My real food journey truly began almost ten years ago after the birth of my second child. Before that, I thought I was eating healthy by choosing non-fried food at fast food restaurants or just choosing a salad. I didn’t realize that where my food came from mattered. I had no clue that how my food was produced and grown could impact my health or the health of my children. I didn’t come to real food by way of a personal health crises. I just wanted something better for my family.
Along the way, I discovered some great books that influenced how I changed the way I ate. These are the top six books that I read towards the start of my journey.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollen really looks into why real food is important, not only to our health but to the health of the earth. It made me question everything from where was my food coming from, to what prompted me to continue to eat what I was used to eating.
The Maker’s Diet by Jordan Rubin was one of the first books on traditional diets that I read. I was amazed at his story of healing by eating Biblically and implemented that into my family’s lives. Switching over to real food was key to good health. Getting rid of the pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, hormones, antibiotics, and processed foods are the only way to stay healthy. Through reading this book I decided to become a Certified Biblical Health Coach in 2006.
The Great Physician’s Prescription for Health and Wellness by Jordan Rubin really hammered home what I needed to be doing for myself and my family in regards to health. From eating a diet as close to nature as possible to using natural cleaning products, this book covered all the bases for me. I read and reread it and implemented much of what is covered. I saw big changes in our overall health and wellness.
Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon is my real food bible! This is where I really learned the how’s and why’s of real, traditional food and how to properly prepare it. No kitchen should be without it. It will quickly become very well-worn.
Dr. Mercola’s Total Health Program by Dr. Joseph Mercola taught me how to eat properly for my metabolic type. There are three types: Protein, Carb, and Mixed. I am a protein type and do much better eating meat than I do bread. This is where I first learned about using coconut oil and have never looked back!
Real Food What to Eat and Why by Nina Planck confirmed everything that I had learned from the Biblical Health Coaching course and all of the other books combined. Nina takes the reader through her real food journey, breaking down what real food really means and why we should care.
I’m not saying that I agree with everything in these books 100%. However, I was able to take and use a lot of the content of each and apply them to our lives.
What books did you read that kickstarted your real food journey? How have you changed because of the things you implemented from those books?
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