THE BEST PODCASTS ON HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY, AND MINDFULNESS.

THE BEST PODCASTS ON HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY, AND MINDFULNESS.

I have curated the best podcasts on health, sustainability, and expanding your mind in the list below. I also included MY first two podcast interviews at the bottom for you to learn more about me. Whether you're interested in sustainability, the human body and mind, the environment, vegan health, social justice, or just want to be inspired; there's bound to be a podcast for you to discover. I hope you enjoy!

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THE BEST DOCUMENTARIES TO WATCH NOW (2017)

     Ranging from climate change and environmental issues; diets and health; social justice and inequality; and spirituality; I hope you enjoy my selection of the top documentaries to watch in 2017.


13TH

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"An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality."

"The film begins with the idea that 25 percent of the people in the world who are incarcerated are incarcerated in the U.S. Although the U.S. has just 5% of the world's population. "13th" charts the explosive growth in America's prison population; in 1970, there were about 200,000 prisoners; today, the prison population is more than 2 million. The documentary touches on chattel slavery; D. W. Griffith's film "The Birth of a Nation"; Emmett Till; the civil rights movement; the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Richard M. Nixon; and Ronald Reagan's declaration of the war on drugs and much more." - Ulf Kjell Gür

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BEFORE THE FLOOD

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"If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change — would you want to know? Before the Flood, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand.

Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent the disruption of life on our planet. Beyond the steps we can take as individuals, the film urges viewers to push their elected officials in supporting the use of alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power." -Before the Flood

“This documentary shows how interconnected the fate of all humanity is — but also the power we all possess as individuals to build a better future for our planet.” -Leonardo DiCaprio

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CHASING CORAL

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 An eyeopening look at the devastation that climate change is having on our oceans due to ocean acidification. "Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world."- Chasing Coral.com

"Whether you have spent vacation time snorkeling, watched the National Geographic channel, or even paid a bit of attention during high school science class, you likely have some level of understanding of what a vital ecosystem coral reefs are to Ocean life. Director Jeff Orlowski has a track record of important environmental documentaries with his 2012 Chasing Ice. The film does an excellent job of defining and explaining the importance of coral, and once Zach Rago is introduced, the energy and passion jump significantly. " -Imbd.com

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A PLASTIC OCEAN

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"A Plastic Ocean begins when journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste in what should be a pristine ocean. In this adventure documentary, Craig teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers, and they travel to twenty locations around the world over the next four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans, uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution, and reveal working solutions that can be put into immediate effect." -Imbd.com

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REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM

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"Requiem For The American Dream is the definitive discourse with Noam Chomsky, on the defining characteristic of our time - the deliberate concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few. Through interviews filmed over four years, Chomsky unpacks the principles that have brought us to the crossroads of historically unprecedented inequality - tracing a half century of policies designed to favor the most wealthy at the expense of the majority - while also looking back on his own life of activism and political participation.

Profoundly personal and thought provoking, Chomsky provides penetrating insight into what may well be the lasting legacy of our time - the death of the middle class, and swan song of functioning democracy. A potent reminder that power ultimately rests in the hands of the governed, REQUIEM is required viewing for all who maintain hope in a shared stake in the future." -Imbd.com

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RIVER BLUE

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"Following international river conservationist, Mark Angelo, River Blue spans the globe to infiltrate one of the world’s most pollutive industries, fashion. Narrated by clean water supporter Jason Priestley, this groundbreaking documentary examines the destruction of our rivers, its effect on humanity, and the solutions that inspire hope for a sustainable future.

Through harsh chemical manufacturing processes and the irresponsible disposal of toxic chemical waste, one of our favorite iconic products has destroyed rivers and impacted the lives of people who count on these waterways for their survival. River Blue brings awareness to the destruction of a some of the world’s most vital rivers through the manufacturing of our clothing, but will also act as a demand for significant change in the textile industry from the top fashion brands that can make a difference. " - RiverBlue.com

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THE SPACE IN BETWEEN

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"Marina Abramovic travels through Brazil, in search of personal healing and artistic inspiration, experiencing sacred rituals and revealing, for the first time, her creative process. The route is comprised of poignant encounters with healers and sages from the Brazilian countryside, exploring the limits between art, immateriality and consciousness.

This external trip triggers in Marina a profound introspective journey through memories, pains and past experiences. A mixture between road movie, direct cinema, recorded performances and spiritual thriller, the documentary brings an unprecedented approach of the intimate creative process of one of the most important artists of our time." - Casa Redonda

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TERRA

 Terra is a thought provoking and visually stunning documentary about Earth. It is "an ode to humanity" and a spectacular portrayal of the beauty of life. It also brings to light the struggles that we face as we stray further and further from the natural. Watching it evokes a visceral sense awe and gives pause for reflection on the interconnectedness of us all.

"Over barely 10,000 years, life on Earth has been profoundly affected by the incredible development of humanity. But mankind is now increasingly isolated. How have our relations with other living beings changed so much? What do we still see, or notice, of the living world around us? Terra is a journey through the history of life forms, a quest for true humanity. By proposing that we once again treat wildlife with the respect it deserves, Terra shows its credentials as a humanist and deliberately positive film, openly advocating that humanity is still capable of 'getting back to basics'.” -Terra.com

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UNLOCKING THE CAGE

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"Unlocking the Cage follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise in his unprecedented challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans. After thirty years of struggling with ineffective animal welfare laws, Steve and his legal team are making history by filing the first lawsuits that seek to transform an animal from a thing with no rights to a person with legal protections.

Supported by affidavits from primatologists around the world, Steve maintains that, based on scientific evidence, cognitively complex animals such as chimpanzees, whales, dolphins, and elephants have the capacity for limited personhood rights (such as bodily liberty) that would protect them from physical abuse.  Using writs of habeas corpus (historically used to free humans from unlawful imprisonment), Wise argues on behalf of four captive chimpanzees in New York State.

Unlocking the Cage captures a monumental shift in our culture, as the public and judicial system show increasing receptiveness to Steve’s impassioned arguments. It is an intimate look at a lawsuit that could forever transform our legal system, and one man’s lifelong quest to protect 'nonhuman' animals."
-UnlockingTheCage.com

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WHAT THE HEALTH

"What the Health is the groundbreaking follow-up film from the creators of the award winning documentary Cowspiracy. The film follows intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases – and investigates why the nation’s leading health organizations don’t want us to know about it. With heart disease and cancer the leading causes of death in America, and diabetes at an all-time high, the film reveals possibly the largest health cover-up of our time. With the help of medical doctors, researchers, and consumer advocates, What the Health exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick.

What The Health is a surprising, and at times hilarious, investigative documentary that will be an eye-opener for everyone concerned about our nation’s health and how big business influences it." -WTHFILM.com

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      I hope you are as moved by these documentaries as I have been. Do you have a recent documentary favorite that you think should be added to the list? Let me know in the comments below, and as always thanks for reading.

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Renee Peters is a NYC-based model, blogger, and advocate of mindful, sustainable living. She strives to be a role model by using her platform for positive change. Through her blog, Model4GreenLiving, Peters seeks to reshape the way people think about environmental issues and provide practical tips and everyday actions for readers.  Peters uses social media to promote that same message, as well as one of self-love and body-positivity. She also volunteers, is an environmental activist, and is an avid learner of anything relating to the planet and its health. For booking inquires visit Muse Models NYC or Nomad Management Miami.

THE BEST ENVIRONMENTAL CHARITIES TO GIVE TO NOW

  From Left to RIght : PLASTICS POLLUTION, PALM OIL FARMS CAUSING RAINFOREST DESTRUCTION, mass OVERFISHING leading to ocean SPECIES' EXTINCTION, METHANE POLLUTION FROM INDUSTRIAL CATTLE PRODUCTION, THE CLEAR CUTTING OF FORESTS, AND CORAL BLEACHING DUE TO WARMING SEAS.

From Left to RIght: PLASTICS POLLUTION, PALM OIL FARMS CAUSING RAINFOREST DESTRUCTION, mass OVERFISHING leading to ocean SPECIES' EXTINCTION, METHANE POLLUTION FROM INDUSTRIAL CATTLE PRODUCTION, THE CLEAR CUTTING OF FORESTS, AND CORAL BLEACHING DUE TO WARMING SEAS.

     As an animal lover and environmentalist, I cannot think of a more pressing time to give back to charities fighting to preserve the natural world. According to the WWF’s 2016 Living Planet Report, “Populations of vertebrate animals—such as mammals, birds, and fish—have declined by 58% between 1970 and 2012. We’re seeing the largest drop in freshwater species too: on average, there’s been a whopping 81% decline in that time period.” The mass extinction occurring on Earth cannot be reversed with more climate change denial and corporate lobbying in the White House. 

From plastics pollution, palm oil farming causing rainforest habitat destruction, mass overfishing, species extinction, methane and water pollution from industrial cattle production, the clear cutting of forests, and coral bleaching due to warming seas, it is easy to become overwhelmed. Donating to charities fighting against big oil, wall street, and other corporate interests is an easy and positive step in the right direction.

     Organizations standing up for nature need our help, now more than ever, if we are to keep the planet's continued destruction at bay. I have listed the top environmental charities to give to now. All of the charities listed below have proven track records in environmental protection, conservation, and habitat restoration. Each is also transparent with their research expenses and funding, and spends 80% or more of the charity’s total expenses on the programs and services it delivers. Donations made to any one of these organizations can help ensure that the wildlife and ecosystems of planet Earth are protected for us and the future generations to come.


350.org

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     "350 is building a global grassroots climate movement that can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice."

     "Climate change isn’t a distant, abstract problem — it’s here, today. People all over the world are feeling the impacts, from island nations that are going underwater, to indigenous land being exploited for fossil fuel extraction. The fight against climate change is a fight for justice. That means listening to the communities who are getting hit the hardest, and following the leadership of those who are on the frontlines of the crisis."

     Visit 350.org to find out more information and about how you can get involved.

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Center for Biological Diversity

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     “At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature — to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive. We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive."

     Visit The Center for Biological Diversity to learn more or check out the video below.


Conservation International

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     On a global level, Conservation International is doing great work to protect our planet. “Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, they empower societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity.”

     “For more than 25 years, Conservation International has been protecting nature for the benefit of everyone on Earth. Nature doesn’t need people. People need nature. Our food, our water, our health, our jobs — they all rely on the health of the planet’s ecosystems. Conservation International works at every level, from remote villages to the offices of presidents and CEOs, to find these solutions. Our work is moving entire societies toward a healthier, more sustainable development path — so that we don’t use up today what we’re going to need tomorrow.” 

     Visit Conservation.org for more info or check out the video below. 


EarthJustice

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     "Earthjustice is a public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment. We bring about far-reaching change by enforcing and strengthening environmental laws on behalf of hundreds of organizations, coalitions and communities. Earthjustice uses federal and state environmental laws to protect the environment by taking government agencies to court for failing to enforce our nation's environmental laws, and corporations for breaking them. Earthjustice does this work on behalf of hundreds of community and environmental groups, providing legal services free of charge. True and lasting change happens when the power of the law is on your side. That is why the earth needs a good lawyer." 

     Visit Earthjustice for more information or check out the video below, featuring the true story of a town who "discovered strength in unity and turned the tables on the powerful oil & gas industry."


Greenpeace Fund

      "Greenpeace is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future."

     "A group of thoughtful, committed citizens came together in 1971 to create Greenpeace. That was more than 30 years ago, and in that time, Greenpeace has indeed changed the world. And we continue to make the world a better place. Our committed activists and supporters have come together to ban commercial whaling, convince the world’s leaders to stop nuclear testing, protect Antarctica, and so much more." 

     Visit Greenpeace for more information on how they are are protecting the environment, and how you can support their cause.

Greenpeace ocean activism by Denis Sinyakov

Natural Resource Defense Council

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     "NRDC works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. We combine the power of more than two million members and online activists with the expertise of some 500 scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild. NRDC was founded in 1970 by a group of law students and attorneys at the forefront of the environmental movement. Today's leadership team and board of trustees makes sure the organization continues to work to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities."

     Visit NRDC for more information and check out the video below, explaining ocean acidification due to global warming and how NRDC is working to combat it.


Oceana

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"Oceana was established in 2001 to fill the gap of missing resources spent by environmental nonprofit groups in the United States going towards ocean advocacy. Oceana is an international organization focused solely on oceans, dedicated to achieving measurable change by conducting specific, science-based campaigns with fixed deadlines and articulated goals. Since its founding, Oceana has won more than 100 victories and protected more than one million square miles of ocean. Find out more about how Oceana is helping to save the oceans victory by victory here."

     Visit Oceana to find out more information, and watch the video below.


Rainforest Action Network

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     "Rainforest Action Network campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life by transforming the global marketplace through education, grassroots organizing and non-violent direct action. RAN envisions a world where each generation sustains increasingly healthy forests, where the rights of all communities are respected, and where corporate profits never come at the expense of people or the planet."

     "We are committed to doing what is necessary, not only what is considered politically feasible, to preserve rainforests, protect the climate, and uphold human rights. We are committed to working with Indigenous communities and frontline communities directly impacted by profit-driven systems of injustice. We support the leadership of these communities in working on strategic and effective solutions to protect people and the planet. We honor the intrinsic value of biodiversity and wildness. We recognize our interdependence with healthy natural systems and seek to maintain the integrity, richness and abundance of life in all its forms. We support Traditional and Indigenous Peoples’ rights, including the right to sovereignty, self-determination, reparations and the right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) regarding decisions implicating customary rights on traditional lands. We believe creativity, integrity and people power drive the success in our campaigns and in our organization; while compassion, irreverence, and a celebration of life’s possibilities drive the commitment to our mission."

     Visit Rainforest Action Network to find out more and to donate to their cause. Also watch the video below to see their work fighting against the devastation of the  Palm Oil Industry.


Wildaid

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     "WildAid’s mission is to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes. We envision a world where people no longer buy wildlife products such as shark fin, elephant ivory and rhino horn."

     "While most wildlife conservation groups focus on protecting animals from poaching, WildAid works to reduce global consumption of wildlife products by persuading consumers and strengthening enforcement. With an unrivaled portfolio of celebrity ambassadors and global network of media partners, WildAid leverages nearly $200 million in annual pro-bono media support. Our message reaches up to 1 billion people every week. WildAid's strategy for achieving this goal is to reduce demand for these products using our slogan: "When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too."

Visit the WILDAID website to learn more and watch the video below to see what their work looks like.


Nature doesn’t need people. People need nature. Our food, our water, our health, our jobs — they all rely on the health of the planet’s ecosystems. But we’re taking more from nature than nature can give. We can end this crisis. But we need big ideas and even bigger solutions. -conservation.org


     No matter who you decide to give to, giving back benefits us all. I encourage you all to find an organization that aligns with your ideals, and give back in any way you can. Visit CharityNavigator.org to find out more information and determine which charities are best for you.

THE BEST BOOKS ON SUSTAINABLE, HEALTHY LIVING

     If you are searching for inspiration on living a more sustainable, clutter-free life; seeking help from experts on how to transform your diet and stick with your goals; are interested in sustainable fashion; or are wanting to build your own health empire; these books are the resource you've been looking for.

      Written by some of the most influential authors of our time, they have provided me with extensive knowledge and inspiration. They continue to influence my drive to take part in the sustainable movement, and are my go-to resources when I am looking for answers. 

     Check out some of my favorite books below. I hope they can inspire you along your journey too.


Frances wrote EcoMind because she believes that solutions to global crises are right in front of our noses, and our real challenge is to free ourselves from self-defeating thought traps that keep us from bringing these solutions to life.

Drawing on the latest research in climate studies, anthropology, and neuroscience, she weaves analysis and stories of real people the world over who, having shifted some basic thought patterns, are shifting the balance of power in our world.

It turns out that gap between the world we long for and the world we thought we were stuck with can be bridged after all—if we can learn to think like an ecosystem. EcoMind shows us the way

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In The World Without Us, Alan Weisman offers an utterly original approach to questions of humanity's impact on the planet: he asks us to envision our Earth, without us.
From places already devoid of humans, Weisman reveals Earth's tremendous capacity for self-healing. As he shows which human devastations are indelible, and which examples of our highest art and culture would endure longest, Weisman's narrative ultimately drives toward a radical but persuasive solution that doesn't depend on our demise. It is narrative nonfiction at its finest, and in posing an irresistible concept with both gravity and a highly-readable touch, it looks deeply at our effects on the planet in a way that no other book has.

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Bill McKibben insists we need to acknowledge that we've waited too long, and that massive change is not only unavoidable but already under way. Our old familiar globe is suddenly melting, drying, acidifying, flooding, and burning in ways that no human has ever seen. We've created, in very short order, a new planet, still recognizable but fundamentally different. We may as well call it Eaarth.

Endless economic growth depends on the stable planet we've managed to damage and degrade. We can't rely on old habits any longer. Our hope depends on scaling back—on building the kind of societies and economies that can hunker down, concentrate on essentials, and create the type of community (in the neighborhood, but also on the Internet) that will allow us to weather trouble on an unprecedented scale. Change—fundamental change—is our best hope on a planet suddenly and violently out of balance. 

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Marie Kondo is a professional cleaning consultant inspired by the Japanese book Throw-Out Skills with a lifelong love of all things house and home.

This book is a comprehensive manual on how to declutter and organize specific items throughout the house. She uses easy-to-follow line drawings to illustrate her patented folding method as it applies to clothing, as well as images of properly organized drawers, closets, and cabinets.

Kondo also add in-depth advice on moving, packing, and dealing with necessary objects that may not spark joy. This manual is perfect for anyone who wants a home—and life—that sparks joy, and helps readers live better with less.

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The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard

The Story of Stuff explores the threat of overconsumption on the environment, economy, and our health. Leonard examines the “stuff” we use everyday, offering a galvanizing critique and steps for a changed planet.

Annie Leonard transforms how we think about our lives and our relationship to the planet. From sneaking into factories and dumps around the world to visiting textile workers in Haiti and children mining coltan for cell phones in the Congo, Leonard highlights each step of the materials economy and its actual effect on the earth and the people who live near sites like these.

Leonard shares concrete steps for taking action at the individual and political level that will bring about sustainability, community health, and economic justice. 

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MagnifEco by Kate Black

In the wake of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh—the worst garment industry accident in recorded history— the industry has been forced to undergo a shift, and many of us are questioning our buying habits. Magnifeco is the Fast Food Nation of the fashion world—your guide to making a difference too.

In this guide, author Kate Black examines non-toxic beauty and ethical fashion; recommends a multitude of ways for consumers to make better decisions; introduces the brands and designers leading the way along this socially responsible path With this complete head-to-toe guide covering everything from hair and beauty products to shoes and footwear, you can feel better about everything you put on your body and be—magnifeco!

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The Sustainability Secret by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn

The companion to the groundbreaking 2014 documentary Cowspiracy, this book presents shocking truths about the effects of industrial animal agriculture on the planet. The leading cause of deforestation, rainforest destruction, greenhouse gas production, water consumption and pollution, habitat loss, species extinction, ocean dead-zones, topsoil erosion, and a host of other environmental ills, animal agriculture is the biggest issue facing the planet today and one of the most controversial environmental secrets in the world of conservation.

Filled with anecdotes, statistics, research, interviews with the filmmakers and contributors, and unabridged transcripts from the film, this companion book supplements and expands upon the documentary in every way. 

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Exercise physiologist Marco Borges is the author and founder of 22 Days Nutrition. He has shared his knowledge with countless celebrities and athletes; most famously Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Huge media coverage following their successful completion of the 22 Day Vegan Challenge inspired people around the world to adopt a plant-based diet. 

Founded on the principle that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit, The 22-Day Revolution is a plant-based diet designed to create lifelong habits that will empower you to live a healthier lifestyle, to lose weight, or to reverse serious health concerns. Inside, you’ll find motivating strategies, delicious recipes, and a detailed 22-day meal plan. With this program, you will lead a healthier, more energetic, and more productive life—helping you to live the life you want, not just the one you have.

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Crazy, Sexy Diet by Kris Carr

Crazy Sexy Diet is a must for anyone who seeks to be a sexy, confident wellness warrior. Infused with a bit of sass and an advice-from-the-trenches style, it is a beautifully illustrated resource and plant-based, vegan diet plan to put you on the fast track to vibrant health, happiness and a great ass!

Kris Carr and experts, lay out the fundamentals of her Crazy Sexy Diet: a low-glycemic, plant-based diet plan that emphasizes energizing whole and raw foods, nourishing organic green drinks and scrumptious smoothies. She also includes the steps of her own 21-day cleanse and simple, sample recipes.

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Like many young Americans, Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his teenage and college years oscillating between enthusiastic carnivore and occasional vegetarian. As he became a husband, and then a father, the moral dimensions of eating became increasingly important to him. Faced with the prospect of being unable to explain why we eat some animals and not others, Foer set out to explore the origins of many eating traditions and the fictions involved with creating them. 

Traveling to the darkest corners of our dining habits, Foer raises the unspoken question behind every fish we eat, every chicken we fry, and every burger we grill. Part memoir and part investigative report, Eating Animals is a book that, in the words of the Los Angeles Times, places Jonathan Safran Foer "at the table with our greatest philosophers."

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What should we have for dinner? The question has confronted us since man discovered fire, but according to Michael Pollan, how we answer it today may well determine our very survival as a species. Should we eat a fast-food hamburger? Something organic? Or perhaps something we hunt, gather, or grow ourselves?

What’s at stake in our eating choices is not only our own and our children’s health, but the health of the environment that sustains life on earth. Beautifully written and thrillingly argued, The Omnivore’s Dilemma promises to change the way we think about the politics and pleasure of eating. For anyone who reads it, dinner will never again look, or taste, quite the same.

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Folks, This Ain't Normal by Joel Salatin

From farmer Joel Salatin's point of view, life in the 21st century just ain't normal, and in this book he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love.

Salatin understands what food should be: Wholesome, seasonal, raised naturally, procured locally, prepared lovingly, and eaten with a profound reverence for the circle of life. And his message doesn't stop there.

Salatin has many thoughts on what normal is and shares practical and philosophical ideas for changing our lives in small ways that have big impact. His crucial message and distinctive voice make this a must-read book.

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Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. By urging us to once again eat food, Michael Pollan challenges the prevailing nutrient-by-nutrient approach — what he calls nutritionism — and proposes an alternative way of eating that is informed by the traditions and ecology of real, well-grown, unprocessed food. Our personal health, he argues, cannot be divorced from the health of the food chains of which we are part.

In Defense of Food shows us how we can escape the Western diet and, by doing so, most of the chronic diseases that diet causes. We can relearn which foods are healthy, develop simple ways to moderate our appetites, and return eating to its proper context. Pollan shows us how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives, enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy, and bring pleasure back to eating.

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Jason Wachob is the Founder and CEO of MindBodyGreen, the leading independent media brand dedicated to health and happiness with 15 million monthly unique visitors. 

In his first book, Jason redefines successful living and offers readers instead a new life currency. In this prescriptive memoir, he shows us all how to build a life, not a resume, and why it's important to make frequent deposits into our own 'wellth' accounts.

Don't just take his word for it, read exclusive material from popular contributors and see what they have to say about becoming truly wellthy, including: psychologist Sue Johnson, Dr. Frank Lipman, Dr. Aviva Romm, Joe Cross, meditation expert Charlie Knoles, EWG director Heather White, and yoga phenom Kathryn Budig.

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     Thanks for checking out my favorite books on sustainable living, nutrition, and health for ourselves and the environment. Your continued support inspires more than words can express. Be sure to leave comments below, letting me know what your favorites are, so that I can continue to learn with you. 

THE BEST DOCUMENTARIES ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY AND HEALTHY LIVING

     Living sustainably and eating a healthy vegan diet were not inherent parts of my life growing up. As a child of America in the 90s, I was first and foremost a consumer. A consumer of fast fashion, fast food, and meat... lots of meat.  The journey to where I am now has been a long one: A journey filled with personal change and progress... a journey of ups and downs... But ultimately a journey to a healthier, happier, and "more sustainable" me.

     The person who I am today has been fueled not only by my travels and the people I have met, but also in large part by my constant seeking of knowledge. I started at first by reading books such as The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan; Eating Animals by Johnathan Safran Foer; Eat Right For Your Type by Dr. Peter D'Adamo; The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell; and many more. These books made references to documentaries, peaking my interest to explore further. I have since watched hundreds of documentary films on a wide array of subjects surrounding sustainable living.

     Ranging from diet and health; environmental protection and sustainability; living with less; the fast fashion industry; the way we interact with one another; to the awe and beauty of the world we live in.

Here are my Top Documentaries that Inspire Sustainable, Healthy Living:


Forks Over Knives

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 A film explaining why a plant-based diet, free of processed foods is necessary for optimal health. It focuses on the ethical principles of veganism, but more so on the scientific proof that plant-based diets work best for our bodies. "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." - Brian L. Wendel


That Sugar Film

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"One man's journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as 'healthy'. Through this entertaining and informative journey, Damon highlights some of the issues that plague the sugar industry, and where sugar lurks on supermarket shelves"- Madman Entertainmen


Cowspiracy: the Sustainability Secret

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"The World's largest environmental organizations are failing to address the single most destructive force facing the planet today. Follow the shocking, yet humorous, journey of an aspiring environmentalist, as he daringly seeks to find the real solution to the most pressing environmental issues and true path to sustainability." -Imbd.com


 Racing Extinction 

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"Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, Oscar-winner Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) assembles a team of artists and activists intent on showing the world never-before-seen images that expose issues of endangered species and mass extinction. Whether infiltrating notorious black markets with guerrilla-style tactics or exploring the scientific causes affecting changes to the environment, RACING EXTINCTION will change the way we see the world and our role within it." -Imbd.com


Dirt! The Movie

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 "DIRT! The Movie brings to life the environmental, economic, social, and political impact that the soil has. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil. ...DIRT! The Movie is a call to action. 'The only remedy for disconnecting people from the natural world is connecting them to it again.' What we've destroyed, we can heal." - Common Ground Media, Inc.


Mission Blue

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"Legendary oceanographer and TED prize winner Dr. Sylvia Earle is on a mission to save our oceans. Mission Blue is part action-adventure, part expose of an Eco-disaster. More than 100 scientists, philanthropists and activists gather in the Galapagos Islands to help fulfill Dr. Earle's lifelong wish: build a global network of marine protected areas, like underwater national parks, to protect the natural systems that keep humans alive. As the expedition ends, Sylvia and an environmental dream team race around the world trying to defend her 'Hope Spots'." -imbd.com


True Cost

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"This is a story about clothing. It's about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?" -Michael Ross


We the Tiny House People

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"TV producer and Internet-video personality Kirsten Dirksen invites us on her journey into the tiny homes of people searching for simplicity, self-sufficiency, minimalism and happiness by creating shelter in tiny spaces." -Imbd.com


Unity 

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 "Despite the advent of science, literature, technology, philosophy, religion, and so on -- none of these has assuaged humankind from killing one another, the animals, and nature. UNITY is a film about why we can't seem to get along, even after thousands and thousands of years." -Nation Earth


Samsara 

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"Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders." -Imbd.com


I hope you are as moved by these documentaries as I have been. And as always thanks for reading.

 

THE BEST JUICE SPOTS IN NYC

     New York City is a haven for vegans. There are vegan restaurants, farmers markets year round, vegan bakeries and frozen-treat spots, and most corner bodegas now carry vegan products. But the variety doesn't end there. With an ever-growing number of plant-powered  juice spots, NYC gets better everyday. 

     Found in Manhattan and the surrounding burrows,  fresh-pressed, organic juice spots offer healthy options on-the-go, and are a favorite vegan option for me during my busiest days. Check out my list of the best juice spots in NYC, and give yourself a healthy, plant-powered boost to fuel your day.


About The Squeeze

The Squeeze is a wellness and beauty lifestyle company whose mission is to bring you the next level of nutritional consciousness through detox cleanses, superfoods, and fresh live produce prepared into raw gourmet meals. The Squeeze is dedicated to producing and offering the best tasting raw foods available in Manhattan, while simultaneously honoring the planet and our environment.

The Squeeze's selection of cold pressed juice cocktails, raw food, and natural cleanses can be the catalyst to a major lifestyle change, certain to take your body from beefy to leafy! This change will help restore your body to its maximum health potential, while enhancing its natural beauty and radiance.

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About Magic Mix Juicery

It is our mission to make healthy living effortless, efficient and simple so you can add in the good which naturally crowds out the bad.
MMJ is based on the concept that being healthy shouldn’t have to mean depriving yourself. Our principles are to always use fresh, organic ingredients to create nutritious plant-based foods and juices that are made from scratch in-house daily. We believe that no one solution fits all so we encourage you to make bio-individual choices that fit your lifestyle, and needs.
All our products are gluten-free, raw, vegan, kosher and of course always organic and fresh. FREE of GMO’s, pesticides, preservatives, additives, artificial fertilizers, artificial flavors, corn syrup, wax, pollutants.

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About Juice Generation

Long-time juicing devotee Eric Helms founded Juice Generation in 1999. His mission: Create a friendly, accessible juice bar where New Yorkers of all lifestyles, ages, and dietary backgrounds could experience the energizing effects of fresh, raw juices made with premium ingredients—conveniently and affordably.

Eric began by opening a small juice bar in New York City's Hell's Kitchen, where he got to know his customers' needs, preferences and health stories from the best vantage point possible: behind the counter, serving the pioneering members of New York's "juice generation."
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Why Sustainability Matters

Juice Generation is a proud member of the Green Restaurant Association, a national non-profit that helps restaurants and consumers work together to become more environmentally responsible. It is among the top NYC restaurants participating in NYC's Food Waste Challenge, which is aimed at reducing the amount of edible waste sent to landfills. 

Juice Generation is committed to using as much organic and local produce as possible. As an independent New York City company, they love supporting independent farmers in New York and the Northeast because they're essential to the greater health of our community and environment. All of the cold-pressed juices and raw foods are Certified by the Non-GMO Project, which guarantees that they only source produce and products that are void of GMOs.

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About Grass Roots Juicery

Located in Williamsburg, Grass Roots Juicery promotes healthy living through organic cold press juicing, smoothies, fresh-squeezed juices and healthy food options. Their organic cold press juice blends can be purchased from the retail fridge, and juice blends and smoothies are made to order.
Grass Roots Juicery is a unique and vital resource to the community based on the understanding that there is always room for growth and education on healthier options for a healthier life. They plan to fill the community not only with their highly regarded juices and health foods, but also with education and encouragement… healthy life, happy life!
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Local Produce and Groceries

Grass Roots Juicery offers food and products carefully curated for neighborhood customers, using vegetables and fruits from local farms whenever possible. 
The sandwich selections vary with the seasons and they use choice ingredients to bring food that is simply prepared and filled with flavor. 

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     What's your favorite juice spot in NYC? Write me a message or leave a comment and let me know!

Thanks as always, and be well.