Top 5 Resources for a Plant-Based Heart-Healthy Lifestyle

By Ana Lewis

So much delicious food! So many ways to cheat on my heart! Chocolate ice cream! Pastries! Chips and salsa! French fries! Where do I turn to learn how to do better and thus, actually live better?

I have found that in today’s society, living a whole-foods plant-based lifestyle is becoming more the norm and is being supported by more health professionals for so many health reasons, not just heart disease, the number one killer in the world.

Which brings me to my first recommendation:

Undo It by Dr. Dean Ornish

I found this book to be highly relevant in so many areas of my and my family’s life. It’s helpful for everyone who has suffered from major diseases in their family and friends, so I guess that means everyone. “Dean Ornish, M.D., has directed revolutionary research proving, for the first time, that lifestyle changes can often reverse—undo!—the progression of many of the most common and costly chronic diseases and even begin reversing aging at a cellular level.”

How Not to Die by Michael Greger M.D. FACLM and Gene Stone

“Absolutely the best book I’ve read on nutrition and diet”
–Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones Solution

This book is like the bible in my home for addressing serious health issues, such as heart disease, cancer and high blood pressure. It’s loaded with real data from studies worldwide and organized in this handbook for improving your life. I also receive daily emails from Dr. Greger’s popular website: nutritionfacts.org  and I list that as my next recommendation.

Daily emails from nutritionfacts.org, founded by Dr. Michael Greger, MD FACLM

Dr. Greger stars in these short bite-sized and easily digestible videos that showcase actual studies to help you make healthy choices for living your life to the fullest. This is a non-profit organization and the information is completely free and constantly being updated.

Forks Over Knives – the movement and movie

This is a plant-based journey initiated by Brian Wendel in 2001. In 2011 he released a documentary of the same name and with the help of numerous medical professionals, showcased real people addressing and reversing chronic diseases with a plant-based diet. Since 2011, there have been four books written, an online meal planner, a magazine and numerous tools to help support us on a plant-based eating journey.

Game Changers – the movie

If you have time to do ONE thing on this list, this is the movie that is a must-see when wanting to be inspired enough to change your life by adopting a whole-foods, plant-based lifestyle. The website says it best:

“Directed by Oscar®-winning documentary filmmaker Louie Psihoyos and executive produced by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Lewis Hamilton, Novak Djokovic, and Chris Paul, The Game Changers tells the story of James Wilks — elite Special Forces trainer and The Ultimate Fighter winner — as he travels the world on a quest to uncover the optimal diet for human performance.”

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