These are some of my favorite books. They have guided me…..I love them and highly recommend them!!
My favorite line from the book still remains: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants”. Pollan observes the large gaps of information in the field of nutrition. He also uses simple language and clear arguments to make his case. A great read!!
I remember listening to Dr. Furhman on public TV in 2011. He talked about GBOMBS – Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushroom, Berries and Seeds. He was very inspiring. I bought his books and worked on his diet for the next 6 months. And it was effective, I was full of energy all the time. Until then, I knew I wanted to eat healthy, but went about it randomly. After reading his book, I understood the “why” and started approaching healthy eating in a systematic way since.
Dr. Thompson starts off his book with a startling personal observation. As a very fit doctor, careful with his diet (or so he thought at that time), he once checked his blood sugar randomly and found it to be 420. He then breaks down into why normally so called healthy foods – eg whole grain flours etc., can actually be really bad for a diabetic. Excellent book, essential for every diabetic who can never understand why their sugars are never getting under control.
If I ever had to pick 1 book to pretend “save” from my house, it would be this one. This is like my go to bible for any technical information on food. How much fiber does barley have? What are the different milk products? What are the different varieties of wheat? All your food nerd science questions answered. Wonderful resource!!
If I ever write a book, I hope I can write something remotely similar to Samin. She is funny, so smart and such a great teacher. Any cook who has transitioned from being so-so in the kitchen to a natural, will subconciously adhere to the rules listed by Samin. She’s the best!!
Nutrition science still has a long way to go in understanding the human body as a whole. But, instead of waiting for science to catch up to teach you how to live to a 100, you can listen to people who are actually living long, healthy lives. Dan has documented the lives of the longest living people in areas of the earth called the “blue zones”. The math never lies.
Just like it took me a while to understand what’s best for my body, it took me a while to understand my brain too. This book is my favorite in the brain research topic. My favorite David Rock’s example – the most practical one I use to this day – If you are stuck in traffic – refuse to think about how terrible of a time waste it is, instead change the perspective to how much time you now have – to make a phone call to your mom, or relax those neck muscles by stretching, etc…Change your perspective, change your thinking!!
How can you not love a fellow science nerd? Dr. Greger backs up every single recommendation with studies and statistics. He has come up with the daily dozen – 12 things you should eat/do every day. A very wise man!!
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