Though I don’t want to focus too much on the issue of weight when it comes to beauty, it has to be addressed. I’ve had many of you ask for other good book recommendations when it comes to understanding food and weight-loss in relation to health. Because the fact still remains: Only when you’re comfortable in your own skin can you be your most beautiful self. So I’ve decided to give you a recommended reading list of a few more nutrition-related books. Read these in addition to the previously mentioned books Eat to Live and The China Study.
1. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan
This book gives a clear picture of how disturbing the Western diet really is and the effect it’s having on the health of our society.
This book explains how the food industry since the 1980s has set everyone up for a lifetime of food obsession with the ever-present availability of foods laden with salt, fat and sugar.
3. What to Eat by Marion Nestle
This will take you aisle by aisle through the supermarket to show you what the food industry is up to and how they are manipulating everyone through marketing.
4. Eat for Health: Lose Weight, Keep It Off, Look Younger, Live Longer (2 book set) by Dr. Joel Fuhrman and Disease-Proof Your Child: Feeding Kids Right by Dr. Joel Fuhrman
Dr. Joel Fuhrman is still my favorite guru when it comes to breaking down what your diet should consist of. He will let you know the benefits of feeding your body the nutrients it needs in an easy-to-understand way.
And since I have two kids, I think this book by Fuhrman is a must-read for parents as well.
5. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser
This is an oldie but a goodie. But only read it if you’re prepared to cringe every time you drive past a fast food restaurant from on.
Finally, if you really want to understand nutrition, I highly recommend watching this video lecture entitled Sugar: The Bitter Truth by UCSF Professor Robert H. Lustig, MD. I know it’s an hour and a half long, but I promise you it will be time well spent.