For those of you looking to give books to help your loved ones eat and live healthier, there is shortly no shortage on the market. Here are a few of my favs, in no particular order:
The Flexitarian Diet: The Mostly Vegetarian Way to Lose Weight, Be Healthier, Prevent Disease, and Add Years to Your Lifeby Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD. For someone who lives, or wants to live a mostly vegetarian lifestyle, but with flexibilitly–this is the book to help them do so in the healthiest way
101 Foods That Could Save Your Life by David Grotto, RD. Simply put, this is an encyclopedia of incredibly healthy foods. You’ll learn the history of each food, the benefits it provides, how to use it and and get a yummy recipe.
Read It Before You Eat It: How to Decode Food Labels and Make the Healthiest Choice Every Timeby Bonnie Taub-Dix, RD. This book is great for everyone who is trying to eat healthy but isn’t quite sure what to make of all the mumbo jumbo found all over food’s labels. It takes you through the grocery store and helps make sense of what the labels say so you can know exactly what you’re putting in your grocery cart.
The Secret to Skinny: How Salt Makes You Fat, and the 4-Week Plan to Drop a Size and Get Healthier with Simple Low-Sodium Swaps by the Nutrition Twins, Lyssie Lakatos, RD, and Tammy Lakatos Shames, RD. If you’ve tried everything to lose weight and the scale isn’t budging, salt may be your saboteur. The Nutrition Twins help weight loss by cutting salt without sacrificing delicious food to do so.
This one’s a twofer No Whine with Dinner and The Moms’ Guide to Meal Makeovers: Improving the Way Your Family Eats, One Meal at a Time! by Janice Bissex, RD and Liz Weiss, RD. The authors of one of my favorite cookbooks (The Mom’s Guide) have just come out with a follow up book. These books are loaded with nutritious AND delicious kid-friendly foods that the whole family will love. No cooking seperate meals for everyone in the family again!
Go Green Get Lean: Trim Your Waistline with the Ultimate Low-Carbon Footprint Diet by Kate Geagan, RD. For anyone wanting the improve both their health and that of our globe. I think the title says it all here.
Living Skinny in Fat Genes: The Healthy Way to Lose Weight and Feel Great by Felica Stoler, RD. No more blaming your genes. This book is about living and eating healthy for life. No more quick fixes that result in yo-yo dieting and no more fad diets.
Now this one isn’t a book, but it’s too good to leave out. A new friend of mine, Robin Plotkin, RD, wrote a great blog with lots of ideas for foodie kids and parents. http://dmn.beloblog.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-t.cgi/295371
And, last but not least, I can’t leave out a personal favorite in the nutrition book category–My latest book! When to Eat What offers solutions to issues that arise in many people’s lives. Sure, we could all eat perfect in a perfect world, but life isn’t perfect–the alarm clock doesn’t go off, the boss calls a last minute meeting and the vending machine is the only place to get food, you’re a night owl and often hungry at midnight. This book helps you still eat nutritiously (and deliciously of course with many yummy recipes) in these situations and many many more.
I hope some of you have found a book or two here that can help you or someone on your list. As for me, part of living healthy and raising a healthy family is enjoying that family. With two little ones, that means taking a break from work, as much as possible, over the next couple of weeks. Happy Holidays to all! And, I’ll be back in the New Year to help you keep all of those healthy promises you’ll be making yourself.