Since transitioning to a plant based diet, I have received a lot of questions from friends and family. While there has been quite an uptick in people going vegan, I am the only person I know eating this style of diet in my day-to-day life (with a few vegetarians in the mix). It makes sense then, that the people around me would have a lot of questions as to why and how I have eliminated animal products from my diet. (I am working on a post detailing my “why” so stay tuned for that). More recently, I have had a number of people reach out to me directly looking for resources as they start to test the water of a meat and/or dairy free diet. Some people are simply looking for recipes, while others want more on the science behind veganism. While I love having these conversations with people, I also thought it might be helpful to compile a list of resources that have helped me along my journey. This will be a list I continue to add to as I also explore the science and benefits behind eating a plant-based diet. I also encourage you to share any resources you may have in the comments below as I am always looking to learn more.
Before we get to the list…here’s something to keep in mind:
Everyone’s transition to veganism will look different: some might go cold-turkey while others may have a slower progression with a few ‘slip ups’ along the way.
No matter what your journey looks like, the more steps you take towards eating plant based, the better it will be for you, the animals and our environment. Start slow and don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Remember, you are changing years and years of habits and while eating a vegan diet is a lot easier today than it was a few years ago, the convenience of animal-free options will not always be there. Even the smallest efforts make a big difference, so take things one day/meal at a time.
To Die For
Erin Ireland’s blog with a ton of vegan education and recipes.
One of my favorite resources on the science behind food’s impact on the body.
Dr. Michael Greger’s website packed with health and nutrition studies.
A complete guide to a vegan diet and lifestyle.
An amazing resource for vegan beauty & fashion.
A hub for daily vegan news.
The perfect introduction to trying a vegan diet.
Forks Over Knives
Vegan recipes and resources for education.
Pick Up Limes
Vegan recipes and uncomplicated articles on the benefits of eating plant-based.
please note that minimalist baker has added limited non-vegan products to their recipes
Hot For Food
Avant Garde Vegan
Mic The Vegan
Pick Up Limes
Sweet Simple Vegan
Rainbow Plant Life
James Aspey – Your Wakeup Call*
Gary Yourofsky – The Most Important Speech You Will Ever Hear*
Earthling Ed – You Will Never Look at Your Life in the Same Way Again*
Erin Ireland – Is There A Bias In Our Food Media?
Mic The Vegan – How to Go Vegan: Changing Your Behavior
How Not To Die by Michael Greger, M.D.
The China Study by T. Colin Campbell
Whole: Rethinking The Science of Nutrition by T. Colin Campbell
Why we Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows by Melanie Joy PhD
Finding Ultra by Rich Roll
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
Eat For The Planet by Nil Zacharias
How Not To Diet by Michel Greger, M.D.
Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give A F*ck
Hot For Food: Vegan Comfort Classics
But I Could Never Go Vegan!
Bish Bash Bosh!
Modern Vegan Baking
Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking
Deliciously Ella – The Plant Based Cookbook
*I believe it is important to understand where your food is made and how it is made. However, I also understand that the images of factory farming & slaughter house practices can be both shocking and challenging to view. Accounts marked with a * indicate that there may be sensitive images included in the content shared.