I’m all for self-promotion nevertheless it’s important with any resource, my blog included, you “take it with a grain of salt” (or for my purposes pink himalayan because it’s unrefined and mineral dense). I never rely on a single documentary, book, blog or podcast to explore a topic. Throughout my crusade for healthy living I have relied upon a multitude of sources. Below I’ve listed books which have motivated, shaped, and guided my path:
The Honest Life by Jessica Alba
One of my top picks. I don’t typically buy celebrity authored books but Jessica Alba knows what she is talking about and practices what she preaches (hence her launch of The Honest Co). Her book is well-rounded and discusses more than just clean eating including motherhood and eliminating toxic chemicals in the home.
Food Rules by Michael Pollan
An absolute must read for anyone looking for basics on healthy eating. There’s 64 rules and most are as simple as a few words or sentences. My husband and I were able to finish this book in less than an hour. It includes rules as simple as “Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food” and “If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.” One of my favorites: “It’s not food if it arrived through the window of your car.”
Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman & Kim Barnouin (they also authored Skinny Bastard for the man in your life)
Have you ever been on a diet, cheated, and endured the wrath of your conscience? That’s what it’s like to read Skinny Bitches. Their writing style is aggressive and equally effective at getting their point across, simplistically “stop eating crap.” I absolutely love this book. It was a catalyst for my vegan lifestyle.
Food Additives: A Shoppers Guide to What’s Safe & What’s Not! By Christine Hoza Farlow, D.C
Generally my rule is “if you don’t know what the ingredient is don’t eat it” but I am also realistic and occasionally checking an ingredient is necessary. Great for your pantry or purse. This book is literally an alphabetical list of food ingredients, descriptions, and potential health consequences.
If you’re looking for less casual reads on whole food plant-based diets I’d recommend: Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition by T. Colin Campbell, PhD; Food Inc. edited by Karl Weber; and The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan