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More books you should read if you give a fuck about your health

06/23/15

This post is more than one year old. It might not reflect my current skills and convictions.

In January of this year, I wrote an article about important nutrition books to read. Since then, I read more and I learned many new things. Here is the second part (and probably not the last one) of “Books you should read if you give a fuck about your health.

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan (2011)

Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

I dedicated a specific article to this book. To summarize, it’s a great book and I really enjoyed it even though I don’t agree with everything.

The Drinking Man’s Diet by Robert Cameron (1964)

The Drinking Man's Diet

This book was first published in 1964 and sold more than 2 millions copies in 13 different languages. It is considered as the orignal low-carb diet. It’s a very quick read (30 minutes) and a very funny one too. Although I tend to minimize my alcohol consumption and wouldn’t recommend to drink that much, this diet seems to work because the author of the book died in 2009 at age 98.

Eat Bacon, Don’t Jog: A Contrarian’s Guide to Diet, Exercise, and What Actually Works by Grant Petersen (2014)

Eat Bacon, Don't Jog: A Contrarian's Guide to Diet, Exercise, and What Actually Works

Grant Petersen, author of the best-seller Just Ride, has also a lot of interesting things to say about nutrition. In a collection of short essays, he’s destroying all the false assumptions we have about food and exercise, backed by the latest scientific facts. Eat Bacon refers to the fact that saturared fat is actually healthy and Don’t Jog refers to the fact that short and intense exercises are more efficient than running long distances.

The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet by Nina Teicholz (2014)

The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet

When I bought the book, I didn’t really know what to expect. What I found is a deeply researched investigation to understand why we have been told so wrong about nutrition for decades, and why the very good foods we’ve been denying ourselves are actually good for us. Take a look at this video to have an overview of what happened in the fifties that led us to believe that fat was the enemy to fight.

Foodist by Darya Pino Rose (2013)

Foodist

Last but not least, Foodist is a book I greatly enjoyed. It is totally in line with my current lifestyle of enjoying delicious food without really dieting anymore. When I decided to take care of my health 18 months ago, I put myself on a very strict low-carb diet that made me lose a lot of weight in a very short time. Since then, as I feel great again, I just need to maintain my current health and eating only real food helped me achieve that goal. A diet is something temporary and cannot be sustained over a very long period of time because it requires a lot of willpower and that’s something I don’t have. Foodist is the best resource I found to stay healthy forever, because life should be awesome!

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Do you have anything else to recommend? Thank you!