The nutrition world can be a daunting one. You can often experience information overload when sifting through the news, social media, and the opinions of your community and friend groups. Aside from seeing me for specific nutrition needs and support, I’ll sharing my top recommended books on nutrition. I hope it makes things a little less daunting.

I always stress being an informed/critical consumer as best as you can. It helps to focus more on information from trusted providers and reading well-researched books by trusted providers and authors.

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, by Michael Pollan 

This book is a wonderful place to begin for someone just starting out on a “health journey” or wanting to learn more about what “healthy” can really mean. Michael Pollan is a journalist who has written a wide range of books on food and nutrition. He is famous for his line in this book that goes “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants”. As you read further into the book, you learn how complex those three short sentences really are.

The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People, by Dan Buettner 

Dan Buettner is an educator and author that has spent time in the 5 places in the world with the highest density of centenarians (or those who are 100 years old or more) to discover what their keys are to longevity and health. He has written many books on the subject, but I particularly enjoy this one where he and his team use this longevity research and work to implement it into American communities that could benefit from it. 

Body Kindness: Transform Your Health from the Inside Out, by Rebecca Scritchfield 

My patients know that I will always incorporate our relationship with food into any nutrition conversation. We cannot be well and live sustainably if we ignore our thoughts and emotions around food and our bodies. This book is an amazing practical resource to slowly practice intuitive eating and heal your relationship with food to lead to a lifetime of freedom and peace.

You might be thinking “wow, that’s a pretty short list”. And I would say, yes, you are right. And I did that on purpose to refer back to the top of our conversation on the idea of an overwhelming and daunting world of nutrition. 

We do not need to know everything about everything. We can learn a few impactful and significant concepts that will carry us into a sustainable and healthy life. 

I encourage you to pick up one of my top recommended books on nutrition or all of these books at your library or local bookstore. Sit with them, make notes, refer back to them, chat with me about them.

Focus on them for a bit and slowly find yourself inching away from the previously daunting nutrition outlets. You might find that limiting your consumption can truly bring you the most information.