Some of you know that I have made some major changes in my diet over the past year. I haven’t shared much about it, but it’s really come about because of these books I’ve read. Once I started making changes, I felt so much better and my allergies have definitely calmed down. I’m not all the way “cured” yet, but I’m really excited about the progress I’m making!
Here are 11 books that have been instrumental in getting me to change the way I view food and dieting.
This was the very first book I read about five years ago that started me down the path. Obviously, it’s been a slow process–because I didn’t embrace many of the ideas in this book until within the past year. Honestly, I felt overwhelmed by the amount of information the first time I read it and put it aside. I’ve been rereading it though, and I’m excited to try out the recipes!
This book I just found in the last month, but it is one of the best I’ve seen as far as cravings, the cause of those cravings, and practical ways to help. If you have struggled with your weight, your moods, depression, allergies, or autoimmune-type diseases, I would HIGHLY recommend this book.
This book helped me realize for the first time that the food is medicine. Instead of spending money on medicine and healthcare, I realized I needed to spend more money on food–real food that doesn’t cause inflammation in my body. The grocery budget was upped after reading this one!
I still go back-and-forth with some of the Paleo information. I’m eating Paleo right now, but I think I’m more along the lines of a traditional foods kind of approach (AKA Nourishing Traditions–#1 above). I do like the recipes in this book, and the guides are really helpful, too.
I credit the Whole30 with helping me break my addiction to sugar. It’s a really powerful program, and if you can stick to it without cheating, you will see (and feel) amazing benefits. Don’t cheat though, or you have to start your Whole30 over again!!
This is really a powerful little book that will guide you to understand some of the spiritual issues of food–overeating, cravings, etc. You can see my series on Made to Crave here.
This has gluten-free and dairy-free recipes that my kids actually like!
If you are to a point where you are “tired and wired” all the time, you might want to check your adrenal function. I had some of the strangest (I thought) symptoms, but when I read this book, I realized I wasn’t so crazy…and I was struggling with the beginning stages of adrenal fatigue. Thankfully, I found an excellent functional medicine doctor who is helping me heal from this!
This is a helpful book about the effects of gluten. I just borrowed it, so it’s not one I have in my library, but it does contain some beneficial recipes and info.
This is a book on detoxing your body. I haven’t made it through a full detox yet, but that’s on the agenda for this summer. I won’t be using his kit or anything, but you can do the full program with just regular, organic foods. I’ll share more once I make it through the program!
This is a bonus one I added! This book also got me on the road to real food. Food that my great-great-grandmother would recognize as food!
Do you have a favorite book you recommend about real food or natural health?
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