This is a collection of our favorite books – all of these offer a very common-sense approach to healthy eating, dieting, nutrition, taking control of your life (and health) and your relationship with food. Personally I believe these books should be on the “must-read” list for any woman, because we women face unique health challenges and nutritional needs, and don’t often take as good care of ourselves as we do our families, but pretty much all of the wonderful advice found in these books apply to anyone, men as well as women. We hope you’ll enjoy them as much as we do! Be sure to check this page from time to time as we will update it as we read new books that we like and want to share with our readers.

Beck Diet SolutionThe Beck Diet Solution
Author: Judith S. Beck, Ph.D.
This is not so much a diet book as it is a guide to retraining your thinking so you can break from old habits that haven’t worked in the past and adopt new ones that will. Using Cognitive Therapy (“CT”) techniques to modify your thinking so you can change your behaviour, which in turn helps you change the eating/diet patterns you’ve used in the past that have kept you from achieving success. This is also known as the “power of positive thinking” (the same idea espoused in the phenomenally popular book “The Secret”) and surprisingly it can be highly effective, teaching you how to stay motivated and avoid temptation. If you’re fed up with trying every diet out there and still not losing weight or keeping it off, this book might just what you need.

Ten Steps to Healthy EatingLeslie Beck’s 10 Steps to Healthy Eating
Author: Leslie Beck, R.D.
subtitle – “How to Boost Energy, Manage Weight, and Prevent Disease with Food, Diet and Nutrition”
This book is great for people who like to break down tasks into a limited number of steps. Do you number your to-do list? Then you’ll love this book. Leslie’s no-nonsense approach works well because she reminds us of exactly what we should be eating, and how much of it. This book is really helpful for anyone who is confused by the FDA Food Guide Pyramid, or anyone who has been discombobulated by the maze of differing diets and so-called scientific pronouncements about food (remember the “salt raises your blood pressure/no it doesn’t” debate? When the doctors and scientists can’t agree, how are we supposed to know what to do?). This book really helps anyone who reads it to get back on track with some good common sense advice.

Ultimate Nutrition GuideThe Ultimate Nutrition Guide for Women
Author: Leslie Beck, R.D.
subtitle – “How to Stay Healthy with Diet, Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs”
This is a terrific book to help women understand our particular nutrition needs, but of course anyone would benefit from reading it. Leslie Beck does a great job of outlining what our bodies need in the way of nutrition and what foods to eat in order to get (some) of those nutrients. She also clearly explains how it isn’t possible to get everything we need strictly from food, which is why supplements are so important. My mom and I are both devotees of taking daily supplements in the form of vitamins, minerals, and herbs (and our opinion – based on personal experience and partly on evidence from a number of research studies – is that the Shaklee brand of nutritional supplements are the best there are). This book is a good guide to learning how to improve your overall health by making sure you’re feeding your body the right things every day.

Healthy AgingHealthy Aging
Author: Andrew Weil, M.D.
This is probably one of the most important books written on the subject of health and aging. It is without doubt the definitive guide to taking control of your health (mental as well as physical), and offers a really practical, common-sense approach to what you can (and can’t) do about aging, health, and fitness in an easy-to-read format that never comes across as preachy. Dr. Weil has a beautiful conversational writing style that doesn’t use a lot of fancy medical jargon or confusing terminology. Instead he instills a positive attitude in the reader, and encourages goals that really can be accomplished with sound advice and suggestions that are realistic. This book is going to be on my list of gifts I’ll give to those I care about this coming Holiday Season!

Get The Sugar OutGet The Sugar Out
Author: Ann Louis Gittleman, M.S., C.N.S.
subtitle- “501 Simple Ways to Cut the Sugar Out of Any Diet”
This is a wonderful common-sense guide to finding the sugar in your diet and eliminating as much of it as you can, with easy to follow advice. If you haven’t already read my post on “More Bad News for Sugar” I encourage you to read it – this is one of the most important changes you can make that will produce positive benefits and results for you.

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