Books & Blogroll

On Our Bookshelf

For a long time I would pick up a book and if the book didn’t align perfectly with my beliefs I would put it down and discount the information. My handsome husband Tom, on the other hand, would read the book from cover to cover and then decide what information was useful and discard the rest. I have learned over the years to be a little more like my husband. As I continue to build this site, I will add my comments/review of each book as well as categorize them as best I can. As you can see from the list, it’s going to take some time.

Books by Jim LaValle, R.Ph., CCN, MS
I was introduced to Jim LaValle when he partnered up with Life Time Weight Loss. It would be impossible for me to say how much this man has impacted my health. He was the cornerstone in rebuilding my health and educating me on adrenal fatigue and endocrine function. In my book, he knows it all!

Cracking the Metabolic Code
The Nutritional Cost of Prescription Drugs
The Cox-2 Connection: Natural Breakthrough Treatments for Arthritis, Alzheimer’s and Cancer

Books by Robert C. Atkins, MD
Dr. Atkins was the pioneer of the low-carb movement back in the 70’s. His books are easy to read and light on science. What was once a “fad” diet for weight loss, has become a lifestyle for great health, as countless research studies continue to reveal the connection between carbohydrate consumption and Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s, Cancer, Arthritis, Cataracts and the list goes on. I started eating low-carb in January 2001 after reading the the 1972 version of Dr. Atkin’s Diet Revolution.

Dr. Atkin’s New Diet Revolution
Atkins for Life

Books by Gary Taubes
And then along came Gary Taubes, science writer, who brought low-carb science into the current century with his 2002 publication in New York Times Magazine, What if it’s all been a Big Fat Lie? His most recent article,Is Sugar Toxic?, has stirred the pot quite well. His two books are an absolute must read. GCBC is a heavy book filled with A LOT of research science “stuff”. It takes a lot of time to read and digest. WWGF is an easier read and may be a good place to start if you are not a science/research reader. Be prepared to kiss your carbs goodbye.

Good Calories, Bad Calories
Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It

Other Low-Carb Diet Books
The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living
The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance
The New Atkins for a New You
Protein Power
The No-Grain Diet
Wheat Belly

Paleo/Primal Books
I have to say right up front, I have only one problem with the Paleo/Primal movement, it is based on evolution. I am a holy roller, Bible banging, Christian gal who loves the Lord. I do not believe in evolution. Not even a little bit. So, when it comes to why I eat, the way I do, I will steal the words out of Jimmy Moore’s mouth, from this blog post: it’s not about necessarily the ancestral/evolutionary aspect of low-carb eating as much as it is regarding the science that supports high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb living for my body.

The Primal Blueprint

My husband and I had the opportunity to have dinner with Mark Sisson and we both found him to be a great guy whose passion for all things Primal quite evident. His book is well-written and an easy read. I love his approach to the Primal lifestyle. The Primal Blueprint is my favorite book in this category and the one I recommend the most.

The Primal Blueprint 21 Day Total Body Transformation
The Paleo Solution
Perfect Health Diet
Primal Body, Primal Mind
The Paleo Diet for Athletes
The Paleo Diet
The New Evolution Diet
Deep Nutrition

Books by Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS

The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth

This is my #1 favorite “healthy eating” book. Whenever I am asked for a recommendation on a “diet” book, this is the one I point to. This book is filled with real food. You can’t go wrong if you eat the 150 foods listed in this book.

The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth

Before reaching in the medicine cabinet for whatever ails you, pick up this book instead.

Books by Lyle McDonald
The Ketogenic Diet
The Protein Book
Rapid Fat Loss Handbook
The Ultimate Diet 2.0
A Guide to Flexible Dieting

Books by Julia Ross, MA
The Diet Cure
The Mood Cure

Books by Jack Challem
Syndrome X
The Inflammation Syndrome

Books by Eric Braverman, MD
The Edge Effect
Younger (Sexier) You

Books by Mark Hyman, MD
The UltraSimple Diet
The UltraMind Solution

Books on Food Politics
In Defense of Food
The Omnivore’s Dilemma
Food Rules
Seeds of Deception
The Vegetarian Myth
Wheat Belly

Books on Brain Health
Change Your Brain Change Your Body
Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar & Survival

Books on Aging
Younger Next Year
The Blue Zones
The Youth Pill
Hormone Solution

Other Diet Books
The Metabolic Typing Diet
The Fat Flush Plan
Master Your Metabolism
The New ME Diet

Other Health/Nutrition Books
Super Foods Rx
What Color is Your Diet
Nutrient Timing
Nourishing Traditions
Your Hidden Food Allergies Are Making You Fat

Books on Exercise
Serious Strength Training
High-Intensity Training
Practical Programming for Strength Training
Maximum Muscle Minimum Fat
Total Heart Rate Training
The 4-Hour Body
Body by Science
Born to Run
Core Performance
Strength Training Anatomy
Hardcore Bodybuilding: A Scientific Approach
The Female Body Breakthrough
The New Rules of Lifting for Women
Body For Life
Eating For Life

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