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Including Diet for a New America, Diet for a Poisoned Planet, Reducing Sugar, Fat, and
Salt Consumption, Vegetarian and Vegan Cookbooks, Live Foods and Juicing, Losing Weight, Special Diets, and Cookbooks to Promote Healing
may want to examine and/or print out the U.S. federal government's Dietary Guidelines for Americans
and/or their Food Guide Pyramid
(either the interactive version or
the best printable version)
from the Food and Nutrition Information Center Web
For food shopping, you may want to try your local food co-op or your local health food store.
Diet for a New America
Diet for a New America: How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness and the Future of Life on Earth, by John Robbins, who founded Earthsave. Reviewed by Amazon.com.
Diet for a New America (video), by John Robbins. Reviewed by Amazon.com.
The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World, by John Robbins, who founded Earthsave. Published on July 11, 2001. Reviewed by Amazon.com.
May All Be Fed: A Diet for a New World: Including Recipes by Jia Patton and Friends, by John Robbins. Reviewed by Amazon.com.
John Robbins founded Earthsave, which advocates vegetarianism as a way to improve your health and the health of the planet.
Diet for a Poisoned Planet
Out of print.
Diet for a Poisoned Planet: How to Choose Safe Foods for You and Your Family, by David Steinman. Reviewed by Amazon.com.
Reducing Sugar, Fat, and Salt Consumption
The U.S. federal government's Dietary Guidelines for Americans advocates consuming less sugar, less fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol, and less salt and sodium. (They also state that if you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation.) This advice is much more easily offered than followed because consuming sugar and fat is fun. Here are some resources to help you consume less sugar and fat, and possibly even try giving up sugar. (You can consume less salt by consuming fewer processed foods and going easy on the salt shaker.) I've also included some suggestions for other ways to relax or have fun instead of eating junk food.
Sugar Busters!: Cut Sugar to Trim Fat, by H. Leighton Steward (editor), Morrison C. Bethea, MD, Sam S. Andrews, MD, and Luis A. Balart, MD. Sugar is America's most widely consumed drug, with Americans consuming an average of around 150 pounds of sugar per person each year. This book suggests lowering (but not necessarily eliminating) sugar consumption in order to lose weight and improve your health. It goes beyond simply advocating reducing sugar consumption to advocate a diet designed to minimize the body's insulin production. Published in 1998. Reviewed by Amazon.com.
Why not try giving up sugar for awhile and see if you feel better?
Note: I recognize that sugar (as well as dietary fat) is quite popular because it provides enjoyment and pleasure. I'm definitely in favor of enjoyment and pleasure (within reasonable boundaries). But I want to let people know about the health costs of dietary sugar and fat and let them know about healthy pleasures as well. Then everyone can decide for themselves how much of what type of pleasure they want to enjoy or indulge in (being aware of both the joy and the cost of different types of pleasure).
Eating is also sometimes used as a form of stress control. Exercise and stretching are just two of many alternative ways to relieve stress.
Sugar Busters!: Cut Sugar to Trim Fat (audio cassette), by H. Leighton Steward (editor), Morrison C. Bethea, MD, Sam S. Andrews, MD, and Luis A. Balart, MD. Published in Oct. 1998. Reviewed by Amazon.com.
Less expensive pocketbook edition.
Lick the Sugar Habit, by Nancy Appleton. Also available in a less expensive pocketbook edition. This book focuses in detail on the negative health consequences of Americans consuming an average of around 150 pounds of sugar per year, while Sugar Busters! focuses more on a plan for reducing sugar consumption. My personal recommendation would be to give up junk food altogether and focus on a healthy diet. Reviewed by Amazon.com.
Sugar Blues, by William Duffy, focuses on the history of America's most popular and widely consumed drug, sugar. Reviewed by Amazon.com.
Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill: The Complete Guide to Fats, Oils, Cholesterol and Human Health, by Udo Eramus, is an exhaustive 456-page analysis of dietary fat and its effect upon human health. Here are 2 quotes from the book: 1) "A large body of research indicates that if we want to remain healthier longer, we need to reduce our total fat consumption from over 40% down to between 15 and 20% of total calories." [page 403.] 2) "Our intake of EFAs [essential fatty acids] should be at least one-third of total fat intake, no matter what our total level of fat consumption is." [page 399.]
Book Deal- Buy The 1st edition of Laurel's Kitchen for $.98-$3.95 as of 9/2/01.
The New Laurel's Kitchen: A Handbook for Vegetarian Cookery and Nutrition, by Laurel Robertson, Carol Flinders and Brian Ruppenthal.
The New Moosewood Cookbook, by Mollie Katzen. Also available in a less-expensive paperback edition. A revised and expanded 2000 edition of this classic vegetarian cookbook, with lighter and healthier food recipes than the original cookbook. Reviewed by Amazon.com.
Publisher out of stock in Nov. 2000.
Fast Vegetarian Feasts: Delicious, Healthy Meals You Can Make in 45 Minutes or Less, by Martha Rose Shulman. Reviewed by Amazon.com.
There is also an online vegetarian cookbook, Veggies Unite!.
Vegan Handbook: Over 200 Delicious Recipes, Meal Plans, and Vegetarian Resources for All Ages (Vegetarian Journal Reports Series, 2nd Bk.), by Debra Wasserman. Reviewed by Amazon.com.
Simply Vegan: Quick Vegetarian Meals, by Debra Wasserman, with a nutrition section by Reed Mangels, Ph.D., R.D.
The Single Vegan: Simple, Convenient, and Appetizing Meals for One, by Leah Leneman.
Simple Food for the Good Life, by Helen Nearing. Reviewed by Amazon.com. (See also The Good Life: Helen and Scott Nearing's Sixty Years of Self-Sufficient Living, by Helen and Scott Nearing.)
A Celebration of Wellness: A Cookbook for Vibrant Living: Over 300 Heart Healthy, No Dairy, No Cholesterol, Nonfat & Lowfat Inspired Recipes, by James Levin, M.D. and Natalie Cederquist. This upbeat vegan cookbook is profusely illustrated with playful countercultural drawings. Reviewed by Amazon.com.
- See also the vegan McDougal cookbooks below. -
Live Foods and Juicing
Out of print.
Vibrant Living: A Live Foods Resource and Recipe Book, by James Levin, M.D. and Natalie Cederquist.
Getting the Best Out of Your Juicer: Featuring a Comprehensive Dictionary of Juices, by William H. Lee, R.Ph., Ph.D.
Juicing for Life, by Cherie Calbom and Maureen Keane. Reviewed by Amazon.com.
Smart Eating: Choosing Wisely, Living Lean, by Rhonda Gates and Covert Bailey. Reviewed by Amazon.com.
Smart Exercise: Burning Fat, Getting Fit, by Covert Bailey. Reviewed by Amazon.com.
Special Diets to Lose Weight and Promote a Healthy Heart
The New Pritikin Program: The Easy and Delicious Way to Shed Fat, Lower Your Cholesterol, and Stay Fit, by Robert Pritikin.
The McDougall Program: Twelve Days to Dynamic Health, by John A. McDougall, M.D. Reviewed by Amazon.com.
The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss, by Mary McDougall and John A. McDougall, M.D. Reviewed by Amazon.com.
The McDougall Health-Supporting Cookbook: Volume One, by Mary McDougall.
The McDougall Health-Supporting Cookbook: Volume Two, by Mary McDougall.
The New McDougall Cookbook: 300 Delicious Ultra-Low-Fat Recipes from the Creators of the renowned McDougall Program and Dr. McDougall's Right Foods, by Mary McDougall and John A. McDougall, M.D. Reviewed by Amazon.com.
Special Diets to Help Heal the G.I. Tract
Dr. Braly's Food Allergy and Nutrition Revolution: For Permanent Weight Loss and a Longer, Healthier Life, by James Braly, M.D. Reviewed by Amazon.com.
Allergy & Candida Cooking Made Easy, by Sondra K. Lewis and Lonnett Dietrich Blakley. Caution: this is a very restricted diet that can lead to malnutrition and should only be carefully used if medically necessary.
Cookbooks to Promote Healing
Out of print.
Cooking for Healthy Healing, over 650 pages, by Linda Rector Page, N.D., Ph.D. Diets and recipes for alternative healing. Click here to see the book's table of contents. (See also Healthy Healing.) Reviewed by Amazon.com.
- See also nutritional supplements. -
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