Must-Read Books about the Food We Eat
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How we eat affects our weight, yes, but also our moods, our health, our attitudes, our relationships, and our lifestyles.
Poppy Marler writes the healthy lifestyle blog Facing 40, which is devoted to fun, fit, and fierce women straddling the age of 40. She explains the importance of learning about our food and making thoughtful choices about how we eat just as we do for all other areas of our lives.
Marler says, “Consumers are constantly bombarded with conflicting nutrition information through news, social media, and even different views in the same mainstream magazine. Getting information from a well-researched book or reading a study first-hand makes it easier to decipher the credibility of suggested diet changes.”
We couldn't agree more. While there isn't necessarily one right way to eat, there is a universal concept to consciously deciding what food is right for us. To help, we've gathered four books we love about the food we eat.
Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life by Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr. Lilian Cheung
With the scientific expertise of Dr. Lilian Cheung in nutrition, and Thich Nhat Hanh's experience in teaching mindfulness the world over, Savor not only helps us achieve the healthy weight and well-being we seek, but it also brings to the surface the rich abundance of life available to us in every moment.
What we love about this book: Savor's focus on seeing the abundance and beauty of this world–including the food on our table and in our mouths–makes food and body image a positive topic.
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan
In In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan proposes a new (and very old) answer to the question of what we should eat. It comes down to seven simple, but liberating words: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Pollan's bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives, enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy, and bring pleasure back to eating.
What we love about this book: In Defense of Food teaches you to trust your instincts and to keep food choices simple, basic, natural, and whole. We love the messages that we can trust ourselves to know what's best for our bodies and that simplicity is best.
The 17 Day Diet by Dr. Mike Moreno
Dr. Mike Moreno's revolutionary program metabolically adjusts your body so that you burn fat day in and day out. The program is structured around four 17-day cycles.
What we love about this book: We hesitate to include a book with the word “diet” in this list, but in this case, the word diet is reclaimed to mean the food we choose to eat. The book is a plan, for weight loss, yes, but it mostly teaches us what serving sizes actually look like, which foods give energy, and which foods deplete it. In American culture, we've lost sight of these details, and this book reteaches the “basics” that many of us never truly learned.
Women Food and God by Geneen Roth
After three decades of studying, teaching, and writing about our compulsions with food, bestselling author Geneen Roth adds a powerful new dimension to her work in Women Food and God. She begins with her most basic concept: The way you eat is inseparable from your core beliefs about being alive. Your relationship with food is an exact mirror of your feelings about love, fear, anger, meaning, transformation and, yes, even God.
What we love about this book: Women Food and God is both humorous and searing. This book really gets to the core of why we eat the way that we do. It's a smart, quick read that gets you thinking and ready for change because you understand the why behind your habits.
Do you have a book you would recommend about the food we eat and cultivating a positive relationship and understanding around it? Share in the comments!