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My Favorite Books on Food and Healthy Living

I absolutely love books.  My husband describes me as a closet librarian.  Perhaps it is because I read so much, or maybe it has to do with the fact that I have cataloged my collection of over 2,000 books using the Dewey decimal system and they are all recorded in a searchable database.

Here is a list of my favorite books on food and healthy living:

  • The Busy Mom’s Guide to Simple Living – Creative Ideas and Practical Ways for Making the Most of What You Have by Jackie Wellwood
  • Healthy Foods – An Irreverent Guide to Understanding Nutrition and Feeding Your Family Well by Leanne Ely, C.N.C
  • Breakfasts by Sue Gregg
  • Eat Fat, Lose Fat  by Dr. Mary Enig and Sally Fallon
  • Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
  • The Maker’s Diet by Jordan Rubin

Books for Beginners:

The Busy Mom’s Guide to Simple Living – Creative Ideas and Practical Ways for Making the Most of What You Have by Jackie Wellwood – One of the first books I read when I started getting interested in frugal and healthy living.  This is the one that got me thinking about making my own bread.

Healthy Foods – An Irreverent Guide to Understanding Nutrition and Feeding Your Family Well by Leanne Ely, C.N.C – This is a great starting point with healthy meals that are easy to cook.  She uses some basic prepared foods, i.e. beans, tuna, tomatoes, etc., which make meals quicker.  She had (still has, I think) a service called Menu Mailers that I used for a while.  She would send out weekly menus with shopping lists and recipes.  I had never eaten a sweet potato in my life until I used one of her menus.  All I knew about sweet potatoes was the marshmallow, brown sugar stuff I had seen on holidays and that wasn’t anything I was ever willing to try.  We now eat a lot of baked sweet potatoes with butter, salt and pepper; however, one of our favorite ways to eat them is raw – just peel and slice.  Yum!!

Breakfasts by Sue Gregg – I learned so much from this book!  It tells all the different types of grains and ways to use them.  Some of the grains that I had never heard of, we now use regularly.  She has a revised and updated 2007 addition that I would love to get in the future.  My old one is falling apart from being used so often.  I think she has taken out the use of soy (maybe some fermented soy) and incorporated more of the Nourishing Traditions methods.  Our favorite pancake recipe came from this book.  We don’t even try eating pancakes out anywhere else because they just don’t taste as good.  The batter is made with oatmeal that has been soaked overnight in buttermilk.  They have the best flavor!  Our other favorite is Lentil and Brown Rice Casserole.  We roll this up in tortillas and add lettuce, tomatoes and yogurt.

More Advanced Books:

Eat Fat, Lose Fat  by Dr. Mary Enig and Sally Fallon – This is a mini version of Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions (NT).  Some people find NT a bit overwhelming at first. 

Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon – This book is loaded with information!!!  It doesn’t follow the ADA recommendations for a healthy diet.  It goes back to what I consider a common sense, God-given diet.  If we eat foods the way God made them, they can’t be bad!!  It is when we get hold of them and start “changing them to make them better” that we mess everything up!!

The Maker’s Diet by Jordan Rubin – This book uses a lot of information from Nourishing Traditions.  The author was very ill and this book tells how he got well.  He is a Christian so there isn’t anything New Age-y in it.  He does promote his own products quite a bit, but it is fairly easy to overlook.  I think his products are good, but don’t know that they all have to be used.

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