Book Reviews

I can’t imagine where I’d be without all the reading I’ve done and all the research I’ve put into a healthy lifestyle over the last three and a half years so I want to share what I’ve learned with you and encourage you to do the same.

Book Reviews

I am constantly reading health and nutrition books and one of the things I’d like to do for you is give you my review of each after I’ve read it. I can’t imagine where I’d be without all the reading I’ve done and all the research I’ve put into a healthy lifestyle over the last three and a half years so I want to share what I’ve learned with you and encourage you to do the same. Gaining knowledge in this area could literally save your life so it’s worth the time and effort it takes to put into this.

You might be saying - great idea but I can’t afford to buy books very often. I totally hear you! I rarely buy books because they can get really pricey. I only buy if it’s one I absolutely love and I know I’ll want to refer back to it. I love free so I use the local library system to check out books and download them to my kindle! It’s awesome! I also have Amazon Prime so I can find books in that platform and I subscribe to Kindle Unlimited and find lots of great books there. While those do have a fee, since I read multiple books each month it’s SO worth it to me. But you can absolutely find tons of great books through the library so it’s completely free. :)

In the future I hope to share a little more per book and share more details but since I’m looking back over the last month or two and sharing about multiple books here I’ll keep each one shorter. Plus, after I’ve read several, it can all run together and I don’t remember which specific detail came from which book. haha! But hopefully this will help. I’ve also got a resource page with recommended books and the ones that are super top notch will end up on that list.

So let’s get started!

Eat Rich, Live Long by Ivor Cummins and Jeffrey Gerber is a great book with lots of helpful advice. They do a great job of really explaining things well and using great analogies to help things be easy to understand. One of the things I loved in this book were the stories shared that show personal achievements people have made with a low carb diet. This book also has a great step by step guide to live a low-carb life and they include great recipes. I would definitely say this is one of the better books that I’ve read and would place it in the top recommendations to check out.

The Calorie Myth by Jonathan Bailor is definitely one of the best books I’ve read. It explains how the “calories in - calories out” mantra is so wrong and makes it easy to understand why. The whole obsession our country has with calories is one of my biggest frustrations now that I understand how food works in our bodies. I wish EVERYONE could read this book to understand why they need to STOP worrying about calories and instead focus on the quality of food. While this book isn’t necessarily keto or low-carb specific, it’s got great information and does a great job teaching us how to be healthy - which is ultimately the whole goal. There are also tons of great recipes in it as well. This would definitely be in my top 5 recommendations - maybe even the very top!

Another one of my favorite books I’ve ever read is The Great Cholesterol Myth by Jonny Bowden PhD and Stephen Sinatra MD. Full disclosure - I did not see that there was a revised edition before reading it so the edition I read was the older one but I have since purchased the new edition and will be skimming through that to see what is different. One of the most heavily medicated conditions in this country is high cholesterol and after you read this book you’ll be shocked at what the studies show about not only how statin drugs do very little to help cholesterol levels but that cholesterol isn’t the big, bad, scary problem that doctors and pharmaceutical companies want us to believe it is. If you’ve been told you have high cholesterol, if you have a history of high cholesterol in your family, or if you worry about what your levels are you MUST read this book. Especially before agreeing to take any medication.

Keto Diet for Dummies by Rami & Vicky Abrams - I’d rate this book a little lower than most of the health books I’ve read just because there were some parts that I didn’t agree with based on all the research I’ve done over the last 3 1/2 years. Overall though the information is great and there are a lot of good principles shared in this book. It’s great for a beginner and gives some good advice about how to start and what to expect. One of my favorite things about this book is all the recipes in the back. There are a lot of them and they’re well presented and they’re not super difficult recipes. They’re full of “normal” ingredients rather than fancy stuff you have to go search for at specialty stores and the instructions are simple and easy to follow.

Keto Diet Hacks by Lindsay Boyers is a handy little book that’s an easy read and has lots of great tips in it. There were a few things that I wouldn’t necessarily agree with in the book but overall I loved all the tips that were shared. If you’re a beginner and you need an easy guide to getting started, this could be helpful. This book is also in the Kindle Unlimited library if you have that. :)

As I mentioned, these are a few of the ones I’ve read recently and as I work through others I’ll continue to share my review and maybe even share some favorites quotes and ideas from each book. I also share recipes here each Friday and some of them come from these books so make sure to subscribe if you haven’t already so you can get all those delicious meal options in your inbox.

Happy reading!