Healthy Lifestyle Resources

The Best of the Best:

There are many trustworthy resources available to help us understand the effects that our lifestyle has on our health and happiness.

Here are the resources that I recommend the most:

(Those high-lighted in yellow are, in my opinion, the “Best of the Best”)


The Plant-Based Diet booklet from Kaiser Permanente provides a great introduction to the benefits and basics of a plant-based diet.

Websites: This website has thousands of free, evidence based videos about the science behind healthy and not so healthy lifestyle choices. All thanks to Dr Michael Greger, MD and his team. This website has many free videos on lifestyle as the foundation for better health thanks to Dr Marc Braman . This website provides recipes and articles on a whole foods plant based diet. Also the documentary Forks Over Knives can be accessed here. This website provides a one-week, self-guided journey through a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle and educational video content from Rip Esselstyn, author of The Engine 2 Diet. This website, inspired by the world’s longest-lived cultures, strives to help people live longer, better lives by improving their environment. The American College of Lifestyle Medicine website provides general information and help finding a lifestyle medicine provider in your area. UC Davis Integrative Medicine website has some great information including their 21-Day Plant-Based Challenge. The Greater Good in Action website has instructions for dozens of practices to develop mindfulness, gratitude, forgiveness, self-compassion and more.


The Alzheimer’s Solution by Dean and Ayesha Sherzai and their new book, The 30 Day Alzheimer’s Solution, are excellent guides to lifestyle changes that greatly reduce our risk for Alzheimer’s Disease and other types of dementia. They show how we can make changes proven to slow or sometimes even improve the symptoms of cognitive decline. Since what is good for the brain is good for the rest of our body, it is a great resource for an overall healthy lifestyle.

How Not to Die , How Not to Diet, How Not to Die Cookbook, and the How Not to Diet Cookbook by Dr Michael Greger, MD are a great addition to any healthy lifestyle library. All the profits from sales go to support the website.

Various books by Dr Joel Fuhrman, MD provide a good summary of how lifestyle, especially excellent nutrition, can be useful in treating and reversing many of our chronic diseases.

The Blue Zones and The Blue Zones of Happiness. These books by Dan Buettner explore the secrets of the longest living and happiest cultures in the world.

The Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn tells the story of how he created The Engine 2 Diet plan to help some of his fellow Engine 2 firefighters who were in dire physical condition. By following Rip’s program, everyone lost weight (some more than 20 pounds), lowered their cholesterol (the biggest drop was 344 to 196), and improved their overall health.


Forks Over Knives has helped millions of people to discover how a healthy lifestyle can treat many common medical conditions. It follows everyday people as they learn to use a whole-food, plant-based diet to improve their health and reverse the underlying causes of their medical conditions.

What the Health tells a fascinating story surrounding the importance of Plant Based Diets and why the nation’s leading health organizations don’t seem to want people to know about it.

The Game Changers explores how a plant based diet can be part of the quest for ultimate athletic performance. The Game Changers Website is also an excellent resource.

Secret Ingredients is a film that shares many powerful stories of people who regained their health after changing to an all organic diet, free of GMOs, and toxic pesticides.

Short Videos: Here are a few thought provoking YouTube videos:

Make Health Last

Rewind the Future

Time Travel Dietitian

Programs: The CHIP Complete Health Improvement Program offers a  community-based program that helps participants make lasting lifestyle choices..

The NEURO PLAN Academy program designed be Drs. Dean and Ayesha Sherzai, authors of The Alzheimer’s Solution and The 30 Day Alzheimer’s Solution. The NEURO PLAN App is free and gives you a taste of the full program. This website and the books written by Dr Dean Ornish introduce Ornish Lifestyle Medicine, a program which provides a comprehensive lifestyle transformation. The RECODE program developed by Dr Dale Bredesen to reverse Alzheimer’s Dementia has a significant lifestyle component as well as extensive testing and treatments to shift the balance to nerve protection rather than nerve degeneration. There is a brief video that can be watched, and his book, The End of Alzheimer’s, is quite


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I hope you have enjoyed getting to know each of these excellent resources. And that you are inspired to use them more in the future. I trust you’ll find the next page very informative as well, Lifestyle and Chronic Disease.

Ted Nyquist, MD


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