January 18, 2016

Day 18: Our Highly Recommended Books

These are 10 books I have personally read which have had an impact on the way I view health and nutrition. Scott has also read through enough parts of each of them to get on board and allow our family to make some pretty sweeping changes to our diet, menu, pantry, fridge, and shopping.

I quit sugar by sarah wilson bookI Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson is a wonderful guide to an intensive 8-week program to help you break the sugar addiction for real.  Her program includes cutting back sugar, adding good and healthy fats, and then going off of sweets (including fruits) for 6 weeks.  This creates a clean slate for your body and truly breaks the sugar cycle. She includes 108 practical and delicious recipes including healthy sweet treats. In the end you ease back into fruits and better alternative sweeteners and continue a path of healthy, sugar-free eating. She runs a website, blog and a Facebook page. She has written at least a dozen books and cookbooks.

Hungry for Change book by James Colquhoun
Hungry for Change written by James Colquhoun and Laurentine Ten Bosh (producers of the documentaries: Food Matters and Hungry for Change) write a compelling story of how our societies' diet is killing us slowly.  They collaborate with many leading experts in the field of nutrition to clarify the point that real food is what our bodies are designed to eat and why processed foods are harmful.  They give wonderful advice and many practical recipes for living a healthier lifestyle. This is their only book but they have a great Facebook page and you can watch part of Hungry for Change on their website or the full documentary on Netflix. Food Matters is also on Netflix.

Eat to Live book by Joel FuhrmanSuper Immunity by Joel Fuhrman
Disease-Proof Your Child by Joel FuhrmanDr. Joel Fuhrman has become one of our favorite and trusted authors on health and nutrition. His books, Eat to Live, Disease Proof Your Child, and Super Immunity are each packed with important information on diet and nutrition. He is a doctor who has helped thousands of patients overcome health challenges which are in most cases incurable.  The results come from an overhaul of their typical diet to a nutrient-rich life full of fresh vegetables and plant based proteins. One of our favorite stories was about how after his family changed their diet, his daughter has not been sick in 7 years! He has written several more books and we love his advice. Here are links to his website and Facebook pages.

The Healing Diet book by Gerald M Lemole
The Healing Diet by Dr. Gerald M. Lemole is another great book dealing with one of our least talked about systems of the body: the Lymphatic System. In this book he details the important functions and vital role our Lymph nodes and fluid play in our overall health and well-being. He includes wonderful recipes in the back which aid in the healthy function of the Lymphatic System. Here is a detailed book review and here is his bio. Dr Lemole is the father-in-law and acknowledged mentor of Dr. Oz.

Book: Year of No Sugar by Eve O Schaub
Year of No Sugar by Eve O. Schaub is a wonderful, light memoir of one family's commitment for one whole year not to eat sugar and how their lives changed because of it. Here she details what sugar is and why it is toxic to our bodies. She also describes her love of sugar and eloquently explains why so many of us feel such a deep emotional attachment to sweets and treats.  Her writing style is fun and unique and easy to relate to. The one weakness of the book in our eyes is that it focuses mostly on finding alternate sweeteners in the same recipes to take the place of sugar without actually cutting more desserts out of your life.

Book: Sugar Crush by Dr Richard P Jacoby
Sugar Crush by Dr. Richard P. Jacoby is a fantastic read with no mincing words. He is a doctor of neuropathy (nerves) and has found in his detailed studies and research that sugar indeed causes nerve damage. He explains and backs up his claims with scientific research and experience with patients.  In the end we are offered hope and suggestions as we strive to kick our unhealthy habits and sugar addictions.

Book: Weelicious Lunches by Catherine McCord
Book: Weelicious by Catherine McCordThere are two wonderful Weelicious books by Catherine McCord. They each contain about 150 kid-friendly recipes that are easy to make and pretty healthy alternatives to processed, packaged foods. They are filled with lots of great menu planning ideas, tips, tricks, and reusable product suggestions to make lunch fun. We have used dozens of the recipes and the kids and adults in our family really eat them. Here is a link to her website and her Facebook page both of which offer free daily recipes and articles.

While striving for the best health we can, we do not claim to follow each book’s advice strictly. We have given serious attention to all of the advice as we have read these books over the last 6 years, but have now settled into a philosophy of health and nutrition which suits our family. As you read these books I would invite you to do the same. 

All of the books tend to agree on two things: Sugar is mostly bad and whole, natural, organic vegetables are the best thing you can eat. Their individual recommendations on protein, fat, carbs, grains, nuts, oils, and fruits may differ, but don't let that put you in analysis paralysis. Cut down your sugar, increase your vegetables, and maintain a healthy balance of everything else and you'll be on the right track to better health. And we promise you will start seeing and feeling results.

Have you read any of the books above, and what were your takeaways and thoughts? And what other books about health and nutrition are your favorites? Comment below and let us know. 


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  1. Heather and Scott!! I love this blog you two have created! I have a bachelors in Exercise and Health Science and naturally love these exact topics. I look forward to reading more!

    1. Kara...Thank you! What a fascinating major! I probably would have loved that. I have really enjoyed studying these topics lately. I'm curious, do you find that what you learned in college and what you have learned on your own have stayed the same? Or are there some discrepancies? I'm finding that the world of nutrition is highly contradictory. As in what is healthy fat? Are eggs really good for you? Are carbs the evil and not fat? So many opinions! I would love to hear what you think!

  2. Analysis paralysis! I've been there for sure.

    1. Jennie...thank you for your comment! There is so much information out there it can be overwhelming to even know where to begin? Should I cut sugar or cut out meat? Should I go without dairy or should I cut out gluten? There are so many choices. We have found that each book gives us something new to work on. And often I work on different aspects at different times. I remember one of my first steps at conscious nutritional choices was to switch to natural peanut butter. That took time to get used to and it was the only thing I was working on! And that's ok! There was a time when we tried to follow Dr. Fuhrman's recommendation of going meatless for a while. That was great and taught us a lot of things. Then we tried going without dairy for a while but added in fish and chicken. Now we are trying to go off of sugar and have settled into what we feel is a balance of meat, dairy and grains to help us with that goal. I believe each step has been beneficial. I do not believe that it has to be all or nothing, but that any step toward your goal is a success!

  3. I look forward to reading many of these books. It's always great to add more healthy options to our meal choices.
    Have you looked much into natural yeast? A friend of mine got me started, and it has been interesting learning about how our body digests grains. I've enjoyed the two books/cookbooks about natural yeast written by Melissa Richardson.

    1. Christine...Natural Yeast is a great topic. I am trying to understand more about healthy digestion. When you say natural yeast are you talking about sourdough starts? Are there others? I have tried sourdough starts a while back and only used it a couple of times. I definitely need more practice! But yes it is something I would love to learn more about. I would love to hear more about your experience! I will look into the book by Melissa Richardson. Thank You!

    2. As far as I understand it, keeping the yeast on the countertop will be more sour, and keeping the yeast in the fridge (and feeding it about every other day) will help it to be sweeter. I'm not a fan of the taste of sourdough, so I've kept my yeast in the fridge.
      I love the books by Melissa because it gives me so many ideas for using the yeast. My family's favorites have been crackers, crepes, muffins, applesauce cookies, carrot cake, and I also use it to make a delicious thin crust pizza (I got this last idea from my friend and could share the recipe/method with you if you're interested).

    3. I just got one of her books from the library. I can't wait to dive in and see what might work for us. I am always interested in better foods for digestion. As a healing method for myself for a few weeks I am going gluten free. It wont be permanent, but part of further natural healing that I am on. Do you have any idea if natural yeast can be used in a gluten free bread recipe? Or does the yeast feed off of the gluten? I'll have to do some research. But certainly when I am introducing grain back in I would like to go the natural yeast route, so thank you for pointing this out to me!

    4. Christine...I am so enjoying Melissa Richardson's book on natural yeast! I believe this is a big piece of the puzzle for better digestion for me and for everyone! Thank you again for the tip! I may be writing a post about the topic soon to help others become more aware. Great suggestion!