By Michael Pollan
One of the first books I read that got me started into another 30 or so nutritional reference books. You’ll never get a better explanation of exactly where your food comes from.
He really wants to know what it is we are eating, where it came from and how it got to our table. Seriously dives into modern food production. He journeys up and down the food chain, one that might change the way you read a pre-prepared frozen meal, dig into a steak or decide whether to buy organic eggs. You’ll certainly never look at fast food the same again.
He gets dirty in the quest for better understanding. He buys his own cow, he helps with the open-air slaughter of pasture-raised chickens and goes hunting in Northern California. Along with wonderfully descriptive writing and truly engaging stories and characters, there is a full helping of serious information on the way modern food is produced.
The Whole 30
The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom
By Melissa Hartwig Urban, Dallas Hartwig
This one is easily at the top. It gives you the essential tools to live a healthier, happier life. If nothing else in the dieting world seems to work, try The Whole 30.
The Step-by-step plan is strict (think 30 days of no wine or beer). It’ll break unhealthy habits, reduce cravings, improve digestion, strengthen your immune system and help you lean up.
Light’s Out – Big read,
Sleep, Sugar, and Survival
By T. S. Wiley
I’ve learned a lot from this book. I even spent an hour on a 3-page piece in one chapter. It gets quite technical in places, but she (TS Wiley) is very clear about our current lack of sleep and the effects of this and tells you what to do about it. Kelly and I have put many of the ideas into practice.
Then from the book - they say: “When it comes to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and depression, everything you believe is a lie……we are really are sick from being tired. Diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and depression are rising in our population. We’re literally dying for a good night’s sleep."
"Our lifestyle wasn’t always this way. It began with the invention of the lightbulb"
"When we don’t get enough sleep in sync with seasonal light exposure, we fundamentally alter a balance of nature that has been programmed into our physiology since day one. This delicate biological rhythm rules the hormones and neurotransmitters that determine appetite, fertility, and mental and physical health. ….we fool our bodies into living in a perpetual state of summer. Anticipating the scarce food supply and forced inactivity of winter, our bodies begin storing fat and slowing metabolism to sustain us through the months of hibernation and hunger that never arrive. Our own survival instinct, honed over millennia, is now killing us.”
Accidentally Overweight - Easy Read
The 9 Elements That Will Help You Solve Your Weight-Loss Puzzle
by Dr. Libby Weaver
She’s a nutritional biochemist, author and speaker. I found that she uses really good analogies and examples to break down even the most complex of concepts into layman’s terms. The 9 Elements are key things to always consider and never rule out as the reason for your situation.
Another 2 to put on your list
- The Paleo Diet by Lorain Cordain
- The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf