2.57 WFPB – Whole Food Plant Based Diet Resources

Explore this comprehensive list of resources to help you be successful in your plant based journey. From information handouts, online cooking courses, free websites with hundreds of delicious recipes to powerful documentaries, this page should act as your reference for all your whole food plant based diet informational needs.

FREE Online Resources

The Plantrician Project – Quick Start Guide

This comprehensive, easy to read guide will give you an excellent summary of a plant based diet with many tips on getting started. From educating you about nutrition basics to giving you ideas for healthy recipes, this resource is a must read as a supplement to the HeartStrong.com nutrition lectures.

21 Day Kickstart – Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine

The Phsyician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM.org) has developed this free program that will provide you with a series of e-mails containing recipes that are predominately whole food plant based. This is a great way to add extra healthy meals to your


The Engine 2 Diet was developed by Rip Esselstyn, the son of Caldwell Esselstyn. Rip was a professional triathlete fueled by plant based nutrition who became a firefighter in Austin, Texas. He states how heart disease is the #1 killer of firefighters in the line of duty. One firefighter in his group had very high cholesterol, so the entire group of firefighters changed to a whole food plant based diet and along the way created a powerful program with many excellent recipes.


Forks Over Knives is best known for its ground breaking documentary following T Colin Campbell PhD and Caldwell Esselstyn M.D. discussing their research and similar conclusions that a whole food plant based diet can prevent and reverse heart disease and many cancers. ForksOverKnives.com has many free recipes and a powerful blog showing many motivational success stories.

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Paid Online Resources

Forks Over Knives Meal Planner

This subscription meal planner by the makers of the Forks Over Knives documentary makes meal planning simple and easy putting together healthy recipes and getting you on a schedule that you can easily follow. For those with the resources, this meal planner can make a plant based lifestyle much easier.

Culinary-Rx Online Cooking Course

A comprehensive, 60-day online cooking course on whole food plant based meal preparation. Learn everything you need about how to cook delicious, healthy meals that can prevent and reverse heart disease and other chronic illnesses. Go at your own pace. No cooking experience required (great for beginners).

Forks Over Knives Online Cooking Course

A powerful 90 day course teaching techniques to prepare whole food plant based meals from the makers of the Forks Over Knives documentary.


From the makers of the PlantPure Nation documentary, whole food plant based frozen meals can be ordered and delivered to your doorstep. Many of these do contain nuts/seeds and will not meet criteria for heart disease reversal, however can be a part of a plant strong or plant perfect diet as discussed in the HeartStrong.com Program.


(available on Netflix and other places)

Watching these documentaries is a critical part of the HeartStrong.com program. These are an effective way to deliver the information that you need about heart healthy eating on a whole foods plant based diet.

Forks Over Knives

Follows a handful of people and watches their health improve while adopting a whole foods plant based diet. Simultaneously, we see how the research that supports this dietary approach was developed by Dr. T. Colin Campbell at Cornell University and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn at Cleveland Clinic.

What The Health

This follows a person on a journey to find out what is the healthiest diet and the motivation behind large organizations such as the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society to recommend foods that cause the diseases that they are trying to prevent.

PlantPure Nation

This documentary follows 3 people who are on a quest to spread the message of the health benefits of a whole foods plant based diet and along the way the reality of politics and the political influence of big industry sets in.

Food Choices

Follow a filmmaker on his quest to find what is the ideal dietary pattern for all people on Earth including the most healthy, sustainable and ethical way to be.

Eating You Alive

Takes a scientific look at the reasons we as a country are so sick and how we can use a whole foods plant based diet to prevent and treat the mostly deadly diseases.


The China Study

by T. Colin Campbell Ph.D.

How Not to Die

by Dr. Michael Greger M.D.

Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease

by Caldwell Esselstyn M.D.

Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease

by Dean Ornish

Forks Over Knives – The Plant Based Way to Health

by Gene Stone


by Garth Davis

Your Whole Heart Solution

by Joel Kahn

The Starch Solution

by John McDougall

The Forks Over Knives Plan

by Alona Pulde M.D., Matthew Lederman M.D. and Brian Wendel

Plant Strong

by Rip Esselstyn

A Plant Based Life

by Micaela Karisen, M.S.P.H.

The Whole Foods Diet

by John Mackey

Eat to Live

by Joel Fuhrman M.D.

Dr. Neil Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes

by Neil Barnard M.D.

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