Blogs, Books, Documentaries, Links, Videos & Websites
Below is my library/tool box/medicine cabinet of literature that I continually reference. Any links you find here are ones that have been especially useful for me ~ in hopes to connect you with only the best resources ~ *Please use the comment box to post any helpful ones I’ve missed ~ always looking for new ideas!
alkalinesisters.com ~ my staple blog. Julie and Yvonne are sisters from Victoria BC who blog about alkaline recipes and healthy living as part of inspiring others to make lifestyle changes. There are recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and desserts and each is attached to a bit of information about living well. Julie Cove also teaches cooking classes seasonally in Victoria, BC if you are interested. These ladies and their site have inspired my lifestyle journey and I hope they will be a staple for yours. – facebook: alkalinesisters.com & twitter: @Alkalinesisters.
crazysexylife.com ~ a key blog for inspiring you to become well. There are posts about food choices, exercising, juicing, balancing stress, meditating and much more. Kris Carr does some of the posts and vlogs and also brings forth guest bloggers and experts to share their knowledge and experiences. I follow on social media to keep up – facebook: Kris Carr & twitter: @Kris_Carr.
mynewroots.blogspot.com ~ this recipe blog is lovely to look at, read and learn from. Sarah Britton is a holistic nutritionist and vegetarian chef with an archive of tasty meals and treats that are fun to try. She also writes for Martha Stewart’s Meatless Mondays, which are linked to her site. – facebook: My New Roots.
greenkitchenstories.com ~ a vegetarian recipe blog. From the beautiful layout to delicous recipes, this blog is a must subscribe for any kitchen. Davide, Luise & Elsa post weekly recipes that are so yummy! If a recipe has dairy I will substitute the ingredient for something else or simply search ‘vegan’ on the site and up comes all of the recipes catered to dairy-free – facebook: Green Kitchen Stories & twitter: @gkstories.
crudessence.com ~ this Montreal whole food/raw restaurant makes amazing meals and lists their recipes online. They also have cooking classes to help us newbies learn the best ways to cook without meat and dairy. If you plan to visit Montreal or are living there I would definitely recommend this place – meals and smoothies are SO good. They have locations at 105 Rachel St. W and 2157 Mackay St.
Kris Carr – Crazy Sexy Diet ~ My praise for this book is endless. Kris walks you through living an alkaline lifestyle and details a 21 day cleansing process step by step with plenty of recipes and insight into the art of juicing. Kris is healthy and living with cancer, which for her is possible through an alkaline diet, exercise, cleansing and meditation. Her insight into wellness is unmatchable. Also check out crazysexylife.com for Carr’s other books, blogs, documentaries, vlogs and expert guests.
Brendan Brazier – Whole Foods to Thrive ~ I had heard of Vega supplements but never tried them until I saw a tweet about a seminar Brendan was hosting in Montreal. I picked up his book and read as much as possible before I attended the talk. To my pleasant surprise his knowledge was the nutritional edge I needed to add to my alkaline experience. This book breaks down the nutritional information of all different products and speaks truthfully about the harmful processes of meat and dairy. Brendan taps into farming and the environment, explaining that switching to a vegan diet can significantly reduce your carbon footprint (as much as getting rid of a car/year!). He also outlines plant-based nutrition and compares it to conventional understandings of where we get out calcium, protein, iron and so on. As a bonus this book is also fifty percent recipes from Brendan and his favourite vegan/vegetarian restaurants. This one is an absolute must have!
*Being that Brendan is a vegan triathlete he has other books worth checking out, especially if you are interested in diet and lifestyle as an athlete. Here’s a link to his books on amazon. For more information on supplements check out Vega and download their informational brochures.
Dr. Robert O. Young & Shelley Redford Young - pH Miracle ~ this book offers a more scientific perspective on living alkaline through the lens of a medical doctor. The pages are full of information on how different bodily activities such as eating, stress and exercise affect our pH levels. I found this book useful as a reference tool, however less inspiring than the books mentioned above. I will admit it is very useful to have scientific literature to support your lifestyle choice, should you find yourself in a dietary disagreement with friends or family.
Patricia Green & Carolyn Hemming - Quinoa 365 ~ I usually rely on blogs for my alkaline recipes, but this cookbook is very useful for introducing newbies to quinoa. Not all recipes are vegetarian/vegan, however most can be easily modified. The book also outlines different types of quinoa, nutrients, and how to cook it properly. I find this one useful because it inspires different ways of preparing quinoa that I can then translate into my lifestyle needs.
Food Matters ~ Director/Producers James Colquhoun & Laurentine ten Bosch ~ This documentary takes a different approach from Food Inc (also worth watching), by looking at nutrient deficiencies in our foods. This film consults several experts who discuss cooked food, vegetarianism, veganism, pesticides, soil and the immune deficiencies created by our foods. I have watched this film more than a few times, and with ratings at 9 out of 10 on Documentary Heaven I am not the only one who continues to find it enjoyable/educating ~ “Let thy Food be thy Medicine and thy Medicine be thy Food” – Hippocrates.
Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days ~ Simply Raw ~ This documentary has a low budget style, but is great if you are interested in disease prevention and lifestyle cures like me! It follows six diabetic Americans on a thirty day journey off their medications and onto a raw/alkaline lifestyle. The results are undeniable and just amazing. The video is available in parts on YouTube or can be purchased on here.
Kris Carr ~ “how can I participate in my well-being” – her story & book Crazy Sexy Diet
Dr. Hyman’s Ted Talk ~ “diseases don’t actually exist” – on functional medicine and disease prevention.
Dr. Hyman on 6 Reasons you should avoid Dairy at all Costs
This is only a small taste of the information Mark Hyman has to offer, visit his site for more articles and videos ~ drhyman.com.
kathyfreston.com ~ author of Veganist, Quantum Wellness and more, Kathy Freston is a vegan advocate for animal welfare, environmental change and overall health. This website has links to videos, recipes and blog entries all worth checking out. I am especially interested in her insights leaning into a plant-based diet and developing consciousness.
Curl up and read a good book,