I have learned so much from reading nutrition books and this has really changed my views on nutrition and self-care. I think its so important to keep learning and bettering ourselves. There is so much misinformation out there about nutrition, that if you do not learn some of the basics for yourself, how are you meant to make informed choices?
I think the food industry at the moment is like the tobacco industry in the sixties. Everyone smoked without questioning what impact this had on their health and just trusted the marketing that it wasn’t bad for you. It’s so sad that the food industry have the power to hide things and trick people into eating processed foods without clearly and honestly labelling their goods.
I know I was fooled for years. When I first read the research showing how dairy and meat can have terrible effects on peoples health, I though that was completely ridiculous. When I first discovered that the ‘healthy’ cereal bar I used to snack on had the same amount of sugar as their was in a mars bar, I was so angry!
I’m not hear to preach or pretend I know it all about food or try sway anyone on their decision making process, but I do think that people should be really well informed so they can make the decisions for themselves.
Below are some books and documentaries that have helped me come to my own conclusions. Hope they add some value for you too!
Despite the crude name, this book is so informative and not about diets/ being skinny AT ALL! They use this name as a very clever marketing tool to get the book in the hands of fad dieters and then that’s when they teach you that fad diets don’t work. If you eat nutritious foods, you never need to diet.
Kimberly Snyder is an amazing author. She has a great approach to teaching and it is all laid out very simply and clearly. While she is quite extreme (she is completely vegan/ sugar free etc), I found it very helpful to know the reasons behind her choices. I have taken on about 50% of her principles and it really opened my eyes up to the way the digestive system works and the WHYs behind her suggestions.
Dr Libby The Real Food Chef and The Real Food Kitchen are amazing books. Not only does she share her nutrition advice, they are also complete cookbooks showing you how to put these tools into practice in a practical way with your meals.
Jessica Sepels book the Healthy Life is a great overview of nutrition. She is not too strict in her views and she includes plently of meal plans and recipes that incorporate beneficial ingredients. I may be slightly biased as I do have one of my own recipes in the collection! Look for ‘Kadys Macaroons’ if you have the book!
This is a book about being brave with your life and how to adapt and thrive in adversity. I first came across Brené Brown from her TED talk on vulnerability which definitely also worth a watch!
Food Matters is a 2008 documentary film about nutrition. The film presents the thesis that a selective diet can play a key role in treating a range of health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease and depression, often substituting for medical treatment. Furthermore, it tends to label the medical industry as a “sickness industry”, which profits more from treating the symptoms of illness than curing the illness.
This documentary examines how mammoth corporations have taken over all aspects of the food chain in the United States, from the farms where our food is grown to the chain restaurants and supermarkets where it’s sold.
Filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig and journalist Katie Couric investigate how the American food industry may be responsible for more sickness than previously realized.
This is one of my absolute favourites. All about sustainability and how our food choices impacts the environment.
If I have left any out, or you have any more recommendations, please let me know! I love these kinds of documentaries, enjoy x