Here’s a short list of my favorites, listed in no particular order. Watch for additional book reviews, or join in the conversation and share them out to your community!
The Abascal Way To Quiet Inflammation, by Kathy Abascal. This was the first book I read on decreasing inflammation. She also has a website; the testimonials are very moving. Reading her descriptions of the science helped me to make further shifts in my eating habits. She has an easy to follow list of recommendations.
It Starts with Food, by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig. This is a great book; it simplifies the science, and shares concepts with easy to understand analogies. I got it as an audio book, which makes it easy to listen and review. I think this should be taught in 8th grade Health class. They recommend that the food we put on our plate meet these 4 good food standards: Promote a healthy psychological response; Promote a healthy hormonal response; Support a healthy gut; Support immune function and minimize inflammation.
Primal Blueprint, by Mark Sission. This is a great book on adapting a primal life. He lays out 10 laws for living like our ancestors, in their eating patterns, sleeping, play, and changing our exercise habits for longevity and effortless weight loss. This is another great resource for understanding over Carb-sumption and what it does in the body.
The Paleo Approach, by Sarah Ballantyne, Ph.D. This book is like a text book with great graphics and easy to understand descriptions. It is thick with science, and really looks at autoimmune disease as a result of our eating habits. I got this from the library, before I decided that I had to have it in my library.
The Grain Brain, by David Perlmutter, MD. Written by a neurologist with an MD in nutrition, he shares research from around the globe over the past several decades. He believes that gluten is not good for any brain, and he details how carbs and sugars affect the brain. After reading this, I thought that every family should have a copy of this book on their must read list.
The Whole 30, by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig. This is the 30 day elimination diet to reset your metabolism. They have an excellent website with free PDF’s of their guidelines and some really amazing food comparisons, very enlightening. An excellent resource to get you started (as they would say) on your personal food experiment of one.
The Yeast Connection, by William G. Crook. Great book on what happens in our body when sugars feed candida or the bad bacteria in the gut. Easy to follow 10 day cleanse. I think this one should also be in the bookshelf, as a staple.
Interested in joining a book club, want to join me? I invite you to read along, and start discussions on any of the books. I am happy to try and simplify the science or clarify any questions that you may have. Let’s share knowledge and have educated discourse!