Worthy Vegetarian & Vegan Reading: Cookbooks, Fast Food Secrets, & More!

Diets don’t work! They may help you lose weight temporarily but by definition they are a temporary way to eat. Once you go back to doing the same old thing BAM, the weight comes back, plus maybe a little more!

I did that circuit for years. Being vegan, I have found that I can take in lots of filling and satisfying food without much concern of weight gain. Many of these fact-loaded books were vital to me before, during and after I made the decision to go vegetarian. Many of them have lots of recipes and meal plans!

The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter’s 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan that Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds by Rip Esselstyn – Lose weight, lower cholesterol, significantly reduce the risk of disease, and become physically fit–in just 4 weeks. Professional athlete-turned-firefighter Rip Esselstyn is used to responding to emergencies. So, when he learned that some of his fellow Engine 2 firefighters in Austin, TX, were in dire physical condition-several had dangerously high cholesterol levels (the highest was 344!)-he sprang into action and created a life-saving plan for the firehouse. By following Rip’s program, everyone lost weight (some more than 20 lbs.), lowered their cholesterol (Mr. 344’s dropped to 196), and improved their overall health. Now, Rip outlines his proven plan in this book. With Rip as your expert coach and motivator, you’ll transform your body and lifestyle in a month. His plant-powered eating plan is based on a diet of whole foods, including whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds.
Eat Vegan on $4.00 a Day: A Game Plan for the Budget Conscious Cook by Ellen Jaffe Jones – Not only can a plant-based diet be good for health, it can also be easy on the pocketbook. At a time when many people are looking for a way to cut costs, Vegan on $4 a Day will show readers how to forgo expensive processed foods and get the most flavor out of delicious, high-quality basic ingredients. Author Ellen Jaffe Jones has combined passion, money savvy, journalistic expertise, and culinary skills into a consumer’s guide for an economically viable dietary lifestyle. She has scoured the shelves of popular supermarkets and big-box stores and calculated exactly how much it costs to eat healthfully and deliciously. Readers will learn how to adapt their favorite recipes, cook with beans and grains, and use bulk buying to get big savings. Includes nearly 100 nutritious, delicious and low cost recipes and a week’s worth of menu- planning ideas that show how the recipes can be combined to get a cost of $4 a day.
Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes without Drugs by Neal D. Barnard M.D. – Until Dr. Barnard’s scientific breakthrough, most health professionals believed that once you developed diabetes, you were stuck with it—and could anticipate one complication after another, from worsening eyesight and nerve symptoms to heart and kidney problems. But as this groundbreaking work reveals, this simply is not true. In a series of studies—the most recent funded by the National Institutes of Health—Dr. Barnard has shown that it is possible to repair insulin function and reverse type 2 diabetes. By following his scientifically proven, life-changing program, diabetics can control blood sugar three times more effectively than with the standard diet; and cut back on and in some cases eliminate medications while reducing the risk of diabetes complications.
Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin – Not your typical boring diet book, this is a tart-tongued, no-holds-barred wakeup call to all women who want to be thin. With such blunt advice as, “Soda is liquid Satan” and “You are a total moron if you think the Atkins Diet will make you thin,” it’s a rallying cry for all savvy women to start eating healthy and looking radiant. Unlike standard diet books, it actually makes the reader laugh out loud with its truthful, smart-mouthed revelations. Behind all the attitude, however, there’s solid guidance. Skinny Bitch espouses a healthful lifestyle that promotes whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, and encourages women to get excited about feeling “clean and pure and energized.”
The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell II – The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health (Hardcover). THE PUBLIC’S HUNGER for nutrition information never ceases to amaze me, even after devoting my entire working life to conducting experimental research into nutrition.
The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau – Whether you want to bake dairy- and egg-free for health, ethical, or environmental reasons, The Joy of Vegan Baking lets you have your cake and eat it, too! Featuring 150 familiar favorites — from cakes, cookies, and crepes to pies, puddings, and pastries — this book will show you just how easy, convenient, and delectable baking without eggs and dairy can be.
Diet For A New America by John Robbins – This book made it all so clear, so simple and my commitment became firm. Divided into 3 sections: Human Health, Animals, & Environment.
The McDougall Plan by Dr. John McDougall – All I can say is that this book can literally save your life. Simply a must read. Great recipes too.
Food for Life by Dr. Neil Barnard – A little more technical, the available research is astounding, great meal plans.
Food Revolution by John Robbins – This book lets you come to your own conclusion highlighting arguments from both sides of a highly political issue.
For the Vegetarian in You by Billy Ray Boyd – This short little book was the first one I read. Lots of basic information on vegetarianism.
The Pleasure Trap by Dr. Doug Lisle – Explains the addictive nature of certain kinds of food. The how and why we keep turning to unhealthy foods from a physiological standpoint. Fascinating!
Fit for Life by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond – An Oldie but a goodie!!! Love its appeal to my common sense!!
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser – A dropper full of beef flavor chemical can make an entire pool smell and taste like beef! The fast food industry secrets revealed.
My Year of Meats by Ruth L. Ozeki – Awesome novel that blends gruesome facts with a wonderful story. One of my favorite books. A quick read for anyone.
Plant Roots by Rex Bowlby – Whether you are looking to further your own vegan knowledge, gather ammunition to educate others, change your own diet and perspective, or give as a gift to loved ones – so they will finally “get” what you have been trying to tell them – you won’t be disappointed.
Why Would I Want The Toy, When I Can Have The Box? by Rex Bowlby – For parents with children eight and under who want to reap the maximum benefits from their parenting experience: child development, parent-child bonding, memorable moments, at virtually no cost. And an entertaining read to boot! What’s not to like – a priceless book at a great price!


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