10 Inspiring Books & Documentaries to Jumpstart a Plant-based Diet

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If you’ve been curious about eating a more plant-based diet or struggling to make the transition than my #1 best recommendation is to GET EDUCATED.

I don’t know about you, but I love learning. Like, I’m kind of obsessed. If I could get paid to go to school forever I probably would have!

Maybe you’re not that into learning (that’s totally fine!) but perhaps, you are really interested in this whole plant-based eating lifestyle and would just like to get inspired or become more informed and that’s great too.

I also love reading and continuing to learn more about the plant-based diet because it reminds me why I am choosing to eat this way and makes me that much more passionate and confident about it.

If you’re not really sure what I mean by a plant-based diet or why you should care, then you can click here and learn more.

Now if you’re super excited to read or listen to some books and watch some shocking documentaries then here are my absolute favorites!

10 Inspiring Books & Documentaries to Jumpstart a Plant-based Diet


The Starch Solution by John McDougall, MD

This is a great book if you are just getting started with a plant-based diet. There’s just enough science and straight forward tips to jumpstart your transition. Also, if you’ve ever had a fear of carbs making you fat, then this will quickly debunk that and help you start eating and loving carbs again!

The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder, C.N.

This was one of the first books I read many years ago. It’s funny because at the time it seemed so overwhelming to me to make all of the changes she recommends, but now it all seems much easier. If you are just getting started and want to pick up this book, I recommend starting slow with the recommendations and focusing on her philosophy of progress not perfection!

The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD

If you’re into learning the science behind why a whole food, plant-based diet is the way to go then this book is for you. This book reviews the authors 30 year China Study which is the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease. It’s super fascinating and will definitely inspire you to make some changes!

Whole by T. Colin Campbell, PhD

This is another book by the same author as The China Study so you know it’s a good one. As amazon describes, “he explains the science behind that evidence, the ways our current scientific paradigm ignores the fascinating complexity of the human body, and why, if we have such overwhelming evidence that everything we think we know about nutrition is wrong, our eating habits haven’t changed.” Definitely recommend listening to this one on audible!

Eat to Live by Joel Furhman, MD
If you are extremely committed to losing weight quickly and in a sustainable, healthy way then this is the book for you. Dr. Furhman outlines his 6 week plant-based diet plan for weight loss and improved health and he goes deep into how to leave behind cravings and food addiction.


Forks Over Knives

This was the first documentary that really opened up a lot of people’s eyes on the possibilities of treating and/or reversing chronic disease through diet. The documentary takes you on a journey with the doctor’s and patients and concludes that chronic diseases including heart disease and type 2 diabetes can almost always be prevented—and in many cases reversed—by adopting a whole-food, plant-based diet.

This is the environmental perspective on why you may want to adopt a more plant-based diet. As the website states, they discuss “how animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenge.” Another one you must add to your watch list!

What the Health

This is a follow up to Cowspiracy. It exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick. There has been a lot of criticism about this documentary, but I do believe there is a lot of truth and mind blowing information in it. Definitely give it a watch!

This is a more fun, light hearted one to watch, but still very inspiring. The documentary follows 3 New Yorkers who agree to try out a vegan diet for 6 weeks. It shows their challenges and successes and gives you glimpse to how the transition can be.


To be honest, I have only watched a small portion of this documentary, but I do intend to finish it soon. It examines humanity's use of other animals as pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and for scientific research. They cover pet stores, puppy mills, and animal professions and show behind the scenes footage. This one can be pretty graphic which has been why I’ve been hesitant to watch it all. It’s sad and hard to watch, but I think this could be a real life changer!

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Well I think you should have plenty to read and watch now! Let me know if you read/watch any and also share any that I may have missed in the comments below!!