What I’m Reading and What I’m Learning…

by danielle on December 1, 2012

Within my field of nutrition there is constantly something new to learn and experience. Lately I have been determined to get through all the amazing nutrition books that are on the market right now. It seems like every week a new nutrition book pops up that I am dying to read. While I am slowly making my way through my list of must reads I wanted to share some of my favorites so far and some I cannot wait to read.

What I’m Reading: 

The Diet Cure by Julia Ross 


I found this so fascinating.  The author is actually a psychotherapist who has cured many people with various addictions using amino acid supplementation. The book begins by having you take an 8 section survey to determine which imbalances are occurring in your body. Turns out I have many. She breaks down why these imbalances may be occurring and then guides you through how to supplement with amino acids to aid the imbalance. Genius.

It Starts with Food by Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig 

I loved this book! I was highlighting and folding pages all over the place. It’s not your average Paleo diet book. Dallas and Melissa explain the reasoning (science included) behind why a Paleo diet can help improve health. It explains just how much what we eat affects how our bodies work. I think I read this in two nights flat because I didn’t want to put it down. Definitely worth reading if you’re following a Paleo lifestyle or considering one.

The Slow Down Diet by Marc David 


The message of this book is simple: Slow Down! This was recommended and gifted to me by the fabulous Sarah Jenks and I could not be more happy that she sent it to me. While this is a nutrition book it is not so much about actual foods we should be eating but moreso the practice of eating such foods. There is a huge link between our stress levels and how much we retain from our meals. The more heigtened our cortisol and stress levels are when we eat the more weight we gain. Simple science. Next time you sit down to eat a meal, sit down without distractions, in a quiet room, and take three big deep breaths before you eat. With those simple steps you’re already on your way to slowing down.

What I Can’t Wait to Read: 

Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein 

I’ve heard so many great things from this book…much thanks to Heather and cannot wait to get through it. I’ve already started chapter one and I’m in love with Gabrielle’s positive attitude and spirit.

Add More -Ing To Your Life by Gabrielle Bernstein 

I found this was the precursor to Spirit Junkie so I had to pick it up as well. I guess I started them backwards but this one is sitting in my car waiting for me to read it if I ever get stuck with some down time.

The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte 

I have a fascination with her blog and can’t wait for her new Desire Map to launch so likewise I cannot wait to make it through her book.

Women Food and God by Geneen Roth 


Another one suggested by Sarah that I can wait to read. Eating and diet are about so much more than just food.

Practical Paleo by Diane SanFilippio 
I love the Balanced Bites Podcasts so I can’t wait to check out this book to get some great new recipe ideas. I’ve heard nothing but good reviews of this one.

*Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of It Starts with Food to review. My thoughts on the book are my own and all other books are ones I have chosen on my own to share.

Any books you want to share with me??? What are you currently reading? Any other nutrition geeks like me out there? 

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance December 1, 2012 at 12:07 pm

The Diet Cure and It Starts With Food both sound very interesting. I love researching dietary theories and am always trying to soak up as much information as possible. It’s just so intriguing! :)


danielle December 1, 2012 at 1:46 pm

They were both so fascinating. I couldn’t put either one down!


Lucie December 1, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Now really need to get the Slow Down Diet Book! It’s totally my issue! Thank you for sharing all these amazing books!


danielle December 1, 2012 at 1:45 pm

It’s so awesome Lucie! Definitely check it out!


Linz @ Itz Linz December 1, 2012 at 1:25 pm

I want to read Spirit Junkie, too!! Heather has talked SO highly of it!! Will you share more of what you learned with It Starts With Food?


danielle December 1, 2012 at 1:50 pm

It’s great so far! I’m only a chapter into spirit junkie but I loved it! It starts with Food talked about some of the major problems with our current diets including consumption of grains, dairy, and legumes. It broke down the science of how the hormones in our body work as we eat. When we begin to over-consume certain foods especially those that are highly processed and loaded with grains and sugar, our hormones start working incorrectly and making us believe we’re hungry when we’re not or crave sugar when we don’t need it. Bottom line they encourage you follow a 30 day period where you eliminate these triggers (grains, dairy, and legumes) to solve these hormone imbalances in your body!


Jennifer December 1, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Thank you so much for these suggestions! Great books to put on my Santa list!! I too love to read about nutrition, so many new exciting findings out there!


danielle December 1, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Perfect! Glad I could help!


Kim@hungryhealthygirl December 1, 2012 at 2:12 pm

All of these books look so interesting! I really like the balanced bites podcasts too and have been wanting to get Practical Paleo.


danielle December 2, 2012 at 12:02 am

Me too! Can’t wait to read it!


Brittany @ Delights and Delectables December 1, 2012 at 2:58 pm

I just started reading It Starts With Food! I’m interested to see what all it says since I’m FAR from being paleo! :)


danielle December 2, 2012 at 12:03 am

It’s a great explanation of why paleo works for some people! Hope you enjoy it!


Lisa December 1, 2012 at 4:10 pm

I’m reading the Diet Cure right now too! It’s super interesting! And Spirit Junkie is one of my faves! I’ll need to keep this so I can check out some other of these as well!


danielle December 2, 2012 at 12:02 am

I loved the diet cure. I read through it so fast because I couldn’t stop reading it!


Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 1, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I definitely love learning new things about nutrition, but there seem to be soooooo many conflicting views out there that it becomes too easy to get lost in everything so I kind of gave up on the books and started working on listening to my body more. Right now I’m working my way through Don Quixote… not in the least bit related to nutrition, but one of my favorites :)


danielle December 2, 2012 at 12:04 am

Sounds like the perfect plan! one of the things I love about the majority of these books is they have a huge focus on listening to your internal cues rather than just laying out a one size fits all nutrition plan, as we both know never works ;)


Kristen@Change of Pace December 1, 2012 at 8:02 pm

I really want to read It Starts With Food. You’ve got a bunch of good books on here!


danielle December 2, 2012 at 12:03 am

Thanks Kristen! Definitely check it out! It was a really great read.


Meredith @ DareYouTo December 1, 2012 at 9:39 pm

I’ve read It Starts With Food and liked it a lot, although it’s targeted more for a brand-spankin’ newbie than I was at the time. Definitely lays it all out in simple terms, why eating real FOOD matters. All these other books look interesting, too!


danielle December 2, 2012 at 12:05 am

I agree! I’ve been paleo for awhile but still found the book really inspiring. I loved how simply it broke down the scientific explanations too!


TorontoRunner December 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Hey! I just found your blog and absolutely had to comment on something – Women, Food & God is an unbelievably AMAZING book. Please let us know what you think of it when you get to it! I loved it!


danielle December 2, 2012 at 6:39 pm

So happy you loved it! Just started reading it so can’t wait to learn more!


Sara @ Nourish and Flourish December 3, 2012 at 8:20 am

I LOVE Practical Paleo (amazing recipes and tips!), and really enjoyed Women, Food and God as well. Spirit Junkie has been on my ever-growing list for quite some time, however now I have a couple more to add, thanks to you! It Starts With Food sounds like one I’d really enjoy. I’ve been intrigued by the Paleo Diet for about a year, and am always searching for information that either validates it or refutes it. It sounds like this book offers a lot of the former! :) Thanks for the recommendations, Danielle! <3


danielle December 3, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Definitely check out spirit junkie and it starts with food! I am loving spirit junkie. Currently reading it now and keep going back to reread pages. It’s just awesome!


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