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- NUTRITION INFO & HOW-TO'S -

Food Rules

By Michael Pollan

Written with clarity and wit, this handbook lays out a set of straightforward rules for eating wisely, each accompanied by a concise explanation. It’s an easy-to-use guide that draws from a variety of traditions, suggesting how different cultures through the ages have arrived at the same enduring wisdom about food.


 

The Real Food Grocery Guide

By Maria Marlowe

This beautifully designed book helps you navigate every aisle of the grocery store by clearly outlining what foods are the healthiest and the most economical -- and which ones belong in the garbage, not the grocery cart! "If you're trying to figure out how to lead a healthier lifestyle, this book is a must-have," says one reviewer -- and I agree! It's the best guide of its type I've seen.

(I might quibble on a few nutritional points, but still recommend the book without reservations.)


Wired to Eat

By Robb Wolf

The author, a former research biochemist, starts with this premise: we are genetically wired to eat more. Here, he offers a plan to rewire your appetite for weight loss and help you finally determine the optimal foods for your diet and metabolism.

Also includes recipes, meal plans, and shopping lists.


Small Steps to Big Change

By Jana Snyder

I’ve collected some of my easiest and most successful diet hacks — ones that have worked for me — and packed them all into one pdf, explaining 10 simple changes you can make to reduce sugar and flour in your diet, one small step at a time.

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- COOKBOOKS -

Well Fed Weeknights

By Mel Joulwan

I love how this book lays out a plan that makes homecooked meals doable—all of them free of grains, dairy, and soy. Includes a mix of meat-and-potatoes recipes, plus more exotic fare inspired by cuisines from around the world. On your table in 45 minutes or less!


 

Guilt-Free Treats

By Jana Snyder

With clear, friendly explanations, I walk you through each step of 16 sugar-free, grain-free, guilt-free desserts. Some of them are also dairy-free and/or egg-free. I explain how to make substitutions if you’re going Paleo or have other dietary restrictions.

Learn more and buy here for $3.99.

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Dressings, Dips, and Spreads

By Jana Snyder

Making your own dressing is any easy way to eliminate sugar and add healthy fats to your diet. Plus, they taste so much better than homemade! Here, I've collected for you all the dressing recipes I use again and again. They’re my most basic, most versatile recipes: many of them can also serve as dips or spreads.

Learn more and buy for $2.99 -- OR get it for free when you subscribe here.

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- SPECIFIC DIETS AND PLANS -

Wired to Eat

By Robb Wolf

The author, a former research biochemist, starts with this premise: we are genetically wired to eat more. Here, he offers a plan to rewire your appetite for weight loss, and to help you finally determine the optimal foods for your diet and metabolism.

Also includes recipes, meal plans, and shopping lists.


 

The Sugar Addict's Total Recovery Program

By Kathleen DeMaisons

If you think you might be addicted to sugar (and especially if your family has a history of addiction of any kind), this may be your best place to start. Several gentle steps ease you into giving up sugar.


 

21-Day Sugar Detox

By Diane Sanfilippio

While I dislike the word "detox," and generally recommend a slow approach, this is a helpful book if you want to kick your dependence on sugar and white flour in a short time frame. Includes a detailed 21-day plan.


 

It Starts With Food

By Dallas and Melissa Hartwig

This is the book that started the "Whole30" movement -- for good or bad.

Pros: If you suffer from constant cravings, lack of energy, achy joints, daily headaches, skin problems, year-round stuffy sinuses, or an auto-immune disease, certain foods might be a factor. This book gives the why and how of conducting your own experiment to determine whether certain foods might be at fault. It's a 30-day elimination diet to find which foods don't work for you. Which can be a helpful tool, but...

Caution: Some people have made this plan into a near-religion. If you have problems with being too obsessive about food rules or beating yourself up for every infraction, this might not be a good choice for you.


 

Food Freedom Forever

By Melissa Hartwig

This book is a follow up to It Starts With Food. I appreciate that, in this round, the author offers alternative, more scientific elimination groups beyond the original "Whole30." She also encourages you to find your way to eating healthy while still enjoying the occasional, thought-through indulgence.

The chapter on dealing with resistance -- or how to handle your critics -- is a helpful resource for anyone making conscious food choices that go against the norm.


 

Small Steps to Big Change

by Jana Snyder

I’ve collected some of my easiest and most successful diet hacks — ones that have worked for me — and packed them all into one pdf, explaining 10 simple changes you can make to cut sugar and flour out of your diet!

FREE when you subscribe to my monthly newsletter.

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- CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVES ON EMOTIONAL EATING -

Freedom from Emotional Eating

By Barb Raveling 

The author has walked this road herself, and helps you find food freedom using Bible verses and practical renewing-of-the-mind tools. Extremely practical.

When Food is Your Best Friend (and Worst Enemy)

By Jan Johnson

Another author who has struggled deeply with food: she shares her experience and the things she learned going through a 12-step program for food addiction.

- THE MIND MATTERS, TOO -

Sleep Soundly Every Night, Feel Fantastic Every Day

By Robert S. Rosenberg

What does sleep have to do with food? Lack of quality sleep will increase the hormones that make you hungry; it will wear thin your bandwidth for emotional stress, encouraging you to turn to food rather than deal with things head-on; and it keeps you in a state of impaired ability to make good decisions - which leads to bad food decisions! Not to mention that it shortens your life.
For all these reasons and more, you should do everything you can to ensure you're getting 7-8 restful hours of sleep per night. This book explores many possible causes and solutions.


 

The Writing Diet

By by Julia Cameron

This isn't a diet. The author frequently presents workshops helping creatives write their way to unlocking their creativity. A surprise side-effect she noticed: participants also often lost weight. In this book, she directs readers to examine their relationship with food through writing, learning to treat food cravings as invitations to evaluate what they are really craving.

(As I often preach: when you feed your heart and soul what they need, food cravings often die down on their own.)


 

a few informative films I recommend, HERE.

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