Since many people have a New Year’s resolution or goal of eating better or getting healthy, I thought now would be a good time to compile a list of nutrition and food books to help guide you on your journey.
Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating by Walter C. Willett, M.D., and Patrick J. Skerrett
This is my favorite book about nutrition, and I’ve read it twice. I keep it heavily bookmarked because I find myself referencing it all the time. If you’re looking for a completely comprehensive guide to your health and nutrition, this is the book for you.
Nutrition for Dummies by Carol Ann Rinzler
I’m generally not a fan of the For Dummies series, but I have read this one and it was incredibly informative and a great option for people that want something a little bit easier to read than the above-mentioned Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy.
The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes
This is one of the books I’m currently reading. I’m participating in Sugar-Free January, and in order to help keep myself motivated I wanted to read something about sugar and the sugar industry. This is a fascinating book about whether or not sugar is addictive, how our diets have come to include sugar in so many different formats, and the effect it has on our overall health.
Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ by Guilia Enders
Despite the huge impact that our digestive system has on our overall health, it’s not talked about as often as it should be because let’s face it, it’s not always a pleasant thing to discuss. This book will answer your questions on everything from acid reflux to lactose intolerance and so much more.
Skin Cleanse: The Simple, All-Natural Program for Clear, Calm, Happy Skin by Adina Grigore
Your skin is an organ, and too many people neglect its care when implementing a new health routine. This book will help you learn what foods will clear up your skin and keep it looking healthy. Over the years, I’ve periodically given up both sugar and dairy, and each time I eliminated triggering foods I noticed a very stark change in the luminosity and clearness of my skin.
The China Study by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell II
This nutrition and health book has been wildly popular since it’s publication in 2001. Dr. T. Colin Campbell and his team at Cornell undertook The China Study, a comprehensive review of the relationship between diet and disease. What they found was that a diet high in animal protein was more likely to lead to disease, while a plant-based diet would do the opposite.
The Wellness Project: A Hedonist’s Guide to Making Healthier Choices by Phoebe Lapine
The author of this book, Phoebe Lapine, suffers from an autoimmune disease and wrote this book to help people like her, as well as people who just want to live healthier, find changes that will have the largest influence on their health. To write this book, Lapine undertook 12 wellness challenges and writes about her experiences with them.
How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by Michael Greger, M.D. and Gene Stone
The author of this book, Dr. Michael Greger, is the creator of the popular website NutritionFacts.org. In this book, he talks about the fifteen top causes of death in America and how our diets can influence and prevent those diseases. I’m recommending this book because I am a huge believer in preventing illness before it arises, and this book will help guide you through that. There’s also a corresponding cookbook.
Ayurveda Beginner’s Guide: Essential Ayurvedic Principles & Practices to Balance & Heal Naturally by Susan Weis-Bohlen
I read this book in 2018 because I’m always interested in living a more natural life. Ayurveda is the practice of eating and living based on your body type. While I definitely won’t be implementing everything in this book (like putting ghee on your eyes), I did learn a lot from it and put certain things into practice such as dry brushing. This book contains tons of tips, recipes, yoga and meditation information, and more.
Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide
I never thought much about herbs as a medicine until I had an herbalist roommate years ago. She showed me that, while herbs weren’t always a perfect medicine, they were definitely beneficial to ease symptoms and prevent issues from arising. After we parted ways, I purchased this book to continue looking into the practice. I now regularly use herbs for things such as menstrual cramps, headaches, stomach aches, and more.