In regards to healthy living, one such author is Michael Pollan, described by a New York Times Book Review as “liberal foodie intellectual”. Whether you’re already fairly knowledgeable when it comes to healthy eating or you know very little at all, I highly recommend “The Omnivore’s Dilemma”. There is even a “Young Readers Edition” for children!
Other books by this author (which I have not yet had a chance to read) include:
- Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education
- Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur Builder
- The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World
- The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
- In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto
- Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual
I should also mention that I became aware of this book, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by way of a dear friend who was suffering from severe neuropathy of the feet. He had no history of diabetes or otherwise & visited several doctors for an answer -none of whom were able to give him one. After countless tests, medications, more tests, etc., he was speaking with a client one day who is a master chef. The man had been a client and a friend for many years and was aware of my friend’s condition. He told him “We’ve known each other a long time & I consider you like family. I don’t mean to sound preachy so please know I won’t be offended in the least if you decide not to take my advice.” At that point, he told him of Pollan’s book and how it was chock full of important information that may literally change his life. “It’s an easy read” he commented. “If you finish it and decide ‘ok, that was useless’, so be it. But I urge you to at least give it a shot.” My friend, being somewhat cynical, decided he had already tried everything else so why not?
Upon finishing the book, he completely revamped his diet and within months, ALL his symptoms were GONE. When we spoke again, he told me he had never felt better in his life!
Thus I tell you all the same thing his client told him: give it a read. If you find the information to be a bunch of malarkey, so be it. Just remember this: You must put Pollan’s findings into PRACTICE in order to see change…kinda like the Lotto – “Ya can’t win if ya don’t play!”