Book Reviews

Informational Books:

1. Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss: One of my favorite health books is called “Eat to Live” by Dr. Joel Fuhrman – this is one of the most in-depth books that I have read about eating a whole foods diet. He goes into a lot of detail about WHY & HOW foods affect the body, which was a big motivating factor to help me decide to change our eating habits. I have personally learned that I do a lot better with my eating when I understand why I am supposed to be eating whole foods. I highly suggest this book if you are looking for a good resource to help you learn more about following a plant based eating plan.

2. Original Fast Foods: Another book that I love is called “Original Fast Foods” by James & Colleen Simmons. This book also offers some great information about eating a whole foods diet– but my favorite part is the fact that they provide LOTS of recipes and meal plans. “Original Fast Foods” is a great resource if you are having a hard time deciding what foods to serve to your family and you need help learning how to prepare whole foods.

3. The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health: “The China Study” is a fascinating read detailing an in-depth research study that was done on the effects of animal protein and health. There are many correlations that were made between animal proteins and diseases such as cancer, heart disease, etc. Be prepared to spend some time reading through scientific information and looking over the charts and graphs in the book– and your eyes will definitely be opened to the health implications of eating a diet full of meat and dairy.

Recipes and Cookbooks:

There are many great recipe books out there, look for recipes that focus on fruits, vegetables and whole grains. I like to use vegetarian cookbooks, or I make healthy substitutions to regular recipes that I find online. I also have quite a few raw foods “cookbooks” with some yummy recipes, the nice thing about using raw ingredients is that the essential enzymes and nutrients are kept in their natural state (cooking live foods depletes some of the nutrients). Here are some of my favorite recipe books:

1. The Cleanse Cookbook: “The Cleanse Cookbook” by Christine Dreher is an older publication, but don’t let that hold you back from trying the recipes. This book uses only unprocessed foods and most recipes have a short ingredient list so they are easy to make. “The Cleanse Cookbook” combines the best of both worlds– there are some raw recipes, but she also includes many cooked recipes for those people who do not want to focus on a raw foods lifestyle. This recipe book is actually out of print, so if you want a copy you will need to find it on a website that sells used books such as Amazon.com or Ebay.com.

2. Living on Live Food: “Living on Live Food” by Alissa Cohen – In my opinion this is one of the best raw foods “cookbooks” out there. Her strawberry crepe recipe is AMAZING, and I also love the cheesecake recipe.

3. Raw Food/Real World: 100 Recipes to Get the Glow: “Raw Food, Real Word” by Matthew Kenney and Sarma Melngailis. This book provides some beautiful raw food creations that are fit for a 5-star restaurant. The only drawback is that some of the recipes are a little more complicated, so you will need to plan an adequate amount on time in the kitchen– but don’t worry, because after making the recipes a few times you will be able to create them more quickly. I like to use these recipes when I am planning a nicer meal or need a fancy treat.

4. Raw Foods for Busy People: Simple and Machine Free Recipes for Every Day: “Raw Food For Busy People” by Jordan Maerin is a good resource for yummy raw recipes that are easy and fast to prepare. It is short and sweet with some classic recipes that you will love.

5. The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals: “The Sneaky Chef” by Missy Chase Lapine is a good resource for moms who are trying to transition their children to eat more vegetables. There are a few things about this book that I really like, and a few things that I don’t like quite as much. For example, I love the fact that the recipes include vegetables in just about every dish. But, the drawback is that many times these vegetables are hidden– so the children don’t realize they are eating them. Hidden vegetables are fine, but I believe that it is very important to teach children about health and help them to make good decisions. So, it is ok to hide vegetables in meals, but make sure that you are serving vegetable dishes as well so that your kids know they are eating veggies every day.

I think that the best quality this book has is that it helps to change your thinking– allowing you to experiment with whole foods in recipes. In my opinion, “The Sneaky Chef” offers some great recipes to assist with your transition to a whole foods eating plan, but you need to be careful with this cookbook because some of the recipes include ingredients such as refined sugars and meat. Use these recipes in the transition process, and then eventually you can take your whole foods eating to the next level by cutting out refined sugars, white flour, etc.

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