Making a change to live a healthy lifestyle can feel big and daunting when most of us are:
- Consuming a Standard American Diet (SAD)
- Eating processed food on a regular basis
- Feeling trapped in a hectic, uber-connected, technology driven world
- Feeling confused about what comprises a healthy diet
- Lacking the time and knowledge to cook healthy food
Moving to a healthier lifestyle might feel like a big change, but the endeavor doesn't have to be scary or a solitary pursuit. It's often easiest to pick one area of life to change first. Focusing on improving your nutrition will pay off quickly! Educating yourself is the first step. These are some of my favorite nutrition and whole food recipe resources. I frequently recommend them to my clients, and I use them myself!
Books for Healthy Eating and Cooking
Eat Fat to Lose Fat by Mary Enig and Sally Fallon - This book outlines the vital importance of
eating adequate amounts of healthy fat. Don’t be fooled by the catchy title, this book provides
solid details on the health benefits (including weight loss!) of eating healthy fats.
It Starts with Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig – This book provides science-based reasons for why you should, “Let food be your medicine.” It is packed with helpful information and provides a roadmap for healthier eating and living.
Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon - The beginning of this book provides great information on the benefits of eating a nutrient-dense whole foods diet. The remainder of the book is filled with recipes for traditional, properly prepared foods
Practical Paleo Cookbook by Diane Sanfilippo - This beautiful cookbook provides an overview of how the body should function. It also contains 10-day meal plans for a variety of health issues. Follow the“Squeaky Clean Paleo” plan to get started. The book also contains basic food preparation skills (e.g., how to dice an onion). She recently released a second edition of this book. Snag that one if you can!
Chris Kresser: http://chriskresser.com
Chris Kresser is a licensed acupuncturist and integrative health care provider. The articles and resources on his site offer a plethora of empirically-supported health prevention and treatment information. He has also started a training program to teach other physicians his integrative approach to helping patients.
Weston A. Price Foundation: http://www.westonaprice.org
This nonprofit foundation is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the diets through
education, research, and activism. The “Health Topics” and “Videos” tabs on the website contain information on a variety of health conditions, research, and food preparations.
The Whole30: http://whole30.com/pdf-downloads
The Whole30 is a great resource for healthy food choices. The premise of the website and the
associated program and books is that if you eat clean, nutrient-dense foods for 30 days (a
Whole30), your body will undergo amazing changes and become much healthier. Resources include a shopping guide, a meal template planner, and much more.
World’s Healthiest Foods: http://www.whfoods.com
This nonprofit organization provides an encyclopedic review of the nutrients in various foods. In addition, this website contains simple recipes for great-tasting healthy food organized by category.
For a pdf version of these resources, click here.