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Healthy Eating- Health Books I Jive With

These are a few of my favorite books on health. They all have helped mold my thinking about food and healthful living. This is not to say I agree with EVERYTHING they say, some even contradict each other, but the knowledge I have gleaned from them is what I have been putting into practice when feeding my family, and SOMETHING is working! Praise God.

You:The Owner’s Manual

I admit, I’m a Dr. Oz fan. I even tape his show. I love all the videos he does to show how the amazing body works internally. I learn so much from his books. He uses comic type pictures to really help a regular joe (or sue:)) understand why our bodies do what they do, how different organs work, and the cause and effect of things we put into our bodies.

You:On A Diet

Same as above but with more focus on food and diet. I even got my husband to read this one. He enjoyed it, and used some of what he read to help him lose 25 pounds.  He looks great! Now he does not look at me with a blank stare when I want to talk health–he gets it, most of it.:) I only get an occasional blank stare..

You:Staying Young

This one was a fun read for me. It talks beauty which I’m always up for..

The Unhealthy Truth

Are you glad I moved on from Doc Oz?
I devoured this book. I don’t know what to think of some of its content, but major light bulbs went off for me when it came to my daughters asthma and allergy symptoms. Because of this book I no longer use cleaning products with chemicals in them, which I KNOW has played a big part in getting my daughter off inhalers. It also made me more aware of food allergies, and because of that I now know the horrid coughing fits my daughter would randomly, but often, have were do to yellow food coloring and maybe corn. (ugh, I so sound like one of THOSE mothers I used to roll my eyes at)

In Defense Of Food

Another very intriguing book. One my husband rolls his eyes at, and one I raise my eyebrows at while saying “Hmm..”  I liked this book.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

This one was just a fun read. It let me fantasize about living on a farm and growing my own food. I would love that, really I would, but I will settle for a garden–even if it has to be a community garden!

Real Food

This is one I am reading now. Can’t seem to finish it because I am always blogging!

Nourishing Traditions

This one is next on my list. I hear it is pretty hard core. Bring it on…

So as I was checking to make sure all the links worked in this post, and I was so pleased to see that all of these books were reviewed by many on, and most got four and three quarters stars!  A couple got 5 stars, and one (You:Staying Young) got 4 stars.  That makes me happy! I feel less alone and less quacky in this quest, to simplify the foods my family eats, and to figure out which ones are most helpful to our health.

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  • Amanda
    February 15, 2010 at 2:58 am

    You are definitely not alone in your quest! My hubby is still rolling his eyes at me, but I think he is starting to come around. My family thinks I’m cooky, but I am seeing too many changes in myself and my children to change the way I feel about how we eat. Thanks for all the book suggestions. I want to read them ALL. Love your blog!!!

  • Sarah
    January 5, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Nourishing Traditions is a personal fave. I read it nearly two years ago and since then have bought both myself and my mom a copy for our libraries! It is a TOME. And a bit overwhelming sometimes so don’t feel like you have to immediately change everything from reading the book; take it in small bites and bits and you’ll do great!

    I don’t use NT as a cookbook too much, more for reference than anything. It’s helped me change some of the ingredients and way I cook family recipes moreso than actually providing new recipes, if that makes sense.

    Nina Planck is also a favorite – I have her book “Real Food for Mothers and Babies” and love it. I lend it to every pregnant mama I know!

    Happy Reading!


  • Amy
    January 5, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    yes, wonderfulness is a word in my book..for sure.
    Now I am excited to read it.
    How long was your class? Did it cost anything? Where did you take it?

  • Rebecca
    January 5, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    i was hoping you would have nourishing traditions on your list because if you wouldn’t have included it… i would have informed you on it’s wonderfulness (is that a word?). the holistic nutrition class that i took was constantly going back to info in this book. they referred to it as the bible of healthy living :). it was fascinating to read the “know your ingredients” on the side of most pages. it made me aware of all the terrible ingredients in normal things i cook with like, bouillon cubes, ranch dressing packets etc. you will love it! i mainly use it as a cookbook or a reference source, i have not read it cover to cover, so good luck with that 🙂

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