The best book I know that explains not only how to eat, but also how we got to a place of such confusion about eating. Writer Gary Taubes culls through 100 years of nutritional research to clearly illuminate the real causes of weight gain and what to do about it.
A great, readable overview of what food is and how food affects us – neurologically, hormonally, and from a gut and immune perspective. A must-read for anyone who suspects they may have food sensitivities and is unsure what to do about it.
Dallas and Melissa Hartwig’s terrific, informative website guides you through their 30-day elimination
diet, employing the principles from their book.
A breezy exploration of the ideas behind Primal and Paleo by the man responsible for the hugely
popular blog “Mark’s Daily Apple.” Lots of inspiring before-and-after stories and photos of
people who lost weight and became physically fit by reconnecting with whole food eating and
primal lifestyle habits. More at marksdailyapplae.com.
Explores which foods make you “Bulletproof” – possessing a sharp mind, pain-free body and
robust gut. Asprey is a rigorous researcher, and while some of his tips might feel too advanced
for many of us, overall he offers extremely good advice on reducing inflammation in the body
and performing well.
A readable account of what changed in modern wheat, and why it is likely making us sick and fat.
If you think “gluten-free” is just made-up marketing nonsense (as I did), this book is a must-read.
Connects the dots between our society’s increased consumption of grains and our increased
mental illnesses such as ADHD, Autism and Depression. Very important reading for people with
mental health issues.
A great little book for losing weight. Takes a ketogenic approach, with influences from Bulletproof
and The Whole 30. Keeps the exercise stuff beautifully simple, focusing more on eating in
a way that is not fattening and using the fat you already have for energy instead.
The ultimate ketogenic guide! Abel James (from My Diet Can Beat Your Diet fame) has a
jam-packed blog and podcast, offering loads of information on the science behind ketogenic
diets and using Paleo principles to stay fit and lean.
Melissa Joulwan has created the ultimate Paleo cookbook for intuitive cooks. Every recipe is offered with a few twists and substitutions, and Joulwan also has an ingenious “template” page, helping you mix veggies, meat and spices in endless variations.
Michelle Tam and her designer husband Henry Fong make Paleo cooking bright, breezy and fun in this cookbook filled with delicious, family-friendly dinners. Tam brings just enough Asian flair to her recipes, using things like fish sauce, sriracha and mushrooms to boost flavor. One of my favorites.
A rich, well-referenced book that takes the Bulletproof approach to cooking – so don’t expect to find any garlic or onions here (which Asprey feels sap performance). There is an unabashed love of good fats and vegetables, however. Asprey genuinely loves food and flavor, and the recipes reflect that.
The ultimate traditional food resource and guide. Sally Fallon (who also runs the Weston A. Price Foundation) offers recipes from every ancestral tradition around the globe, and provides clear instructions on how to make bone broth, fermented veggies, sourdough bread, properly prepared legumes, and fermented dairy foods like kefir and farmer cheese. A treasure, and arguably the single biggest influence for me as I made the transition from processed food to real food.
Bistro-Style food from a Canadian chef. Great for Paleo people who use dairy – lots of amazing dishes that include cream and cheese, but all low-carb. Many recipes call for 10 ingredients or less.
A wonderful family farm in California dedicated to sustainable, humanely-raised, pastured meat. They have a terrific website and will deliver to your door. ####