Starting a head-to-toe healthy lifestyle is not something you do over night. It’s a process that takes time. As I have said before, I have been active my whole life, and my family has always valued nutrient-rich meals. However, I considered foods like cereal, white bread topped with a few pseudo-seeds, „low fat“ but sugar-loaded yoghurt or store-bought processed cereal bars as healthy. I didn’t read labels and if I did, then I only checked the amount of calories, disregarding the nutritional value completeley.
When I changed my diet and lifestyle entirely two years ago, I relied on a few books and health blogs that are to the date my favorite resources when it comes to healthy eating and well-being.
I have listed my favorite books, websites and documentaries here. If you know any other great health resources be sure to let me know in the comments below.
Cookbooks (or health bibles)
The Green Kitchen by David Frankiel & Luise Vindahl – the Swedish bibel of clean, non-processed vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan recipes. I especially love their little daughter, who also has her own kid-friendly recipes in the book.
Green Kitchen Travels by David Frankiel & Luise Vindahl – the second cookbook of the little Swedish family takes you on a healthy trip around the globe.
Deliciously Ella: Awesome Ingredients, Incredible Food That You and Your Body Will Love by Ella Woodward – My ultimate role model and the main reason I completely changed my diet. Ella’s the living example that a plant-based diet can literally change your life and heal you naturally. Her recipes were what got me into the whole nutrition and healthy living mode. Her next book, Deliciously Ella Everyday is due in January 2016 and I cannot wait to get it into my hands. Her first book is even available in multiple languages. The German version is to be released on August 10th 2015.
The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon – My bible. My hero. Canadian-born Angela created the best dishes that everybody loves. No need for meat or dairy in any of her recipes, because you simply won’t miss them.
What I especially love about her book is the typically Northern American “healthyfied” dishes such as Ceasar’s Salad or Tex-Mex dinners. Angela’s desserts are also a must-try for every healthy foodie.
Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give A F*ck by Michelle Davis & Matt Holloway – To the day the most hilarious cookbook that’s ever been written. It guides you through the basics of starting a healthy plant-based diet, pointing out society’s weird food behaviors in a hilariously honest way. Probably the best reading cookbook of all times. Really. Buy it even if you don’t cook.
At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen: Celebrating the Art of Eating Well by Amy Chaplin – Discover the world of vegetarian deliciousness and whole foods with the lovely Amy. She takes you through the basics – from what to have in your pantry to the essential kitchen tools.
My New Roots: Inspired Plant Based Recipes for Every Season by Sarah Britton – Sarah’s Lifechanging Loaf has made the transition to a non-processed diet much easier for me and for that I will be forever thankful to her. Her book is an incredible journey through the perks of eating and living healthy.
Oh She Glows – Angela Liddon’s amazing online presence with hundreds of delicious recipes, lifestyle hacks and motivation. Her story inspired me to finally do what I love – blogging about anything health related.
Deliciously Ella – Ella is probably the most well-known health guru at the moment. Her blog is my mantra and I absolutely adore her. Everything about the blog is worth checking out. There’s of course lots of healthy recipes but also fitness, lifestyle and motivational resources.
Madeleine Shaw – Madeleine Shaw is such an inspiring person, with a wonderful blog about healthy recipes, yoga, and positivity.
Vegukate – one of my personal not-so well-kown blogs (at least in Germany). But I am convinced that Kate’s going to be the next big health blogger.
Mind Body Bowl – Annie’s recipes are heavenly. She used to be with the Deliciously Ella Team but has just started her own exciting projects. I wish I lived in London to come to one of her fabulous events.
Vanilla and Bean – Traci’s blog is one of my favorite American blogs. Her recipes are mostly vegetarian and anything but boring.
Chocolatecovered Katie – Katie is the queen of healthy desserts. Her cookbook just come out and it was a definite hit. You definitely need to try her unbaked brownies!
Mind Body Green – My go-to-website for anything health related.
Get Healthy U – Health Guru Chris Freytag shares great fitness and lifestyle tips on her fitness website. So honored to have recently partnered up with her.
Food Inc. – A very eye-opening yet disturbing documentary about America’s food industry. A must see for anyone interested in a healthy lifestyle.
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead – The journey of an former Australian investment banker who fights common diseases such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes with juice cleanses.
Forks over Knifes – How common diseases can be controlled by a plant-based, non-processed food lifestyle.
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