Recomended Readings


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Nutrition and Health Books:


Undo It!
How Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Reverse Most Chronic Diseases
Dean and Anne Ornish
From nutrition to physical and emotional health, this book discusses what is most important. Some of the material in this book was previously covered in the book "The Spectrum" by Dr. Dean Ornish, but that information has been refereshed in a way that may make more sense to many readers. There is quite a bit of new information, and I feel the book is much easier to read and understand than it was in the previous book.
As with most books, I have both the printed and the audio version. In the audio version of this book, both Dean and Anne Ornish narrate the book, which helps to convey the message appropriately. I recommend this book for anyone who is struggling with health issues related to nutrition, physical activity, or anyone who struggles with their mind and the decisions they make related to healthy lifestyle choices.
The Blue Zones Solution
Dan Buettner
This is a wonderful and well-written book that provides a brief look at the lifestyle and culture of some of the healthiest and longest lived people in various parts of the world. The book also follows communities in the United States where lifestyles are being transformed through nutrition and moderate exercise. This is a great guide for people who want to learn how others are changing their habits to become healthier and happier.
Keep It Simple, Keep It Whole
Aolona Pulde, MD and Matthew Lederman, MD
This book explains nutrition in a very easy to follow manner. Rather than telling you that you must make drastic changes in your diet, the authors explain how little steps can go a long way. The book can help you develop a plan to move toward healthier nutrition choices with the end result being a much healthier lifestyle. If you have health issues that you want to address with your diet, whether it is weight loss, high blood pressure, cholesterol or other concerns, this is a must read book.
How Not To Die
Dr. Michael Greger MD
Dr. Greger provides the truth behind scientific research related to health and nutrition in a manner that is easy to understand. This is a big book full of information related to the healthiest and some of the most unhealthy foods, but it is organized well and easy to use as a guide when you have questions on a specific food or element of nutrition. He includes real-life experiences that speak to the reader, and I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about nutrition.
Proteinaholic
Dr. Garth Davis MD
Dr. Garth Davis is a bariatric surgeon with a great philosophy on health. He would prefer to transform people through nutrition rather than surgery, and that outlook definitely deserves respect. I recommend this book to every client and anyone who has ever gone on a diet to lose weight or to control hypertension, blood sugar, or cholesterol.
Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition
T. Colin Campbell, PhD
If you have heard the term "Reductionist" as it relates to medicine, but you don't fully understand the concept, this is the book to read. Along with his son, T. Colin Campbell is the author of the "The China Study", one of the most comprehensive studies on nutrition ever conducted. Campbell uncovers the truth behind pharmaceutical research and explains how research can be manipulated to produce desired results. The book also focuses on nutrition, explaining what you should and shouldn't eat, and the scientific reasoning behind those decisions.
The Spectrum
A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better, Live Longer, Lose Weight, and Gain Health
Dean Ornish M.D.
This book provides the insight to the benefits of proper nutrition, physical activity, and emotional health for all humans. If you are currently healthy, Dr. Ornish provides advice on maintaining your health. If you have chronic disease and want to improve your health, you may need to move further along the spectrum of choices, but you do have the ability to improve your health.
We all have choices in life. In this book, Dr. Ornish provides important information on the consequences of those choices. It is up to every human to make the decisions that are best for achieving their personal goals, and this book can guide you to make the best decisions.
Although some of my friends and clients have found this book a challenge to read, I consider it a valuable book when transitioning from the Standard American Diet to a healthier diet and lifestyle. As I mentioned above, the more recent book titled "UnDo It" from Dr. Dean Ornish and Anne Ornish is a great book, and my clients find it much easier to stay involved while reading.
Becoming Vegan: The Complete Reference to Plant-Based Nutrition (Comprehensive Edition)
Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina
In terms of nutrition and health, this book provides an immense amount of information with the references and data to back up the claims. If you are considering a lifestyle change for health, begin reading at chapter 3, if you want to learn how a lifestyle change can help protect future generations and the planet, start at the beginning of the book.
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease
Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D.
Caldwell Esselstyn is a pioneer in the research of nutrition and heart disease. This is a must read for everyone that lives the typical American lifestyle and eats the typical American diet.

Motivation and Guidance Books:


How To Be Here
Rob Bell
I have both the printed version and audio version of this book. I listen to it while I am running, walking, or working out. It is very inspirational and helps to keep you motivated and stay on track with your goals.
This is not a book on nutrition or lifestyle, it is a book on life in general. Why are you here? What do you want from life? This book will help you formulate answers to key questions in your life and give you direction.
I enjoy audio books where the author is the one who narrates the book, and Rob Bell does a wonderful job with the narration. His message is clear, and anyone can benefit from his teachings.
The Compound Effect
Darren Hardy
Darren Hardy is the publisher of Success Magazine, and he has wonderful insight on how you can transform your life to achieve any goal you desire. Whether you want to make health and lifestyle changes or improve your success at work, this book will get you motivated to start today.
Take the Stairs
Rory Vaden
Although this may sound like an exercise and physiology book, it is actually a book that helps you change the way you attack life. Providing motivation through common sense decisions, this book helps you focus your efforts to succeed in whatever aspirations you may have. One of my favorite analogies in the book is how the wild bison in Colorado deal with the heavy and blinding snow storms they face. If you want to learn how to get through the blizzards that life can bring, you should read this book.
The Power of Now
Eckhart Tolle
Although I feel this is may be difficult for some to read, it is worth the effort. If you feel change is difficult, this book can help you get a grasp on your life and how you can positively affect change. The audio book version can be somewhat meditative in my opinion, but you can listen to it while relaxing or working and pick up hints for transforming your life.


On-Line articles and websites:


Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D.

Nutrition Facts - Dr. Michael Greger M.D.

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine - Dr. Neal Barnard M.D.

Dean Ornish, MD

Center for Nutrition Studies - T. Colin Campbell

John A. McDougall, MD