Start off the new year with some healthy reading material! Here are my top 5 picks for health, food, and nutrition books to read in 2018.
Last year I wrote a post on books I recommended everyone read in 2017 and it was one of my most popular posts, to my surprise. So this year, I thought I’d continue the tradition to inspire you outside of the kitchen (somewhat) with five of my top recommendations and hand-picked books to read in 2018.
Fun Fact: I love to read and have been a bookworm since I was a child; fiction isn’t my thing, however. I love nonfiction books and especially love health, food, and nutrition books. Surprised? 🙂 No, but seriously, I’m the nerd that kept all her college nutrition and dietetic textbooks–yep, that’s me.
Lucky for you all, though, that means I scour the web (and Amazon, let’s be real) every single year digging up research and reading the latest in nutrition, specifically plant-based nutrition, so that I can sift through everything and bring you tid-bits of what I learn and value along the way. I simply love to find great books to share with others that I think might help them (you!) to live healthier lifestyles, or to just inspire your reading lists with new material that I see as useful and helpful (read: NOT dangerous diet books).
So I thought that this year for 2018, I’d share some of my favorite books that I’d love to read in 2018 or that I recently read. Each one of these books below has been chosen for special reasons and are ones that I hope will inspire you this year.
If you have a book you read, want to read, or one on pre-order that you think I might enjoy, feel free to leave me a comment below this post and let me know! 🙂
At the Top of My Reading List for 2018…
I recommended one of Dr. Kahn’s other books, The Whole Heart Solution, last year in my must-read list and it’s still one of the top nutrition reads that I recommend to everyone I know (and one of the recommended books on my Resources page). Dr. Kahn is known as “America’s Heart Doc” and is a powerful force in the nutrition realm. He is a true advocate for plant-based nutrition. Regarding his books, I love that Dr. Kahn offers easy-to-understand information, research, insight from his own practice through working with patients, comprehensive take-home info, and even personal benefits that he has experienced since adopting a whole foods plant-based diet.
So what does this new book offer and why am I looking forward to reading it? The Plant-Based Solution by Dr. Kahn goes beyond the heart and basic health benefits of a plant-based diet and discusses topics such as chronic conditions, such as adult diabetes, obesity, gut health, osteoporosis, autoimmune disease, and even low sex drive–all things that affect many of us or people we know. The new book also offers tips for transitioning to a vegan plant-based diet, tips for eating out, how to stock the pantry for success, cooking tips, and even a 21-Day meal plan too.
I’m so excited to see what Dr. Kahn has to say surrounding these topics. I also can’t wait to check out the new recipes the book has! I recommend adding this one to your reading list as well because I promise, Dr. Kahn doesn’t disappoint in any of his work–he’s fantastic!
Also on my reading list is the second book by one of my favorite plant-based docs, Dr. Michael Greger of NutritionFacts.org. Dr. Greger is a pioneer in the field of providing unbiased, quality research information to the public that would otherwise never be seen. His site, NutritionFacts.org, is one of the number one sites I recommend to everyone I know and his first book, How Not to Die, is still one of my favorite books and one of the books listed on my Resources page.
Dr. Greger’s first book was so popular that his fans requested a cookbook from him, so delivered! The How Not to Die cookbook is filled with over 100 plant-based, oil-free vegan recipes with zero refined sugar, and many gluten-free recipes as well. I can’t wait to see what kinds of recipes Dr. Greger created for this cookbook and know many of you will enjoy this one too!
Cooking for friends? Ella Mills’ new book is a must-have! Deliciously Ella is one of my favorite cookbooks/nutrition books of all time and the one I use most in the kitchen. It made my must-have list of books last year along with Ella’s other book, Deliciously Ella Every Day. Ella’s new book, Natural Feasts/Deliciously Ella With Friends caters towards individuals interested in serving wholesome meals to guests and in larger quantities, or to simply make a spread to share with family or friends.
All of Ella’s recipes on her blog, DeliciouslyElla.com, are filled with plant-based ingredients and whole foods for optimal nutrition. I also appreciate that her new book promises to offer recipes for those looking to make smaller or single servings and who rarely entertain (that would be me!).
One of my favorite things about Ella’s books is the pure, high-quality of the ingredients and types of foods she uses to create the recipes she does, so I know her new book is going to be a must-read even though it’s for larger crowds. Plus, it’s so pretty and would look awesome in the kitchen.
My Latest Favorite Reads and Recommendations…
Dr. McDougall is pretty much the #1 reason my gut health has improved so much over the last two years. I can’t believe it took me so long to listen to this man since his advice has been the only piece of advice that has worked for me after years of endless fails of attempting to heal my gut no matter what I ever tried.
Thanks to Dr. McDougall’s advise, I’ve been able to follow a whole food plant-based diet rich in nutrition without feeling deprived or tiring of the advice in order to get my gut health under control, with the addition of a few other things (like learning what are the right probiotics for my body and learning exactly what my trigger foods are).
Dr. McDougall’s book, Digestive Tune-Up discusses the benefits of a whole foods, low-fat (oil-free), plant-based vegan diet for digestion not only through his opinion and experience with patients but also through education and work as a successful doctor for decades now. Dr. McDougall takes readers on a step-by-step journey of the digestive tract and teaches readers exactly how it functions so they can understand what foods work best for human digestion and optimal gut health along with overall health.
Quite honestly, although I was educated on many things in my 8 years of studying health and nutrition in school, including many holistic health classes and learning dozens of nutrition theories, I never received the thorough education on the digestive tract like this book has provided me. It’s also very easy to understand and his advice is easy to implement into any lifestyle.
I highly, highly recommend all of Dr. McDougall’s books to everyone I know looking to improve their health. Whether you have food allergies, digestive issues, chronic weight problems, inflammation, deal with food addiction, or have other health issues, I think anyone can receive benefits and education behind his advice. I know it’s completely turned around the way I live and eat for the better along with a few personal modifications on my end.
Some of Dr. McDougall’s other most popular best-selling books include The Maximum Weight Loss Diet, The Healthiest Diet on the Planet, The Starch Solution, and The McDougall Program. Many of Dr. McDougall’s books and his website are also included on my Resources page for more from him.
I’m also a huge fan of Megan from Detoxinista.com and have been a fan of her blog and work for years. She’s a true workhorse when it comes to consistently sharing high-quality content catered towards pure, whole, plant-based foods. I loved her first book, Everyday Detox, that first came out years ago, and I was really excited to see that the recipes in No Excuses Detox feature more vegan recipes made with whole plant-based ingredients.
All of Megan’s recipes are not oil-free and vegan, but many are, and one of my favorite things about Megan and her work is that she teaches the benefits of food combining for optimal health and digestion, even if it’s not necessary all the time. She is also shares, teaches, and practices whole food nutrition and natural health which I just love. While I don’t follow exact food combining principles all of the time, I have in the past and do believe in the benefits of it when necessary, especially if I have gut flares or don’t feel so hot.
Megan also emphasizes how beneficial raw foods, whole food smoothies, and raw green juices are for digestion and health which are all other things I love, practice, and have believed in the benefits of for over 10 years now.
No Excuses Detox is FULL of easy to incorporate recipes, many of which are healthy “comfort food” style meals which are all free of artificial or zero-calorie sweeteners, gluten, and refined sugar. She also makes all of her recipes so easy to prepare and her passion for nutrition is infectious. I highly recommend her work if you haven’t checked out her books already. Her website, Detoxinista.com, is also simply fantastic and one of my favorite blogs.
Other Books I’m Reading in 2018…
Of course, there are some other books I’ve been eying and can’t wait to read in 2018, so I’ve listed those down below. I also can’t wait to see what some of my fellow plant-based bloggers come out with this year since I know many of them have their first cookbook out!
Also on my reading list this year…
Mercy for Animals by Nathan Runkle– The founder of the incredible organization Mercy for Animals tells his story of how the organization began and what he has learned along the way. This book is a must-read, for sure!
The Cancer Survivor’s Guide – Foods to Help You Fight Back by Dr. Neal Barnard (also one of my favorite plant-based docs and an expert on heart-health and diabetes) – Due to mom’s cancer diagnosis in 2017, I’m definitely going to read Dr. Barnard’s latest book as I’m sure it will be an awesome resource to (hopefully) share with mom.
Judgement Detox by Gabrielle Bernstein – The very description of this book has my name all over it. I can’t wait to dig into this book by Bernstein who is a pioneer and great mentor on improving self-love and women’s relationships with themselves and the world.
I also have a few more books that I’ve been eyeing and on pre-order soon, but I’m saving a few for later to share with you in some reviews after I have a chance to buy and read them. For now, enjoy these or save for later.
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Want more reading material for 2018? Check out my Resources page where I have many of my favorite books listed there. All the books I share and list are ones I have bought with my own money, read, and never received for a professional review or sponsored post. Just sayin’. 🙂
What are you reading in 2018? Have a recommendation for me? Leave it below!
See last year’s list in case you missed it!
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