5 Must-Read Books for Plant-Based Runners

Are you a plant-based runner or interested in becoming one? If so, here are 5 must-read books for you. Whether you’ve been following a plant based diet for years, or only a few weeks, these informative & inspiring books will help keep you on track. These are the 5 must-read books for plant based runners.

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How Not to Die & How Not to Diet

Michael Greger, M.D., FACLM

Dr. Greger is an invaluable resource in the plant-based community. He basically spends all of his time creating palpable videos that explain food-related findings (check them out here), writing well-researched books, and lecturing around the country to help new generations of doctors take into consideration the effect the foods their patients eat has on their health.

He’s a Cornell University School of Agriculture and Tufts University School of Medicine graduate and has done some neat things like serve as an expert witness in the “meat defamation” trial involving Oprah Winfrey in 1998.

If you’re interested in the nitty gritty of how fruits and veggies affect us (what to eat when and why), check out How Not to Die:

For his latest book on obesity and how to achieve long-term weight loss success, check out:

Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself

Rich Roll

If you’re looking for an inspiring story on how an addict changes his life around: look no further.

After I finished this book, I immediately switched to a plant-based diet and ever since have been a huge Rich Roll fan.

His story is incredible, and the work he’s done since publishing this book is impressive. Trust me, even if you have no interest in switching to a plant-based diet (or going for a run), you will adore his memoir.

Your Body in Balance: The New Science of Food, Hormones, and Health

Neal D. Barnard, M.D., FACC

If you’ve been suffering from infertility, menstrual cramps, weight gain, or hair loss, or any other hormonal issue, you might want to check out Dr. Neal Barnard’s new book.

He dives into how certain foods affect hormones and how they can contribute to common and chronic ailments.

Hormones play a huge role in how we feel and how our bodies operate and shouldn’t be overlooked. Barnard’s book is interesting, but also provides practical advice on what to do if you’re trying to get your hormones back in check.

Eat & Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

Scott Jurek

If you are interested in ultra marathons, you have surely heard of Scott Jurek. Or, perhaps you have read Christopher McDougall’s Born to Run and ran into him there (ha – see what I did there?).

I have to include Jurek’s Eat and Run : My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness in this list because it hits the nail on the head so perfectly.

Jurek dives deep into his career as a successful vegan endurance athlete, showing his readers how he grew up from a midwestern meat and potatoes ting kiddo, to a world renowned plant-based athlete. In this book, Jurek is likable, honest, and certainly inspiring.

Have you read any of these already? If so, comment below and let us know what you think! And if you’re a huge Rich Roll fan and have read his book, be sure to listen to his podcast!

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