Here are some of my favorite authors, books, movies, and more – regarding natural health. What keeps you informed and motivated?
BOOKS – Informational
What to Eat by Marion Nestle, RD – helps you start thinking for yourself when it comes to food. You have to ask questions, dig deep, and look past the big flashy dollar signs of the food industry! She “walks” you through the grocery store, aisle by aisle, breaking down the history of the different food groups’ recommendations, the confusing labels and certifications, and helps guide you on a path to making healthier choices when you eat.
Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman – A very practical, science-based approach to why we need more produce in our diets. Even though I had known it was an important part of our diets, this book just said it in the right way at the right time, I guess! It clicked, and I was off and running on finding ways to add more produce to my life! And that lead to many other exciting paths…
Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome by Dr. James Wilson – a look at the syndrome that is likely plaguing 80% of Americans because of the high-stress, low-health lifestyles we live
Depression Free For Life by Dr. Gabriel Cousens – not all depressions are alike, and this book breaks it down and helps point you in the right direction for figuring out if there may be a nutritional deficiency behind it.
BOOKS – Recipes
- The Rainbow Green Live Foods Cuisine by Dr. Gabriel Cousens and the Tree of Life Kitchen Staff
- Ani’s Raw Food Desserts by Ani Phyo
- Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead – how two men use just fasting to heal their bodies. Also available for free Hulu viewing here.
- Flow – Looks at the “growing privatization of the world’s dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.”
- Food, Inc. – a look inside American corporate farming and food industries
- The Future of Food – a look inside the world of Genetically Modified Organisms. What are GMOs, why are they in our food, and could it be dangerous?
- The Gerson Miracle – FREE TO WATCH ONLINE!! If you checked out Food Matters, you got a glimpse into the world of the Gerson Institute – a whole foods, more natural approach to health. They have an entire documentary about their program, which you can watch the whole thing on Hulu, here!
- King Corn – two men want to see what it takes to grown an acre of corn, and what happens after it’s harvested. They learn a lot about the politics that go on behind the scenes.
- Worlds Healthiest Foods: A lot of great information about different foods; nutrients, health benefits, and more
- Tropical Permaculture – a small site with information about gardening in the tropics
- Never Ending Food – Based in Africa, but they share sustainable ideas for living that are universal, which means that they can work anywhere in the world. The plants and animals may change, but the ideas will remain the same.
- The Happy Raw Kitchen: great presentation of food! You eat first with your eyes, and these treats look so good!
- The Vegan RD: Information on the vegan diet, and how to follow it safely
- Jeff Novick : very knowledged dietitian with science-based information and easy cooking tips
- Environmental Working Group: information of pesticides in foods, the dangers of chemicals in cosmetics, sustainable living, and so much more!
- MyPlate – Illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image—a place setting for a meal. Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate or in your cup or bowl.
- Harvard’s Healthy Plate – a little different than the MyPlate format, and in my opinion, a little better.
- Spark People: An online community, filled with articles, tips, teams, and more. You can keep track of your nutrition calories in, your exercise and calories burned, health measurements, and see how you’re progressing.