You are what you eat, as the old saying goes. Which is why people who healthy food are always healthy whilst people who eat nothing but fatty foods are always fat
The human body is a system made up of various biochemical processes and, like any system, if you put junk in, you get junk out. To get optimal performance from your body and your mind you need to ensure that you are getting all the essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that your body requires to keep the whole system running smoothly. Other foods ensure help to improve the operation of critical sub systems, such as your digestion system and your immune system.
Unfortunately, vitally important though it is, nutritional science is not something that’s usually taught at school, or at least not in the detail that it should be. Most of us aren’t taught much at home either, at least nothing more comprehensive than the occasional lecture from parents about eating our vegetables. As a result most of us have grown up knowing that Popeye gets strong from eating spinach though without necessarily knowing why.
Educating yourself about nutrition is one of the smartest things you can do. Many people find out that some of the foods they think are good for them actually aren’t that healthy after all. But after making some slight changes to their diet, find themselves feeling much more healthy and full of energy. People who have been diagnosed with certain dietary conditions such as gluten or lactose intolerance should also take steps to better educate themselves on nutrition and diet.
The problem is that, whilst food industry regulations insist that nutritional information must be placed on all packaging, it can often be quite baffling for the lay person to understand. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of books to help you make sense of it all and help ensure that, by making the correct dietary choices, you live a long, healthy and happy life.
There are misconceptions and unproven facts about what’s healthy or not that circulate in the paleo diet community and that lead people to mistakes, confusion or frustration when it comes to eating the healthiest diet possible.
The quasi-omnipresence of some of those myths and misconceptions has become so strong that some bloggers now feel bad about being associated with the paleo diet community and prefer being on the side of organizations such as the Weston A. Price foundation, who gets things right at places where some early paleo authors are wrong.
Other authors, like Paul and Shou-Ching Jaminet from the Perfect Health Diet, have decided to take the best science and facts about healthy eating and created their own spin of a diet adapted to our species, good health and longevity. more »
The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What You Should Eat and Why
Jonny Bowden Ph.D. C.N.S.
There are lots and lots of books out there telling you what you should and shouldn’t eat, but none come close to being as amazing as this title. This is simply top of the pile.
The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, as you can no doubt guess, is all about showing you a definitive list of what are the best things to eat on this planet, some surprisingly common, others which may not be so well known to a western audience. Plus there’s some interesting recipes thrown in for good measure!
What makes this book such a compelling read is the huge amount of surprises it has in store. Get used to seeing conventional wisdom shattered on a regular basis. Can’t start the day without coffee? Love a little wine when you come home? Turns out that’s not so bad for you after all. What is bad for you, however, will truly shock and amaze you.
Diabetic Meals in 30 Minutes-or Less!
Robyn Webb M.S.
The perfect book for sufferers of diabetes or anyone with a diabetic in the family.
Diabetes, as with any dietary-related illness, can be highly disruptive to the lives of sufferers though it need not necessarily be the case. With proper education and changes in diet and lifestyle one’s diabetes can become far easier to manage.
This book is designed for today’s world. As the title says it’s packed full of recipes for healthy meals you can whip up in a ½ hour or less, even after a long, hard day at work. It is therefore ideal for people on the go.
Diabetic Meals in 30 Minutes or Less was created in conjunction with, and is endorsed by, the American Diabetes Association so you can be guaranteed that the book offers the very best recipes and dietary advise.
Of course you don’t necessarily need to be diabetic to get the benefit of this book, this is a great all round cookbook in and of itself packed full of quick, easy, nutritious, healthy and, above all, delicious recipes. It’s also the ideal solution if you have a diabetic in the family but would rather not cook separate meals, with this book you can create some tasty and healthy lunches and dinners that the whole family can enjoy.
Nutrition: Concepts and Controversies
Frances Sizer & Ellie Whitney
With over a million copies sold this book has fast become essential reading for those interested in nutrition . It is also quite common for schools and colleges to include it among their course books.
Don’t think of this as a textbook, however, because it’s also a riveting read, packed full of explanatory charts and diagrams and pure scientific insight explained in simple, practical terms.
In the interests of scientific balance the book also has a “controversies” section where it tries to shed a spotlight on some of the grey areas of nutrition, those areas where the scientific community are in disagreement on the merits or hazards of particular foods. The authors therefore give equal time to the differing viewpoints and by removing bias from the equation, allow readers to make their own minds up. And, as this book is currently being updated with new editions, the information is always up to date.
Finally, in addition to the book itself, you will also be given access to various online resources including learning aids, videos, articles and advice on how you can change your diet for the better.
This book is ideal for anyone who is interested in nutrition, concerned about healthy eating or looking to loose weight. It is also the perfect reference book for health clubs, gyms, nutritionists and personal trainers.
Students will also be interested to know that Amazon offer the lowest prices on this title (with a discount of just under 50% off the RRP) and highly swift delivery.
This is a must-read for anyone interested in loosing weight, particularly those who, despite regular exercise and eating food they consider healthy, are still struggling with their weight. It concerns the one food additive pumped into more products than anything else and number one cause of obesity worldwide – sugar.
That’s right, sugar. Turns out sugar is not as sweet as previously thought. Not only that, the stuff’s literally everywhere. Think you’re being healthy having a glass orange juice for breakfast? Nope – full of added sugar. Surely that brand name breakfast cereal aimed strictly at slimmers with all the slim models in the commercials is sugar free though right? Wrong, it’s loaded with sugar too!
The basis of David Gillespie’s book is all hard scientific fact, his gift is his ability to make his case in an easy to understand and compelling fashion. The book not only goes into detail as to how bad sugar really is for our bodies and what you can do to eliminate it from your diet, by following his advice you are certain to loose weight yourself.