The day I decided to stop eating meat, I promised myself that I wouldn’t make this decision thoughtlessly and that I would do some in-depth research on all the different aspects of a vegetarian lifestyle. I wanted to do my part against the horrible treatment farm animals endure and act on my values, yet without risking my own health.
Back then, I had no one around to guide me towards the right choices. I had to learn everything on my own. Over the last two years, I’ve watched a lot of documentaries and read countless fascinating articles and books on the topic, all this in French, English, German… I found out that on top of saving animals, I’m now contributing to a healthier planet by drastically reducing my environmental footprint. I also discovered the multiple benefits of such a diet on my health, reducing my risk of cancer and improving the health of my arteries. I’ve tried new recipes, learned to love foods that I couldn’t stand before and acquired an insatiable curiosity for all things cooking-related…
I also learned that, quite surprisingly, eggs and dairy products are far from ethical or good for your health. I let go of my preconceived ideas and opened up to what impartial experts have to teach us.
Everytime I talk about vegetarianism/veganism, I ask people not to take my word for it and to inform themselves with reliable and renowned sources. I had promised to share a list of my own favourite useful resources to help you in your transition, so here it is.
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There are also many good cookbooks out there, but out of voluntary simplicity and because I find all I need online, I don’t own any thus don’t feel like I’m in a position to make any recommendations.
If you do have more sources to recommend, please do so in the comment section down below so we can all make new discoveries!
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If you speak French, check out the French version of this post for different suggestions!
The China Study
T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D.
Cash Cow: Ten Myths about the Dairy Industry
Forks Over Knives, on Netflix
What the Health, on Netflix
This is the newest vegan documentary, from the creators of Cowspiracy (below). Though I agree with most of what it says and know that it convinced many people to stop eating meat, it is a bit too sensationalist for my taste. In my opinion, Forks over Knives has more credibility.
Vegucated, on Netflix
Earthlings, available on Youtube
Cowspiracy, on Netflix
Food Inc., on Netflix
www.findingvegan.com : This site is a bit like a virtual library where you’ll find all the best vegan recipes!
http://www.chooseveg.com/ : On this site, you’ll find lots of useful resources for a smooth transition as well as a Free vegetarian starter guide.
www.nutritionfacts.org : Dr Michael Greger, specialist physician in nutrition, goes through all the new studies about nutrition yearly to help us eat better. THE reference in plant-based nutrition!
www.forksoverknives.com : Related to the documentary, you’ll find great advice, resources and lots of recipes for optimal health.
www.onegreenplanet.org : Diverse articles, numerous advice and recipes related to veganism.