As I wade my way around the world of plant rich, nutrient dense eating I have come across some great resources that have made my life far more interesting than I could ever had imagined it would be without the shackles of the standard American diet. In addition to the food I have come across some amazing people, athletes, doctors, motivators and just plan simple ordinary folks doing extraordinary things. I have listed some of my favorites here and have added links to Instagram accounts. Follow them, run with them, cook with them or just listen to them. Have fun.
Eats When I started flipping through vegan cooking books the results are less than spectacular. Many recipes with far too many ingredients with an underlying theme of removing meat and dairy from meals, but not necessarily eating healthy, whole foods so I kept digging and have slowly pieced together some go to guides which I lovingly refer to as my Ladies of the Plant World.
One Part Plant (https://www.instagram.com/onepartplant/) This is where things really started to click. I came across the One Part Plant movement last summer while working at Wanderlust in Vermont. A chance encounter with the brains behind the movement, Jessica Murnane was speaking at Wanderlust as arrived at our booth one afternoon. Jessica is the kind of person that you can tell is genuine six seconds after you meet her. The One Part Plant movement is a great way to enter into a plant based eating world as the focus is making sure you begin with at least one plant based meal per day and go from there. Jessica’s website is great, her social media posts are amazing and her podcast is one of the best out there.
The First Mess (https://www.instagram.com/thefirstmess/) Laura Wright’s social media posts are well done, approachable and make you want to race to the kitchen to attempt to duplicate her creations. I was given The First Mess cookbook during the holidays and it has been my go to book ever since. Every meal I have made has been great, my wife is nuts about the Burrito Stuffed Sweet Potato so grab it while it is hot.
Minimalist Baker (https://www.instagram.com/minimalistbaker/) If you haven’t visited the Minimalist Baker you either aren’t vegan or haven’t been introduced to the internet yet. This site is amazing and the meals created by its host are some of the most delicious I have made since becoming vegan. And the best part of the Baker is that all meals are made with 10 or less ingredients and can be put together in less than 30 minutes so leave your excuses in the slow cooker.
I eat mostly foods that are not packaged now. What a difference a year makes. I spend most of my time in the produce section of my local market and so should you. However, there are a pair of staples in my diet that come in a package. My overnight oats and my evening rice have been with me almost every day since returning to life a year ago.
People Rich Roll (https://www.instagram.com/richroll/) If you are at all interested in wellness Rich Roll is someone you need to get to know. Fortunately for us he wrote a great book and hosts the best podcast online so getting to know him has been made rather easy these days. From a complete disaster to wellness seeker, Roll brings together some of the brightest minds and kindest souls in the world and sits them down for conversations that reveal moments of inspiration and motivation. I won’t go as far to see he has become my guru but the man hits all the right notes in my search for a better me and I consider myself very fortunate to have found him.
There doctors on the forefront of a plant based diet beginning the remedy for heart disease are no less than heroes. In the face of mounting challenges from drug companies, a stubborn public and even their own colleagues they have fought for what they believe in and more importantly, what the science has shown them.
Doctor Dean Ornish (https://www.instagram.com/deanornishmd/) blazed a trail with his groundbreaking work on reserving heart disease. Yes, not just preventing it, but reserving it in people that already have it. Other doctors like Caldwell Esselsytn Jr. (https://www.instagram.com/dr_esselstyn/) and Colin Campbell have furthered the cause, you may recognize them from the documentary Forks over Knives.
Doctor Joel Kahn (https://www.instagram.com/drjkahn/) is someone I have come across more recently but devoured two of his books in just a week and he really gives us a breakdown that is easy to digest on how to treat and prevent heart disease in our daily lives.
Doctor Garth Davis (https://www.instagram.com/drgarthdavis/) will post pictures of himself working out, and if I looked like he does I might do the same. Doctor Davis is constantly motivating us and educating us through the power of social media.
I absolutely loved Doctor Joel Fuhrman’s (https://www.drfuhrman.com/) book The End of Heart Disease. Doctor Fuhrman is no nonsense and his advice is a little more restrictive than most people are comfortable with but his results do not lie. If you have heart disease or even a few of the major risk factors you need to read this book.