This book was the first book about healthy eating that I chose to read as an adult (as opposed to being assigned by a dietitian when I was younger), and it was extremely influential on my diet, and inspiration to pay more attention to the food in general. Although it is now outdated, I like that it is a straight-forward guide to healthy eating for a long, happy life. Dr. Willett tears apart the USDA food pyramid and creates a brand new one that places fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats at the bottom, along with daily exercise. The book contains solid explanations of a variety of foods including grains and vitamins that I continue to re-read to this day, as well as some great recipes. This is a must-read!
I could not recommend Michael Pollan’s Food Rules more. In this small, $6 book, Pollan presents 64 simple rules about food in a very easy-to-understand format. Some of my favorites include:
#2 Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food
#22 Eat mostly plants, especially leaves, and best of all:
#43 Have a glass of wine with dinner.
His “rules” make complete sense, and create a fun and simple basis for healthy eating.
The New Glucose Revolution: The Authoritative Guide to the Glycemic Index
This book provides guidelines for glycemic load and glycemic index; the measurement of how glucose in a food is absorbed by the body and how it can affect us in every-day life. The first half describes glycemic values and what they mean, and the second half lists values of many every day foods. Not an entertaining read by any means, but a great resource for those of us looking to minimize spikes in blood sugar.
This is a really fun book by Barbara Kingsolver that chronicles her family’s year eating locally, including growing most of their food in their own backyard. Kingsolver writes about the importance of eating whole, organic, in-season fruits and vegetables. The book also makes you appreciate the hard work involved in the lost art of farming. This is a great gift for people who love to read Kingsolver’s novels, but haven’t quite made the switch to local, organic and sustainable eating. For more information and great recipes, check out www.animalvegetablemiracle.com.