To celebrate Vegetarian Awareness Month, I’ve compiled some of the most helpful resources I used when making the transition to vegetarianism.
Food, Inc. – “Filmmaker Robert Kenner exposes how a handful of corporations put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers, and the environment. The United States’ food supply has fallen into the hands of executives (with government consent) that advocate for bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, and even tomatoes that won’t go bad, by any means necessary. But all of these “perfect” foods have severe consequences, including new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually, widespread obesity—particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults. Food, Inc. says open your eyes, and numerous Americans finally see. Let’s hope we don’t become what we eat.” (source)
Forks Over Knives – “Dr. T. Colin Campbell, a nutritional scientist at Cornell University, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, a top surgeon and head of the Breast Cancer Task Force at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, explore 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 and processed foods. Two out of every three Americans are overweight, cases of diabetes are exploding, and approximately half of Americans are taking at least one prescription drug. Major medical operations have become routine, helping to drive health care costs to astronomical levels. Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the country’s three leading causes of death, despite the fact that billions are spent each year to “battle” these very conditions. Millions suffer from a host of other degenerative diseases. Dr. Campbell and Dr. Esselstyn say there’s a better way. In the film, cameras follow “reality patients” who have chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes. Doctors teach these patients how to adopt a whole foods plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments – while the challenges and triumphs of their journeys are revealed.” (source)
Food Matters – “Filmmakers James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch expose the trillion dollar worldwide ‘sickness industry’ and provide people with scientifically verifiable alternatives for overcoming illness naturally. The filmmakers interview several leading experts in nutrition and natural healing who claim that not only are we harming our bodies with improper nutrition, but that the right kind of foods, supplements and detoxification can be used to treat chronic illnesses as fatal as terminally diagnosed cancer. The film inspires viewers to rethink the belief systems fed to us by our modern medical and health care establishments.” (source)
The Cove– ““The Cove” is a documentary made to expose the horrific dolphin-killing operation going on in Taiji, Japan. They essentially wrangle the dolphin in to this hidden area, have dolphin-trainers from around the world come pick out dolphins they think are worth training, and then the fishermen kill the rest. The people of Japan don’t really know what’s happening because the local and national government keeps it a giant secret. The killing also takes places in a giant alcove where no one can see how the dolphins are killed. The production crew takes on the fishermen and governments and plants hidden cameras and microphones to discover what’s going on in the hidden cove. What they find is devastating.”
Eating Animals – This one struck me as it navigates a personal story, author investigation, and striking research. Did you know pigs can make friends? One farmer discovered that his pigs were unlocking their pens at night, going to let their pig friends out, having a play date, and then going back to their pens again before dawn. Sounds like little kids being sneaky. I didn’t eat pork before I became a vegetarian, but, that still broke my heart. Call me a sap.
Peas and Thank You – A great blog with a ton of yummy, vegetarian recipes that this mom even got her kids to love! This blog as a crucial resource (along with a few encouraging emails from the author herself) about how to make the transition to vegetarianism.
Healthy Tipping Point – I’m making my way through her latest book right now, and I can already say it’s made me rethink the way I eat, act, see myself, and more. She also inspired me to run my first half marathon and try my first tri!
Sweet Tater Blog – The author of the “vegetarian rant” I posted earlier, this blogger offers a fresh and young perspective on life as well as some yummy recipes that aren’t too hard for newbie veggies.
What resources do you recommend for future vegetarians or those looking to learn more about vegetarianism?