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The Food Babe Way by Vani Hari  

Well-known as a leading food activist, master of social media, and outspoken critic of the poisoning of our food supply, Hari has written a wonderfully accessible and truly useful book, an instant classic, in The Food Babe Way.

Some “important” books, wrestling with hot topics, remain unread on bookshelves. I own a few. The Food Baby Way won’t be one of them. This book is destined to be read cover to cover. From the first page, I found myself drawn to Hari’s story, wrapped in her passion for healthy, non-toxic foods. Then she takes her crusade a big step further with activism. This is who she is.

There is no need for me to recount for you tales of meeting-room bravery on her part, confronting corporate big-shots who famously don’t care.  Vani Hari effectively uses YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pressure, whips up the Food Babe Army, and suddenly the profiteers care!

The Food Babe has brought about truly successful change in the health of the American food supply, and hopefully the American people. Please read her posts and essays on her website, Facebook page, and other social media outlets. Sign up for her email updates. This is important, exciting, relevant work.

If this isn’t enough for you, accept as reality everything encompassed by the subtitle of The Food Babe Way:  “Break Free from the Hidden Toxins in Your Food and Lose Weight, Look Years Younger, and Get Healthy in Just 21 Days!”

The Food Babe Way is a book you’ll read, get excited about, then buy several more copies to give to friends and family as gifts!

@thefoodbabe  #thefoodbabe   @littlebrown   @CathyGruhn  #foodbabeway


The Fat Chance Cookbook by Robert Lustig  

Eating healthily, buying the right foods, preparing meals and getting ahead on food prep: all daunting missions for many. The Fat Chance Cookbook is a guide to shopping, cooking and eating, helping people avoid the hidden sugars in our food supply. This is a major issue in our society, leading us down the road of increased health care costs and a sick population.

Dr. Lustig hates sugar. His best-selling Fat Chance clearly explains how a calorie is not a calorie. Find any of Lustig’s talks on YouTube and listen for a few minutes. He makes a lot of sense, conveying a message with the truth about sugar, fat, carbohydrates and protein.

Consider The Fat Chance Cookbook a companion as you take steps toward a healthier life. Make food buying and prep decisions easier for yourself, lose some weight and feel better, while enjoying flavor and taste.

Plume, $16 trade paperback  

@RobertLustigMD  #FatChance


The Whole30 by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig  

Melissa and Dallas created their well-known 30-day challenge a half dozen years ago, in an effort to turn their own health around. Blogging about their experiences and challenges turned their efforts into a business. The Whole30 is their blueprint for health and freedom from food tyranny.

For years, as a personal trainer, I’ve maintained to clients that their efforts in the gym only create results if the food side of their life straightens out. Melissa and Dallas believe food is the most important element of health and fitness as well, outlined clearly in their earlier book, It Starts With Food

This new guide is meant to jump start a full-on lifestyle makeover. Yes, you’ll probably lose bodyfat if you truly commit to a month of Whole30 eating, but that’s an added bonus. You’ll create a healthier metabolism, heal your digestive tract, calm systemic inflammation, and perhaps most important - your brain will stop sending you crazy, unhealthy food cravings 

I cannot overstate how strongly I feel a month-long commitment to the Whole30 will benefit untold numbers of people. The Whole30 is much more than recipes; they comprise he smaller portion of the book. This is life coaching at it’s best. Erase some bad habits, enrich your mental and physical health. Change your life for the better.   Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $30  

@whole30  #whole30


The Gluten-Free Vegetarian Family Cookbook by Susan O’Brien  


I’m not a vegetarian, don’t advocate being a vegetarian, yet I eat a hell of a lot of vegetables. The Gluten-Free Vegetarian Family Cookbook provides many recipes that easily may be enhanced with the addition of meat, in the dish, or on the side. I’ll certainly be tempted by choices such as Curried Lentil and Spinach Soup, or (on occasion), Oats and Apple Griddlecakes.

Eat your vegetables. Use this cookbook to make prepping vegetables easier in your life, and tastier.

DaCapo Press, $17.99 trade paperback


The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz

Subtitled Why Butter, Meat & Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet, I’m excited this book exists. Of course, author Teicholz is preaching to the choir, in my case, but I’m hoping a few of you convert, or at least feel better about that Kerry Gold butter you’re adding to the pan.

In a nutshell, Big Fat Surprise debunks the supposed straight-line connection between consuming fat, and heart disease. Decades of doctor’s advice, nutritional information from the government, and endless pounding of this message through mass media, have  only resulted in an epidemic of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Teicholz spent years investigating the misinformation concerning dietary fat that people have been living by for decades. She turns the conventional wisdom upside down, stating her claim that more, not less, dietary fat (yes, including saturated fat) is what people need for better health and wellness.

Get delicious farm-fresh eggs, grass-fed butter and whole milk back into your life!

Simon & Schuster, $27.99  

@bigfatsurprise  #bigfatsurprise