I 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 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.
Dr. 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 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.
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.
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.
There 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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