Seven Life Changing Books
My clients know that I am part-coach, part-scientist, part-spiritualist, and all-nerd.
I love nutrition, but I also love the factors that shape behavior, habit, and ritual. When I work with clients, it’s not only to help them lose weight – it’s to help them build a healthier long-term relationship with food and exercise that benefits not only their bodies, but also their minds and spirits.
My perspective has been shaped over the years by several important books, and in case you’re looking to reinvent your food philosophy this fall, I want to provide some titles for you to explore!
These are my top picks that have influenced me over the years, complete with Amazon links (just click on the title):
enlightened scientific approach to healthy eating
This book is overtly (and pretty much exclusively) focused on food and nutrition. If you want concrete and specific takeaways, like recipes and ideas for better cooking, this book is a must. He has a plant-based, micronutrient-rich approach to eating.
spiritual, heart-centered exploration of inner world
If you struggle with compulsive overeating, this book (as well as her extensive catalogue of other books) could help you address the inner aspects of self-acceptance and weight loss. While not about nutrition, this book is simply about your relationship with yourself and with food.
fascinating, helpful digest on motivation and personality
This is not a book about food, per se, but it is a book about habit change. In a climate in which people are always looking for the next best superfood or silver bullet, this book is a refreshing reminder that real change starts with you, not with a magic fix.
hard-hitting sociological examination of American food policy
This book is dense and serious, but is worth the read. It is a detailed and extremely compelling look at what has shaped food culture in the United States over time, and it gave me a new understanding of how we view food through a sociocultural lens. You can’t un-read it, and you’ll never see food recommendations the same way again.
journalistic, passionate, joyous manifesto on eating well
All of Michael Pollan’s books (as well as his new Netflix series, “Cooked”) are marked by an infectious optimism and zest. He loves food, and avoids nutritional didactics in favor of celebrating the beauty and value of eating simply and enjoying your food.
research-driven, almost-unsettling book on obesity and the brain
If you want to buckle up for a scientific read replete with randomized double-blind studies, this book is for you. It’s another one of those books that you can’t un-read, and it gave me a fresh and balanced perspective on overeating, body chemistry, psychology, and weight loss.
fascinating focus on our autopilot behaviors
Again, not exactly a book on food, but certainly a worthwhile exploration of how and why we do what we do. This book, perhaps more than any other, gave me an appreciation for how important it is to change environment instead of trying to change yourself.