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Whole Foods, Plant-Based Diet


Gosh, which diet to pick this year? Am I worried about carbs or protein? What kind of fat am I supposed to eat? Does my blood type require I eat extra cabbage, and shall I swap KitKats for dark chocolate? Am I counting calories or juicing? Good gracious! It's enough to make your head spin. Then I picked up the DVD Forks Over Knives from the shelving cart, and haven't looked back. If you too are interested in a whole foods, plant-based diet, here are some reliable science-based books and DVDs to get you started. The Forks Over Knives DVD gives a good overview. The China Study, is probably the most important work on the subject, and has been recently updated. The PlantPure Nation DVD is very enjoyable.


Forks Over Knives written and directed by Lee Fulkerson (2011)
"Examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods" -- IMDb


The China Study: Revised and Expanded Edition by T Colin Campbell, PhD (2016)
"More than thirty years ago, nutrition researcher T. Colin Campbell and his team at Cornell, in partnership with teams in China and England, embarked upon the China Study, one of the most comprehensive studies of health and nutrition ever conducted" -- back cover.


PlantPure Nation directed by Nelson Campbell (2015)
"From the Producer and Writer of Forks Over Knives, the documentary film PlantPure Nation tells the story of three people on a quest to spread the message of one of the most important health breakthroughs of all time" -- Amazon


How Not to Die by Michael Greger (2015)
"The vast majority of premature deaths can be prevented through simple changes in diet and lifestyle. Greger examines the fifteen top causes of premature death in America -- heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson's, high blood pressure, and more" -- provided by publisher.


A Plant-Based Life by Micaela Cook Karlsen (2016)
"A Plant-Based Life guides you each step if the way as you slowly replace animal products and processed food with healthier choices that replenish your energy and boost well-being" -- back cover.


Here at the library, we have been toying with the idea of starting a Cookbook Club to try a variety of recipes and share our successes. We are very much in the beginning stages of planning, but if you would be interested in potentially joining this group please contact us and we will be in touch with you as plans develop: cskobrak@westerlylibrary.org or at the Reference Desk at (401) 596-2877 option 3.


Note: the library does not endorse any particular nutrition advice.


By Jules Belanger, Reference