Books on Eating Healthy

Eating healthy is important but not always easy. Sometimes, I just don’t know what to eat, that’s when I turn to one or more of my ten favorite books on nutrition and healthy eating.

You Are What You Eat: The Plan That Will Change Your Life
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You Are What You Eat, The Plan That Will Change Your Life by Dr. Gillian McKeith

This is one of my all time favorites and I wrote the article You Are What You Eat by Dr. Gillian McKeith outlining the vast amount of information contained within this book. Dr. McKeith is described as “The world’s most acclaimed nutritionist” by the Daily Mail in the UK. She is well known for her ability to turn around the worst eaters and setting them on a path of a healthier and slimmer life. The book includes a food IQ test; seven-day jump start plan; information about making small changes for large results; and find out what to eat to  help with stress, lose weight, and even improve your love life.

The Really Simple, No Nonsense Nutrition Guide by Edward R. Blonz, PH.D

The book is designed to help you decide which foods are best for your health and provides the information in a simple to understand format. Most nutrition articles are not written by scientists, Dr. Blonz holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in nutrition from the University of California at Davis, where he worked on the role of insulin in the development of obesity. This book provides excellent information about what your body needs; how food works in your body; how what you eat can improve your health; the potential problems with what you eat; becoming a savvy shopper; and putting it all together.

Sugar Busters! Quick & Easy Cookbook
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Sugar Busters Quick and Easy Cookbook by H. Leighton Steward, Sam S. Andrews, M.D., Morrison C. Bethea, M.D. and Luis A. Balart, M.D.

This cookbook is designed to be user-friendly and is divided into three primary sections that consist of recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Information is provided about how sugar causes your body to store fat; how the glycemic index can help you distinguish good carbohydrates from bad; how you can give your children a quality diet; the carbohydrate-protein-fat ratio; plus portion sizes, calories and more.

HELP – Healthy Exchanges Lifetime Plan by JoAnna M. Lund

For twenty-eight years JoAnna Lund was the diet queen of DeWitt, Iowa. She tried ever diet program out there. By her forty-sixth birthday she tipped the scales at an all-time high weight of 300 pounds and stopped believing that any diet could work for her. She was right, she had to give-up on dieting and find a way to reclaim her health, but still cook hearty meals for her husband. She found a way, by exchanging the fat and cholesterol laden foods with healthy alternatives good enough to satisfy the hungry appetite of her husband. This book is written in clear and simple language with information on helping yourself to health; healthy exchanges eating – how it works; dining out, traveling and handling the holidays; plus menus and recipes.

Living Well: 365 Daily devotions for a Balanced Life (First Place)
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Living Well by Carle Lewis

From the national director of First Place, the nation’s leading Christian weight-loss program, this book is a collection of daily devotions to help you achieve balance in every area of your life. You will see that being healthy is about much more than weight loss. The book includes a daily insight for living a balanced life; ways to resist temptation, with more than just food; making wise choices; embracing God’s love for you; self-acceptance; and help for making lasting changes in your life.

Low Fat Cooking for Dummies by Lynn Fischer

The author is the founder of the National Women’s Health Awareness Forum and a former medical anchor at WTTG (Fox) in Washington. Fischer provides key information on how to trim fat from your diet. Low Fat Cooking For Dummies is packed with over 150 professionally tested recipes that are easy-to-prepare and taste great. You will find out why some packaged food is called ‘reduced fat’ and others are considered ‘lowfat.’ You’ll learn how to make lowfat meals in a flash, from easy casseroles to one-pot soups to tasty vegetable dishes. Also included is information on planning meals for any occasion; using flavorful herbs and spices to jazz up any dish; and much more.

Bob Greene's Total Body Makeover
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Bob Greene's Total Body Make Over by Bob Green

“Twelve weeks to total transformation.” This program is intended to help people attain physical health and emotional well-being through an accelerated program. It can be intense as it is meant to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time for quicker and more dramatic results. One of the keys to the accelerated program is obtaining a new, elevated, and healthier metabolism. This book outlines building a sound emotional foundation; ultimate fitness; five simple eating rules; the 12-week total body makeover plan; and making the transition to real life.

Cooking Healthy with a Man in Mind

By JoAnna M. Lund: Another one of Lund’s books to make the list. This was stresses “Wanted: Hungry men with healthy appetites!” The book is a collection of more than 200 Healthy Exchanges recipes that Lund serves to the man in her life. These meals are intended to satisfy the appetites of ‘real’ men everywhere, with hungry-man appetites. The book includes information on food exchanges and weight-loss choices; sodium, fat, cholesterol, and processed foods; best healthy exchanges tips; the ‘man-friendly’ healthy exchanges kitchen, and much, much more.

The Low-Carb Bible
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The Low-Carb Bible by Publications International, Ltd.

An all-in-one guide to successful low-card dieting, with more than 150 low-carb recipes. The book will help you “Get the lowdown on low carb,” with low-carb fundamentals; what the research says; the carbohydrate addict’s diet; and diets at a glance. Learn to personalize the low-carb plan with information on how to build your own low-carb diet; exercise – the universal fitness tool; walk off the pounds; and more. The book also provides low-carb recipes for great-start breakfasts; satisfying main dishes; sensational side dishes; super snacks and dazzling desserts. A recipe and general index are included to help you find what you’re searching for fast.

Healthy Exchanges Cookbook by JoAnna M. Lund

Her books are so good, I had to include one more. This book includes getting started – a few rules for success; food group exchanges; recipes for soups, savory salads, sweet salads, vegetables, main dishes, desserts and much more.

Lowfat Cooking For Dummies
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