There are plenty of books about being healthy that are filled with big words and scary statistics and 90% of us will never read them. Fiction can be so much more enticing when that is the non-fiction alternative. These books about being healthy are a bit different; they are fun, informative, and give real world solutions to the issues many of us face when it comes to eating better. Some of these books even encourage you to skim past the bits that do not concern you, and others will take about an afternoon to read. But, each one has the capability of changing the way you look at food and reinventing your health style.
1. The Omnivore’s Dilemma
When it comes to books about being healthy, The Omnivore's Dilemma is one of those that almost every person has heard something about. The Omnivore’s Dilemma was written in 2009 by author and TED speaker, Michael Pollan, one year after his book, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto was published. In The Omnivores Dilemma, Pollan discusses what he believes to be the four basic ways humans have gotten food throughout existence and details each process. This book is a very interesting and informative read that most foodies would sincerely enjoy.
2. 4-Hour Body
Author Tim Ferriss is best known for his writing debut, The 4-Hour Workweek, back in 2008. The 4-Hour Body is another of Ferriss’ books that talks about living smart, not hard. This is a great book for anyone that 1) enjoys science or 2) wants to get healthier but does not have the time. Really, anyone that finds health interesting will, most likely, love this one.
3. Skinny Bitch
Skinny Bitch is one of those books that you can read in an afternoon and it will change the way you see food. It did for me. I read this book while lying out in college one day and from that day on, decided I would not eat meat. This is not vegetarian propaganda, but there are a few chapters relating to the meat industry. Authors Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin cover everything from synthetic sweeteners to food production and even give all of us an out to reading the meat industry bits. Although, both the authors and I completely recommend reading that part too, if you ever eat meat.
4. Foodist: Using Real Food and Real Science to Lose Weight without Dieting
Goodness, I hate fad diets. Maybe that is why this book looks so good. Author Darya Pino Rose is a close friend to Tim Ferriss and holds a PhD in neuroscience. Darya believes that the foods we eat hold the key to a healthier life with less illness. If you want to read a little bit more on her and her incredible story, check out her blog, SummerTomato.com.
5. Forks over Knives: the Plant Based Way to Health
Funny, but a carnivore told me about this book and the movie. This is a companion book to the documentary under the same title. If you have Netflix or Amazon Prime, I would highly recommend carving out 90-minutes of your week to watch this one. Then, go out and pick up this helpful book with recipes and other good bits of knowledge to go along with it.
6. The 4-Hour Chef
If one of the biggest hesitations about eating healthy is your lack of kitchen skills, do not fret; most women under the age of 30 see the kitchen as more a war zone than their domain. Tim Ferriss’ most recent book, The 4-Hour Chef, deals with our fears of cooking/burning the house to the ground with a simple approach to unlocking your inner chef. This book is filled with recipes, tips, and simple tips on how to learn.
7. The Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health
Ok, I will not lie, this title does sound a bit gimmicky. Thankfully, the book is not. This book is a love letter for all of those closet anthropologists and sociologists out there. Author John Durant discusses food habits of those way back in the Paleolithic era while bringing all that info back to life and health today. This is a great read for everyone, not just those who enjoy a Paleo diet.
A great saying states that the only things which will change us are the books we read and the people we meet. There is at least one book here that is sure to change our outlook on food and our health. What are some books that have changed your life?