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Living PCOS free

Living PCOS Free : How to regain your hormonal health and go from surviving to thriving with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

by Rohini Bajekal
About
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder worldwide, affecting at least 1 in 10 women and people assigned female at birth (AFAB). It is the number one cause of infertility. Alarmingly, 3 in 4 of those with PCOS remain undiagnosed because of the complex nature of the condition. This practical guide will show you how to successfully manage your condition using proven lifestyle approaches alongside western medicine. With over 35 years’ of clinical experience, Dr Nitu Bajekal, AKA ‘the ‘Plant-Based Gynae,’ breaks through misinformation, providing clarity and support to help you tackle your symptoms – from irregular periods to acne and anxiety. The book features an easy-to-follow 21-day plan for hormonal health along with plant-based recipes and illuminating case histories.

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Eating Plant-Based : Scientific Answers to Your Nutrition Questions

Eating Plant-Based: Scientific Answers to Your Nutrition Questions

by Shireen Kassam and Zahra Kassam
About

Despite plant-based diets being associated with some of the best health outcomes, myths about the need for meat, dairy and eggs in the diet persist. Following a Q&A format, two medical doctors (who both specialise in cancer treatment, one in the UK and one in Canada) answer all the commonly asked questions and concerns raised when people first consider transitioning to a plant-based diet. How do you get enough protein? Is it safe for children? Is soya problematic for hormones? Simple and straightforward answers are supported with the scientific background making this book also the go-to guide for health professionals who are increasingly meeting patients and clients who have chosen a plant-based diet.

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The Plant Power Doctor: A simple prescription for a healthier you

by Dr Gemma Newman
About

Are you ready to discover the power of plants? Let’s dive in.

Just imagine if what you put on your plate could not only improve your health right now but also make you healthier in the future. This book shows you, and your loved ones, how to make enjoyable, sustainable choices to futureproof your body and mind.

In this ground-breaking book, British family doctor Gemma Newman shares the transformative effect plant-powered eating has had not only in her life, but also in the lives of her family, her patients, and many people around the world. She explains the science that shows why plant-power works and how you can eat your way to a brighter future.

Discover what plant-powered eating can do for you.

Dr Newman shares how in many cases your genes matter less when it comes to your health destiny than what you eat for dinner. Explore the evidence that shows how many of the chronic illnesses we face – including heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, hormonal dysfunction, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity – can all be helped with a plant-powered approach.

Make some simple switches.

You can still eat your favourite kinds of food and enjoy delicious meals – simply learn how to make them plant-powered. Banish the diets, the calorie counting and deprivation. Instead you can try a simple, compassionate and powerful way of eating that everyone can enjoy.

Start cooking!

This book includes over 60 mouth-watering meal ideas to kick-start your journey. Dr Newman includes a simple guide as to the principles of a whole foods plant-based approach and helpful meal plans for you to fill out too – everything you need to ease into a healthier, happier you. Enjoy easy breakfasts, family favourites and meals on the go and so much more.

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The Plant-Based Diet Revolution: 28 days to a happier gut and a healthier you

by Dr Alan Desmond
About

As rates of chronic disease continue to rise, ‘What should we eat?’ has become one of the most important questions of the 21st century. Dr Alan Desmond cuts through the diet confusion to explain how we can all unlock the power of a healthy gut and optimise our overall well-being by simply putting more plants on our plate.

Alongside clear explanations of the science and 80 beautifully illustrated and completely plant-based recipes, you’ll find ‘the 28-day revolution’, the essential step-by-step guide to discovering the true power of a plant-based diet for yourself.

Join The Plant-Based Diet Revolution today and unleash the true power of the food on your plate!

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Sandra Hood Feeding Your Vegan Child

Feeding your vegan child

by Sandra Hood RD
About

Whether you are vegan and planning a pregnancy or a health professional needing further information on nutritional guidelines for a vegan infant, this is an essential practical guide. It takes you through all nutritional aspects of pregnancy up to early childhood and on to the teenage years following a purely plant-based diet. You will find practical advice on dietary essentials, menu planning, and recipes together with vegan family stories to highlight the benefits and potential pitfalls of adopting this way of eating. It aims to dispel the common myths surrounding the vegan diet, showing how this can provide all the key nutrients for pregnancy, breastfeeding and, growth and development. It addresses some of the typical concerns: will your child get enough energy? Enough protein? All the essential fatty acids? Enough calcium and vitamin D? As plant-based diets grow in popularity to help the environment as well as personal health, Sandra Hood’s long experience of working with vegan families is more relevant than ever.​

Available here (Hammersmith books) > and on Amazon >

Livestock's Longer Shadow by Tim Bailey

Livestock’s Longer Shadow

by Tim Bailey
About
Most people have little idea how eating animal-based foods harms our health, our planet and the animals we farm. We accept the illnesses we suffer are simply a consequence of getting old. We want to believe the animals we eat do not suffer pain, injury and live good lives. We want to believe our food choices do not cause deforestation. We are told farmers are the guardians of the countryside, yet our landscape is over-cultured and biologically dysfunctional, and our environment polluted by livestock farming. Livestock’s Longer Shadow cuts through the noise for anyone wanting to know how we really treat our health, our planet and livestock through the ways we farm and consume animals, through a UK lens. In sounding the alarm on the paradigms of animal-based food production, the author uses his own first-hand experience of the impacts of livestock farming from a career regulating the industry spanning over 30-years.

For more information: livestockslongershadow.com
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Available here from the Book Repository

The China Study

 by T. Colin Campbell
About

“In the early 1980’s, nutritional biochemist T. Colin Campbell, PhD of Cornell University, in partnership with researchers at Oxford University and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine, embarked upon one of the most comprehensive nutritional studies ever undertaken known as the China Project. China at that time presented researchers with a unique opportunity. The Chinese population tended to live in the same area all their lives and to consume the same diets unique to each region. Their diets (low in fat and high in dietary fiber and plant material) also were in stark contrast to the rich diets of the Western countries. The truly plant-based nature of the rural Chinese diet gave researchers a chance to compare plant-based diets with animal-based diets.”

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How Not To Die

by Dr Michael Greger
About

The vast majority of premature deaths can be prevented through simple changes in diet and lifestyle. In How Not to Die, Dr. Michael Greger, the internationally-recognized lecturer, physician, and founder of NutritionFacts.org, examines the fifteen top causes of death in America—heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson’s, high blood pressure, and more—and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches, freeing us to live healthier lives.

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Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease

by Caldwell B. Esselstyn
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“Based on the groundbreaking results of his twenty-year nutritional study, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn illustrates that a plant-based, oil-free diet can not only prevent the progression of heart disease but can also reverse its effects. Dr. Esselstyn is an internationally known surgeon, researcher and former clinician at the Cleveland Clinic and a featured expert in the acclaimed documentary Forks Over Knives. Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease has helped thousands across the US, and is the book behind Bill Clinton’s life-changing vegan diet.”

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Nourish: The Definitive Plant-Based Nutrition Guide for Families

by Reshma Shah M.D. M.P.H. and Brenda Davis R.D.
About

​An evidence-based, practical resource that explores the many benefits of a plant-based diet and provides parents with the tools they need to feed their families for health and with joy.

While nearly all parents agree that a nutritious diet is important for children to thrive, most feel that their children are not eating a healthy diet. This is not surprising, given the demands of busy families and confusing, conflicting research about what diet is really best for health.

Nourish offers the solution parents have been waiting for when it comes to deciding what and how to feed their families. Authors Reshma Shah, MD, a plant-based pediatrician and affiliate clinical instructor at Stanford University School of Medicine, and Brenda Davis, RD, a world-renowned expert and pioneer in plant-based nutrition, will empower parents to become the experts of nourishing their families.

Parents will learn:

  • How a diet centered around plants can optimize health, prevent chronic disease, care for our planet, and be an act of radical compassion.
  • Nutrition specifics for all the stages of childhood—from pregnancy and breastfeeding all the way through adolescence.
  • Tips, strategies, and mouthwatering recipes to bring all of this information to their dinner tables as they transition to plant-based eating.

Available here >

By Any Greens Necessary

by Tracye McQuirter
About
A national best-seller that was cited by The New York Times as a key reason for the popular rise in veganism among African Americans during the last decade, By Any Greens Necessary is the first vegan diet book for black women.

With expertise and inspiration, I show you how to be healthy and happy eating plenty of delicious and nutritious plant­-based foods.

The book includes:
+ My personal journey from omnivore to vegan
+ More than forty delicious and nutritious recipes highlighted with color photographs
+ Menus and advice on transitioning to vegan foods
+ Resource information and a comprehensive shopping list for restocking the fridge

Available Here >

Ageless Vegan

by Tracye McQuirter with Mary McQuirter
About
In wrote Ageless Vegan with my mother, Mary, to share our secrets for maintaining radiant health for more than 30 years (hint: it’s all in the greens!), and to share 100 of our favorite whole food, plant-based recipes that have kept us looking and feeling ageless at 51 and 81.

In Ageless Vegan, we talk about our personal joys and challenges of going vegan, and we break down the basics of nutrition, how to build a vegan pantry, and how to make sure you’re getting the best nutrients to promote longevity and prevent chronic disease. And we provide a 14-step guide with practical, easy-to-follow advice on how to transition to vegan foods, jumpstart your healthy eating habits, and up your game if you’re already a vegan.

Our 100 fresh, simple, and delicious recipes are based on everyday whole food ingredients, and include Maple French Toast with Strawberries, Thai Coconut Curry Soup, Cajun Quinoa with Okra and Tomato, Vegetable Pot Pie, Citrusy Dandelion Greens Salad, and Perfect Pecan Pie.

With Ageless Vegan, we help you kiss diet-related disease and fatigue goodbye and give you the information, inspiration, and affirmation you need to live a long, glowing, and healthy life you love.

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Proteinaholic

by Garth Davis M.D.
About

“An acclaimed surgeon specializing in weight loss delivers a paradigm-shifting examination of the diet and health industry’s focus on protein, explaining why it is detrimental to our health, and can prevent us from losing weight.

Whether you are seeing a doctor, nutritionist, or a trainer, all of them advise to eat more protein. Foods, drinks, and supplements are loaded with extra protein. Many people use protein for weight control, to gain or lose pounds, while others believe it gives them more energy and is essential for a longer, healthier life. Now, Dr. Garth Davis, an expert in weight loss asks, “Is all this protein making us healthier?”

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Eat to Live

by Joel Fuhrman
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“Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss is a book written in 2003 by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, which he revised in 2011. The book offers a formula: health = nutrients / calories.”

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Sustainable Diets

by Pamela Mason
About

How can huge populations be fed healthily, equitably and affordably while maintaining the ecosystems on which life depends? The evidence of diet’s impact on public health and the environment has grown in recent decades, yet changing food supply, consumer habits and economic aspirations proves hard.

This book explores what is meant by sustainable diets and why this has to be the goal for the Anthropocene, the current era in which human activities are driving the mismatch of humans and the planet. Food production and consumption are key drivers of transitions already underway, yet policy makers hesitate to reshape public eating habits and tackle the unsustainability of the global food system.

The authors propose a multi-criteria approach to sustainable diets, giving equal weight to nutrition and public health, the environment, socio-cultural issues, food quality, economics and governance. This six-pronged approach to sustainable diets brings order and rationality to what either is seen as too complex to handle or is addressed simplistically and ineffectually. The book provides a major overview of this vibrant issue of interdisciplinary and public interest. It outlines the reasons for concern and how actors throughout the food system (governments, producers, civil society and consumers) must engage with (un)sustainable diets.

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Bit of the Good Stuff

by Sharon Collins
About
Sharon Collins, creator of the popular vegan food blog ‘Bit of the Good Stuff’ is on a mission to transform the image of healthy eating by showing just how vibrant, flavourful and easy it can be.

The Bit of the Good Stuff Cookbook has over 100 delicious plant-powered recipes for all the family to enjoy. The book focuses on everyday meals using ingredients that are easy to source. These are the recipes that Sharon’s family eats ‘day in day out’. Each recipe has been road-tested hundreds of times by the author, as well as a team of international recipe testers to ensure user-friendliness, easy step-by-step instructions and perfect results.

The book has been beautifully designed, and features full colour photographs and watercolour images throughout. It is divided into five recipe chapters (Breakfasts & Elevenses, Soups, Lunches & Light Dinners, Mains, and Desserts, Treats & Snacks) with ingredients stated in both grams and cups. The book also includes lots of practical guidance on eating the plant-powered way.

The book is sold out on Amazon, but Sharon has a few remaining that she is selling via her website. It’s also available as an Ebook from her site too.

The Truth About Food

by David L. Katz MD
About

This book uniquely empowers readers to benefit from what’s fundamentally and reliably true – while setting us all free from fads, false claims, and distractions. Dr. Katz shows us how to differentiate truth from the exploitative “lies” that abound. Based on science, informed by uncommon sense, and aligned with the global consensus of diverse experts, The Truth about Food is an invitation to add years to your life and life to your years; to love the food that loves you back for a lifetime; and to enjoy the comforting confidence that only comes from genuine understanding.

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Rethinking Food and Agriculture

Amir Kassam and Laila Kassam
About

​This book brings together some of the most experienced and forward-thinking academics, activists, development professionals and practitioners in the field to rigorously question and ‘rethink’ the current food and agriculture system, along with the science and political economy on which it is based.

This rethinking provides the foundation for looking forward to how the food and agriculture system can be guided by the concept of ‘inclusive responsibility’ and what such a system might look like (final chapter). An inclusively responsible food and agriculture system would encourage society to focus on agro-ecological sustainability as an integral part of overall ecosystem sustainability based on planetary boundaries.

Such a system would place importance on quality of life, pluralism, equity and justice for all. It would emphasise the health, well-being, sovereignty, dignity and rights of farmers, consumers and all other stakeholders, as well as of nonhuman animals and the natural world.

Radical transformative changes are needed in our food and agriculture system urgently. This collection of chapters from many varying perspectives and experiences shows that we do have enough evidence and indications of hugely promising aspects of ‘inclusively responsible’ ways forward to support and scale-up.

Further details >

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What’s Missing from Medicine: Six Lifestyle Changes to Overcome Chronic Illness

by Dr. Saray Stancic
About

In the fall of 1995, Dr. Saray Stancic was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. By 2003, she walked regularly with a cane, had given up virtually all unnecessary physical activity, and was on numerous medications, all with horrible side effects.

After stumbling upon some studies that linked MS outcomes to diet and lifestyle, Dr. Stancic undertook a radically different approach to managing her illness. Within a relatively short time period she was off all MS medications, walking normally, resumed dancing, and in 2010 she ran a marathon!Today she lives an active, symptom free life, and takes no medications for multiple sclerosis.Now, in What’s Missing from Medicine: Six Lifestyle Changes to Overcome Chronic Illness, Dr. Stancic shares her own inspiring story and explains the incredible power that specific lifestyle changes can have for those living with chronic illness. Her prescription to prevent, treat, and even reverse chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, autoimmune diseases like lupus, multiple sclerosis, and many others, is what readers will find in this book.

Dr. Stancic is also highly critical of the medical community’s lack of success when it comes to treating chronic illness, and that’s why What’s Missing from Medicine is both a prescription for a better life for each of us, as well as a clarion call for the medical establishment to make these lifestyle changes an integral part of the practice of medicine.

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Imagine Your Life – Wholefood Plant-Based Cookbook

by Isaac Butcher
About
600 pages of internationally inspired healthy cuisine, great nutrition advice, colourful photos, plus nutritional data for every recipe and a corresponding meal suggestion. This will help you to balance nutrition at each meal and takes out the guess work. The author Isaac Butcher writes from his experience as a plant-based health practitioner, nutritionist and busy parent.

This is a great book for everyone who would like to learn how to incorporate more healthy, whole, plant-based foods into their life and how to make them taste great. It would also be a great resource for health practitioners and athletes.

The focus is on healthy eating and nourishment and the author explains his cooking methods and why some ingredients including processed oils often found abundantly in other recipe books are avoided.

The majority of the recipes are simple and easy to put together and do not contain an endless list of weird ingredients!

Concerns about nutrient deficiencies are also addressed, along with simple tips, advice and information on health.

If you imagine your life could be better, then this book can help you get there!

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The Plant-Based Power Plan: Increase Strength, Boost Energy, Perform at your Best

by TJ Waterfall
About
You’ve seen the documentaries telling you about the benefits of a vegan diet for your health, the planet, and the animals, and now you’re ready to ditch meat and give a plant-based diet a go. But where do you start? How do you make sure you’re getting everything you need to thrive? What can you do to excel in your sport or enhance your strength/fitness?

In The Plant-Based Power Plan, I use the same principles I apply with my clients – ranging from professional rugby players and competitive weightlifters, to Premier League footballers and ultra-distance triathletes – to help you improve both long-term health, and to see immediate results in terms of energy, recovery and performance.

This book provides simple but comprehensive guidance on how to make sure you’re optimising your plant-based nutrition. It’s steeped with practical tips and advice that will help you surpass your sports and fitness goals – from maximising muscle protein synthesis and improving your recovery, to tweaking nutrition timing and getting enough energy to fuel highly active training schedules.

It also has a selection of 30 easy but heavenly vegan recipes to show you just how simple it is to incorporate all the key nutrients into your diet.

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Healthy at Last: A Plant-Based Approach to Preventing and Reversing Diabetes and Other Chronic Illnesses

by Eric Adams
About
Healthy at Last will show you how to avoid processed foods, cut down on salt, get more fibre and substitute chicken, beef, pork and dairy with plant-based alternatives, all while staying true to the roots of traditional soul food.

Written by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams – who lost 35 pounds and completely reversed his diabetes within weeks of adopting a plant-based diet – this book proves that the journey to health begins in the kitchen, not the hospital bed.

Using hard science and real-life stories of those who have transformed their bodies by changing their diet, Eric shares the key steps for a healthy, active and fulfilling life.

Available Here >

Conferences

Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare annual conference, California

American College Of Lifestyle Medicine annual conference, Arizona

 

Online CPD

PCRM.com

Online CPD, ready made powerpoint slide sets on common lifestyle diseases

NutritionStudies.org

eCornell certification in plant-based nutrition

Websites

BDA.uk.com

The Association of UK Dietitians food facts for a plant-based diet.

the big switch

thebigswich.com

Swich helps you develop cooking skills tailored to your individual health goals, skill level, and food preferences.

By Any Greens Necessary

Tracye McQuirter is a best-selling author, award-winning public health nutritionist, and vegan trailblazer.

A community guide to cancer nutrition

Cancer nutrition

A community guide to cancer nutrtition: Healthy Plant Based Recipes

Cancer prevention

The most up to date and authoritative information on cancer prevention.

NHS.uk

NHS guide to the vegan diet

NutritionFacts.org

Short videos, podcasts and written summaries on the latest evidence-based nutrition research.

NutritionStudies.org

Centre for Nutrition Studies from T.Colin Campbell and his son Tom. Evidence-based articles on plant-based nutrition. The centre offers the plant-based nutrition certification, a 6 week online course in collaboration with eCornell.

PCRM.org

Excellent resource for healthcare professionals, patients and general public.
Free CME/CPD activities.

PlantBasedDoctors.org

Directory of plant-based health professionals. Mainly US based but hopefully more UK health professionals will register.

Plant-Based Juniors

PBJs is your complete guide to plant-based prenatal and pediatric nutrition.

PlantricianProject.org

The Plantrician Project Mission: To educate, equip and empower our physicians and healthcare practitioners with knowledge about the indisputable benefits of plant-based nutrition. To provide them with the resources they, in turn, use to inform and inspire their patients to shift from the Western industrialized diet to a life-changing, whole-food, plant-based way of living.

Vegan FODMAP Diet

Great resource for those needing to try a FODMAP diet and who are also vegan. Please do this in conjunction with a dietician.

VeganHealth.org

Reliable, evidence-based information on vegan diets.

The Vegan Nigerian

A platform dedicated to making Nigerian cuisine and the vegan lifestyle accessible to the mainstream.

VeganSociety.com

Founded in 1944, The Vegan Society is a registered educational charity that provides information and guidance on various aspects of veganism.

VivaHealth.org

A major resource on vegan health and nutrition for health professionals and the public.

Database of key plant-based references

PlantBasedData.org

Explore the Best Research on the Benefits of a Plant-Based Lifestyle