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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


Recent Books I Like (A Lot)

Here’s a rundown of recently-published books I think are worth your attention:

Unbreakable Runner: Unleash the Power of Strength & Conditioning for a Lifetime of Running Strong by Brian MacKenzie and T.J. Murphy

So many CrossFit athletes find themselves doing more running than they’re used to. Injuries often follow. Co-author MacKenzie, the creator of CrossFit Endurance, is the contemporary running coach I listen to. Read Unbreakable Runner. Learn. Run more strongly and with confidence. I consider this the Runners Bible of this era.,,







 Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a low-carb, high-fat diet by Jimmy Moore with Eric Westman, MD.

Unlike some low-carb, high-fat protocol-suggesting books, Keto Clarity is written by a guy who’s lived the process. Jimmy Moore has been writing and podcasting for years, in a transparent manner, about the daily ups and downs of his life. He’s pulled himself back from the brink of disaster, losing 180 pounds, transforming everything from his health to virtually his life. 

Whether Keto Clarity is definitive or not is up to you to decide. I find it to be compelling reading, quite informative, and full of “moment of clarity” snippets that could be compiled and published on their own. I highly recommend Keto Clarity to everyone struggling to maintain healthy bodyweight.,




Pushing the Limits: Total Body Strength with no Equipment by Al Kavadlo

Amazing body art on author Kavadlo enhances the photographic appeal of this book. I enjoy learning and practicing bodyweight exercises, and Pushing the LImits doesn’t disappoint. No matter your skill level at exercising, you’ll learn something new and cool from this book. I like it.





Real Life Paleo by Stacy Toth and Matthew McCarry was published a year ago. Misplacing it under a stack of unrelated books kept it from my eyes all this time. Hopefully I can make up for lost time, telling you how Real Life Paleo is an effective roadmap to successfully transition to a healthy Paleo lifestyle for both individuals and families. Tear-out guides assist in clear understanding. I’m impressed with the photograph accompanying each of the 175 gluten-free recipes. This isn’t art, it’s real life. Buy this book, and you’ll find Real Life Paleo soon spattered with food, as it’ll live in your kitchen.

The Running Revolution: How to Run Faster, Farther, and Injury-Free - For Life by Dr. Nicholas Romanov

Romanov is a legendary running guru. He’s the developer of Pose Method running, adopted by many CrossFit coaches and athletes. The Running Revolution basically is a blueprint for learning how to run differently and correctly, employing the Pose Method. I most enjoyed his techniques for pain-free running, and the science behind it. You owe it to yourself to read and put into use The Running Revolution.,

Goggles & Dust: Images from Cycling’s Glory Days (The Horton Collection)

My hardcore knowledge of competitive cycling from the 1920s and ‘30s is limited to how damn hard the athletes worked, in unbelievable conditions, with the most primitive of equipment. The photographs in Goggles & Dust, shot in those two decades, were taken from original silver gelatin prints. They are wonderfully clear. This is crazy stuff, the true pioneers of competitive cycling captured on and off the bike.





It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig

Updating their popular (and proven) Whole 30 program, the Hartwig’s book (and, frankly, their website and community) will help anyone to be healthier, happier, and experience a dramatic upswing in their life. Indeed, It Starts With Food couldn’t be more truthful or impactful. This is common-sense, smart writing about what’s most important for all of us.







Elvis & Ginger: Elvis Presley’s Fiancee and Last Love Finally Tells Her Story by Ginger Alden

Unbelievable. 2014 and now this book is coming out. I grew up listening to Presley, watching his bad movies, buying his records, knowing he was The King. One of his last performances took place in the Pontiac Silverdome and I was there. An entire library of tell-all books, seemingly written by everyone who ever hung out with Elvis, have been appearing for decades. And now, the book written by the woman who found Presley’s body after he died, finally appears.

If you’re a hardcore Elvis Presley fan, you must read and own Elvis & Ginger. I’m guessing the rest of the world will take a pass.







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