Back in 2010, I was trying to get my health in control. I was Yo-Yo-ing through life; always on a diet, Atkins, Southbeach, Blood Type ect. and battled with an unhealthy relationship to food that basically ran my life since I was a teenager. When I made the choice to get serious about my health I started by watching Food Inc. on Netflix. Eventually, that led me to the book store to research more about what I learned from the film.
I have always had a softspot for good books and think that the books a person chooses to visiably display at their home can say a lot about them. Someone once told me that you should never trust anyone who doesn’t have books.
The books on this list really helped shape the way I approach my health now and gave be a solid backbone of knowledge to call upon when food was the topic of discussion. I remember when I first transitioned to a vegan diet I was met with a lot of adversity from my meat eating friends and having some information to support my decision was very helpful. I think it is important to do research before altering your diet and if necessary consult a doctor, but don’t be afraid try out different things to see what works for you. Ultimately, the true test of health is how you feel day to day and eating prodomintely plants makes me feel really great.
1. The China Study
This might be the most amazing book I have ever read that completely changed the way I thought about meat and dairy. It is a MUST read if you are considering eliminating meat and diary from your diet. It is interesting, engaging and fairly easy to read and understand!
2. Skinny Bitch
Just as the title suggests, it lays out how easy it is to be a skinny bitch. This book is HILARIOUS and so easy to understand. It was the first book I read on nutrition that wasn’t a diet book and I reccomend it to anyone who is considering a lifestyle filled with more plants and less animals!
3. Food Rules
Want a straightforward no nonsese guide to healthy eating? This is it. Micheal Pollan is one of my heros who is a game changer in the food industry. He has shed light on just how far we have come from really farm fresh food to food like products. All of his books are amazing but if you are just starting out on your health journey this is a great place to start.
4. Fast Food Nation
WHO LOVES FAST FOOD? This book will alter the way you view cheap fast food. Cheap in the long run is expensive and in ways you might now have considered. I know that after reading it I was not so eager to go to the drive thru, no matter how drunk I was and I used to be drunk a lot (just sayin, I was yound and…,).
I mentioned on my instagram that before I transitioned to a plantbased lifestyle my normal way of being was constantly in some form of discomfort. I regularly had headaches, stomach aches, disgestion problems, and low energy. I didn’t necessarily transition to eating more plants because I was trying to rid myself of those discomforts because they were “normal” to me. I assumed that feeling shitty was a part of life and I had advil for that. I transitioned for many reason but ultimately it was largely inpart because of gaining a wealth of knowledge from the books listed above. If you are thinking about transition to a plant based lifestyle and have any questions, please feel free to ask. I will answer them honestly and based on my own experience as I am not a doctor or nutritionist but someone who has been there before.
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