I enjoy reading books about healthy lifestyle. That’s also one of the reasons I went vegan. I want to be happy and healthy.I don’t like diet books which are promising quick fixes and don’t really care about long term health. I like books which are giving you advice on how to live healthy and eat to fuel your body so you can enjoy your life.
So here are some of my favorite books on this subject:
Vegan book I read or I’m still reading:
1. Thrive Fitness: The Vegan-Based Training Program for Maximum Strength, Health, and Fitness by Brendan Brazier
About the author:
Brendan Brazier is the creator and host of the Thrive Forward web series, based on his bestselling Thrive book trilogy (Thrive, Thrive Fitness, and Thrive Foods). Brendan is a former professional Ironman triathlete, and the creator of an award-winning line of whole food nutritional products called Vega. He is also a two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion.
About the book:
The first few chapters of this book are pretty solid–mostly a testimony of Brazier’s vegan-based philosophy for performance athletes and weekend warriors. He presents a compelling argument for pursuing one’s goals, eating right, and taking care of the body. There is a good discussion of how stress and lifestyle impact health, and how that in turn affects the body’s performance capacity. Following these sections, he introduces a section on performance improvement. This chapter contains a solid regimen of exercises. The next section is about incorporating vegan-athlete friendly foods into your diet.
My favorite part of Thrive Fitness, though, is what makes it unique in compare to other fitness books—the focus on energy, sleep, stress, and non-physical benefits of exercise, such as creativity, active meditation, and the effects of endorphins. I found that reading about these added something extra, rather than the standard fat-loss, muscle-gain fare of other exercise books, motivated me more than anything has in a while to hit the gym or to get out for a run.
I was checking also reviews and many are suggesting that Brendan’s other books are better especially “Thrive Diet,”. At the moment I’m not able to compare them but I will definitely in the future buy also Thrive and Thrive Foods.
2. The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. and Thomas M. Campbell II, MD
This book is the ultimate book for learning about the benefits of a plant-based diet. It helps understand the science behind a plant- based diet and proves that veganism is the way to go. The books explains in plain terms how a plant-based diet is the strongest tool we have against disease and illness. It is easy to read and will completely change how you think about food. You’ll be hooked by page two of the Introduction where Campbell tells you that by simply changing your diet, you can completely reverse heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. He also reexamines the “protein myth” and shows how not only vegans are getting enough protein, but that consuming a lot of protein actually promotes cancer. This book teaches you how to eat in order to maximize your health and longevity, and tells why you haven’t been taught proper nutrition before. The China Study could save your life and it’s definitely must read.
3. The 80/10/10 Diet Balancing Your Health, Your Weight, and Your Life One Luscious Bite at a Time. by Dr. Doug Graham
About the author:
Dr. Douglas Graham, a lifetime athlete and twenty-seven year raw fooder, is an advisor to world-class athletes and trainers from around the globe. He was in private practice as a chiropractor for twenty years, before retiring to focus more fully on his writing and speaking. Dr. Graham is the author of many books on raw food and health including The High Energy Diet Recipe Guide, Nutrition and Athletic Performance, Grain Damage, Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries and The 80/10/10 Diet. As owner of a fasting retreat in the Florida Keys for ten years, Dr. Graham personally supervised thousands of fasts.
About the book:
The book is a raw food version of a low fat plant based diet. Graham proposes that the ideal ratio of nutrients to support optimum health is: 80% of total calories from carbs, 10% protein and 10% fats. Graham uses mostly common sense arguments and scientific analyses. You will also find in this book sample menus, nutrient breakdowns, portion equivalents, testimonials, faqs, …
This is very interesting book. I like the scientific facts and explanations. It’s definitely good for people which are living in countries with easy access to cheaper organic fruits. I live in Austria in the moment and good quality organic fruit costs many times double or triple times more that non-organic kind. Back in UK it was little bit more affordable.
4. Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko
About the author:
Victoria Boutenko is an author, teacher, inventor, researcher, artist and mother of three. In 1994, The Boutenko family, also known as The Raw Family, became seriously ill. Victoria sought out alternative health paths and discovered the raw food lifestyle which enabled the family to gain vibrant health.
About the book:
Ok this is not just vegan book. Perfect for anyone – raw foodists, vegans, vegetarians, also for meat eaters – who wishes to develop a healthy diet without making sacrifices to taste or lifestyle. Boutenko promotes healthy living, not gimmicky diets or fad lifestyles. In this book, Victoria Boutenko explains why eating raw greens is so important.
Green for Life includes the latest information on the abundance of protein in greens, the benefits of fiber, the role of greens in homeostasis, the significance of stomach acid, how greens make the body more alkaline, the healing power of chlorophyll, and more. Also included are the results of a pilot study demonstrating the effectiveness of adding just one quart of green smoothies a day to one’s diet, without changing anything else in dietary intake. Green smoothie testimonials and recipes give readers confidence and motivation in exploring green smoothies for themselves. This updated edition offers important new research on the role that omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids play in metabolic health and includes nutritional data on select green smoothies and updated findings on organic versus conventional produce.
Skinny Bitch by Friedman and Barnouin
About the authors:
Freedman, a former agent for Ford Models and a “self-taught know-it-all” and the woman on the right is Barnouin, a “former model who holds a Masters of Science degree in Holistic Nutrition” from Clayton College — an online school)
About the book:
I started to read this one but I didn’t like the writing style. I don’t see the need to call somebody bitch, fat or skinny and also the F word and so on …. And also saying that healthy = skinny and unhealthy = fat that’s just rubbish! Look at people with eating disorder- the skinny part is far for being healthy! I agree with this part where they are saying that smoking and soda are bad for you ( “ Soda is liquid Satan” – so true). But I can’t say much more because I’m really discoursing by use of vulgarisms in this book so I didn’t even past the first chapter.
Books by food blogers:
Easy to be raw, Easy to be raw Desserts, You in bloom by Megan Elizabeth
Easy to be raw, Easy To Be Raw Desserts – easy, fast and delicious raw vegan recipes
You in bloom– Megan shares her personal story, her eating lifestyle and fitness habits. Tips how you can easily take charge of your health and fitness and how to make your very own raw makeup, and what foods and natural products can keep your skin healthy. You’ll also see examples of a simple season meal guide and options to create your own workout routine based on your needs. Plus! You even get super yummy bonus recipes to help you incorporate more raw food into your diet.
Her blog: http://meganelizabeth.com/ns/
Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/EasyToBeRaw
Go Fruit Yourself! By Freelee
This one is short ebook containing a months’ worth of Freelees blog entries from November 2006 when she started her raw food journey with her commenting what she did wrong and how you can avoid the mistakes she made. Plus helpful tips how to stay low fat raw vegan and of course some tasty recipes.
Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/Freelea
I would read:
Seasonal Sweets by 40belowfruity
Her blog: http://www.40belowfruity.com/
The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon
Her blog: http://ohsheglows.com/
The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone
Her blog: http://thekindlife.com/
Peace and love, G.