I grew up around food… my mom is a great cook and owns her own catering business. I also was diagnosed with PCOS when I was a teenager, which resulted in me having a bad relationship with food; I was scared of it and blamed it for me being fat/insecure. In college, I decided to major in something called Family and Consumer Sciences Education, which is the modern name for Home Ec. I had to take many cooking classes, as well as nutrition classes. I was one of those weird people who chose to go to college for 5 years because I wanted to take alllll the classes, in particular all the ones dealing with food! The more I learned about the power of healthy food, the more I fell in love with it. After graduating college, I taught Food and Nutrition classes on both a high school and junior high level. Once I had babies though, I quit teaching to stay at home with my baby… and man! I really missed learning and teaching! I’m totally one of those people who would go to school forever and ever if I could! #nerdalert
SO now as a mom of 3 kiddos, instead of doing formal education, I do lots of informal education and read lots of books. Food is such a huge part of who I am so I tend to read quite a few of books on that topic. Here are a few of my favorite relating to food and nutrition. There are tons and tons and tons out there, these are just the ones I happen to own and that I think would benefit anyone!
(In order of the picture, not by favorite)
- SuperFoods HealthStyle- Proven Strategies for Lifelong Health.
This is one of the first books I read, years ago. I still refer to it sometimes. They break it down by seasons and highlight not only the superfoods that are in season during winter, spring, summer and fall, but they also highlight things that make a healthy lifestyle, like exercises that are great for each season. There’s a lot of info in there. Good book, but maybe a tad outdated.
- SuperFoods the Healthiest Foods on the Planet- Eat Better, Look Younger, Feel Healthier, Live Longer
This book is basically like a text book for food. It highlights 200 of the healthiest foods with a picture, what’s in it, why it’s healthy and some tips to adding it to your diet. It is a great reference, but not necessarily a book you’d just sit down and read cover to cover in a day. This book is what intrigued me to start adding superfoods into my diet, which led me to discovering my beloved Shakeology!
- What to Eat
I learned SO much from this book! She covers things like Organics: Hype or Hope, Genetically Modified, Irradiated and Politicized produce, Milk: Subject to Debate, Yogurt: Health Food or Dessert, The Fish Farming Dilemma, Cereals: Sweet and Supposedly Healthy and on and on and on. It is over 550 pages of awesome info about just about every subject related to food so have your highlighter ready!
- Eat Your Way To Happiness- 10 diet secrets to improve your mood, curb your cravings, keep the pounds off
In this book, the author combines common sense with the latest research and decades of her personal experience. She focuses on making food, losing weight and maintaining weight something that is enjoyable, rather than torture and shows how food affects your mood. The chapters are 11 Secrets that she expounds on and cover things like “Secret 1: Eat Real 75% of the time, Secret 2: Follow the 1-2-3 Rule” The small text makes it a little hard to read, but Lots of great info!
- The End of Overeating-Taking control of the insatiable American appetite
This book is about overcoming over-eating, just as the name implies! It digs really deep into WHY we overeat and many different ways to overcome it. I don’t personally have a problem with overeating, but for someone who does, this would be an amazing book to read!
- The Body Fat Solution
I really liked this book, even though it is deep! It takes more of a scientific approach and dives deep into things, but it is easy to read and has practical action strategies that you can apply in your daily life. Topics are things like “Body Fat Myths and Why we Believe Them”, “Freedom From Emotional Eating” “The Macronutrients”, and “The Diet-Versus-Exercise Debate Explained”. It also focuses a lot on exercise and not just food. Great read!
- PUSH- 30 days to Turbocharged habits, a bangin’body, and the life you deserve!
I LOVE this book and have read it 3 times! It isn’t actually just about food, it is more about goal-setting, but she includes quite a bit on food/exercise so I included it in this list. I love the way the author, Chalene Johnson, writes. It is entertaining and very easy to read. The chapters are short and she includes action steps to take at the end of each chapter, which makes it very easy to apply. I highly recommend this book to anyone!
- In Defense of Food- An Eater’s Manifesto
His whole motto of this book is “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” It three main topics are “The Age of Nutritionism”, “The Western Diet and the Diseases of Civilization” and “Getting Over Nutritionism”. This book is talked about very highly, but I’m not going to lie, I did not finish this whole book. I found it a bit hard to read, BUT it did have great info in it and I will eventually go back and read it 🙂
- Mindless Eating- Why we eat more than we think
I haven’t read this book, but it is on my list! It claims to change the way you think out food and is aimed at increasing our awareness of how much, what, and why we’re eating. Oprah said it “might very well change your life” so I’m including it on my list even though I have’t read it yet 😉
- Carrots ‘N’ Cake- Healthy living one carrot and one cupcake at a time
This book was written by a food blogger and was also one of the first ones I read years ago. It’s written in first-person, which makes it much different than all the other books listed here. She includes some good tips and recipes and it’s definitely more about her experiences rather than facts.
Also next up on my list is the book SuperLife: The 5 Forces That Will Make You Healthy, Fit, and Eternally Awesome, which I have heard amazing things about.
I hope this helps! I truly believe that knowledge is power. The more knowledge we have about health, the more we can take control of our health!