Why go vegan?’ is a big question most vegans get. Veganism started in a health way for me, when I first went vegan it was for a 30 day challenge. As I continued to do more and more research I kept coming upon the animal cruelty and environmental hazards of animal agriculture. Through continued learning I realized I could not go back to consuming animal products. The diet I was trying, plant based, turned into a belief system for me once I connected all the dots of research.

I wanted to gather all this important information into one place for you guys.  This page will always be changing and evolving, but this is the first iteration. With all of the information of whats behind the choice of going vegan, it’s much easier to stay vegan for the long term.

If you don’t have time to go through the links, I highly suggest: 60 seconds of factory farming, Food Inc, and Speciesism: The Movie.  Also, the speech below by Gary Yourofsky has been known to enlighten many people.


COOKBOOKS:

+Fast & Fresh Vegetarian by Marie Simmons
+Thug Kitchen: Eat Like you Give a F*ck
+Vegan Goodness by Jessica Prescott (Listen to Jessica on the podcast here.)
+Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week
+Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon
+The 30-day Vegan Challenge by Colleen Patrick Goudreau
+Eat Vegan on $4 a Day by Ellen Jaffe Jones

HEALTH & HAPPINESS BOOKS:

+Becoming Vegan by Brenda Davis, RD & Vesanto Melina, MS, RD *covers all the FAQ about how to plan a healthy/balanced diet with all the necessary nutrients at any stage of the lifecycle
+How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger
+Preventing & Reversing Heart Disease by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr
+Nutrition Guide for Clinicians, 2nd Edition by Dr. Neal Barnard
+Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes by Dr. Neal Barnard
+The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
+Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
+The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything

HEALTH & GENERAL INFO WEBSITES:

+NutritionFacts.org with Dr. Michael Greger- Facts about anything and everything vegan nutrition based from a real MD. Also, check out their youtube page.
+Peta– Anything animal related you can find here, their ‘issues‘ section is particularly helpful.
+Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
+One Green Planet- Why Go Vegan Article
+The Vegan Society- Why Go Vegan?
+Lighter World– Meal planning website that helps you plan meals based on preferences, kitchen appliances, budget, number of people to feed, time constraints & more, generates grocery lists based on meal plans.

MOVIES / DOCUMENTARIES:

+Forks Over Knives– a classic, must see vegan documentary. This film ‘examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based & processed foods.’
+Cowspiracy– a doc all about animal agriculture’s effect on the earth, very informative.
+Speciesism The Movie– Mark Devries, the producer & director was on the podcast, listen here. This movie explores the assumption that humans think they are superior to all other beings, and coins the term ‘Speciesism’ for that assumption. You’ll have a few ‘ah ha’ moments during this movie.
+Earthlings– “a 2005 American documentary film about humankind’s total dependence on animals for economic purposes.  Presented in five chapters (pets, food, clothing, entertainment and scientific research)…” A real eye opener, at least watch the trailer.
+What the Health– a brand new doc from the makers of Cowspiracy, talking about secret to preventing and reversing chronic diseases and ‘investigates why the nation’s leading health orgs don’t want us to know about it.’

ETHICS:

+Direct Action Everywhere– Total Animal Liberation
+Earthlings Documentary
+Animal Liberation by Peter Singer
+Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
+Peta’s ‘Issues‘ Section
+Dominion by Matthew Scully
+The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward Baptist
+In Defense of Animals

FOOD POLITICS:

+Food Inc- a powerful documentary looking into how huge corporations have taken over the food chain in the US
+Fed Up– A food documentary on how the American food industry may be responsible for sickness
+A Well Fed World– A hunger relief animal protection organization. In addition to advocacy, AWFW through their partnership network to distribute vegan food to people in need, build food gardens in low-income communities, and strengthen farm animal rescue.
+Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health by Marion Nestle
+Meatonomics by David Robinson Simon
+Fast Food Nation Docu
+Food Matters Docu

OTHER:

+Plant Based Nutrition Education through Cornell University (Dr. T. Colin Campbell)
+Ester The Wonder Pig
+Farm Sanctuary– rescue, education, advocacy
+Vegan Outreach