filtration really has the best ability to remove everything from Arsenic, bacteria, nitrates, and other containments.