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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Books by Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS
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.
Before reaching in the medicine cabinet for whatever ails you, pick up this book instead.
Books on Exercise
Serious Strength Training
Practical Programming for Strength Training
Maximum Muscle Minimum Fat
Total Heart Rate Training
The 4-Hour Body
Body by Science
Born to Run
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
Blogroll & Websites
What follows is a list of blogs and websites I frequent the most. If you are a Healthy Living How To reader and have your own blog, feel free to drop me a note. I would be more than happy to send some site traffic your way!
Life Time Weight Loss
Enjoying Everyday Life
Mark’s Daily Apple
Low Carb Friends
Linda’s Low Carb & Menu Recipes
Jim LaValle, R.Ph., CCN, MS
Jonny Bowden Blog
Gary Taubes Blog
Buttoni’s Low Carb Recipes
Splendid Low Carbing with Jennifer Eloff
Dr. Briffa Blog
Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb
Maria’s Nutritious and Delicious Journal
Dr. Amen Blog
The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.
The Weston A. Price Foundation
Healthy Eating Politics
Kelly the Kitchen Kop
The Blog of Bruce Bradley
Dr. Mark Hyman
The Heart Scan Blog
Survival of the Fittest
Being Healthy is a Revolutionary Act
Nutrition and Metabolism Society
Robb Wolf The Paleo Solution
Environmental Working Group
Nutritional Balancing Science
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