The best books for when you’re confused about what to eat

Gin Stephens Author Of Clean(ish): Eat (Mostly) Clean, Live (Mainly) Clean, and Unlock Your Body's Natural Ability to Self-Clean
By Gin Stephens

The Books I Picked & Why

Spoon-Fed: Why Almost Everything We've Been Told about Food Is Wrong

By Tim Spector

Spoon-Fed: Why Almost Everything We've Been Told about Food Is Wrong

Why this book?

Tim Spector is a professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London and one of my favorite health researchers. In Spoon-Fed, Dr. Spector examines top myths about health, such as “nutritional guidelines and diet plans apply to everyone,” “calories accurately measure how fattening a food is,” and “gluten is dangerous.”


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Fiber Fueled: The Plant-Based Gut Health Program for Losing Weight, Restoring Your Health, and Optimizing Your Microbiome

By Will Bulsiewicz

Fiber Fueled: The Plant-Based Gut Health Program for Losing Weight, Restoring Your Health, and Optimizing Your Microbiome

Why this book?

Dr. Will Bulsiewicz is a board-certified gastroenterologist and gut health expert. In his book, he will teach you how to optimize your gut microbiome by choosing foods that encourage the gut-bug species you want to thrive. If you’ve struggled with gut health, this book can help you heal. If you’ve spent time removing food after food from your diet, thinking avoidance is the key to better gut health, he can teach you how to safely reintroduce foods rather than eliminate more and more “problematic” foods.


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The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World's Healthiest People

By Dan Buettner

The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World's Healthiest People

Why this book?

Author Dan Buettner shares what he has learned by studying the diets, eating habits, and lifestyle practices of the communities known as “Blue Zones”—Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula; Ikaria, Greece; and Loma Linda, California. What do these longevity hot spots have in common? It’s not just what you eat; it’s also how you live.


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Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook That Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats

By Sally Fallon

Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook That Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats

Why this book?

This classic first came out in 2001, but it’s a classic for a reason. In it, Sally Fallon and Mary Enig share principles related to the work of Dr. Weston Price: eat real foods, modeled after traditional diets from around the world.  Not only do they explain why certain foods are important nutritionally, you’ll find a collection of recipes because this book is at its heart a cookbook.


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In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

By Michael Pollan

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

Why this book?

Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food is also a classic, coming out in 2008. This book takes you deeper into the world of ultra-processed foods vs. whole foods—though the term “ultra-processed” wasn’t yet being used when he wrote this book. His famous “eater’s manifesto”—Eat food.  Not too much. Mostly plants. – is the tl/dr version, but if you want to learn more about how he came up with this manifesto, you’ll find it all within these pages. 


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